It's important that your hearing aid is performing at full capacity in order for you to receive the complete benefits that it can provide. Here's what you can do to keep it running well:
- Open the battery door each time the hearing aid is removed. This will prevent moisture build up and help dry out the hearing aid.
- Clean the hearing aid daily, using the provided brush and a tissue. Cleaning will prevent wax build up in the tube leading from the speaker to the outside of the hearing aid. Make sure you do not push wax down the tubing.
- Never sleep in your hearing aid. Remove it before going to bed.
- Your ear should be cleared of wax on a regular basis.
- A dry-aid kit should be used daily. It contains moisture-absorbing silicone crystals. The silicone can be recharged by putting it in the oven once the color changes to pink. The hearing aid’s battery has to be removed before using the kit.
- To avoid feedback in your hearing aid, turn it off before placing in your ear.
- If your hearing aid is malfunctioning, it may be necessary to have a professional conduct hearing aid repair, or re-program your hearing aid.
Choosing the right hearing aid is more than just selecting a hearing device.
The first step is to find a provider you trust. You don’t want someone who works off of a commission, but rather someone who has your best interest at heart. You want a provider with education and experience. You want someone who has access to a wide range of devices and isn’t obligated to sell you certain hearing aids to meet their goals. You’ll also want to choose a provider who will perform extensive testing so that the hearing aid you choose will work effectively.
When you work with an audiologist, you’ll get the knowledge, experience and testing you need to find the right solution to meet your unique needs. You’ll have a wide variety of hearing aid options from which to choose and an expert to help you make the right choice.
Though today’s digital hearing aids are reliable, durable and easy-to-use, they require proper care and maintenance to prolong their life and provide optimal performance.
Upon receiving your hearing aids, we will teach you how to clean and maintain your hearing aids at home. Because your hearing aids are subjected to moisture, heat, earwax, oil and other debris, they need to be cleaned daily, using a soft cloth. Never use household cleaners, as they can damage the delicate circuitry within your hearing aids. Change the wax filter as needed.
Other ways to keep your hearing aids in ideal condition include:
- Keep your devices away from sources of heat and moisture. At night, place your hearing aids on a safe, dry surface with the battery door open.
- Remove your hearing aids before applying make-up and hair care products.
- Help your batteries last longer by turning off your hearing aids when they’re not in use. Remember to keep hearing aid and batteries in a safe, dry place, out of reach of children and animals.
When you purchase hearing aids, you’re making an investment – in yourself, your relationships and your quality of life.
Buying hearing aids online or in box big stores may be convenient and offer savings, but the devices could be poor quality, ill-fitting, improperly programmed, or ineffective for your type and severity of hearing loss.
Hearing aid lemon laws can protect you if you’ve invested in a defective device, but it’s still important to work with a trusted hearing specialist to choose a hearing aid that will fit your specific needs and lifestyle.
With Better Hearing and Speech Month upon us, there’s no better time to dispel the misconceptions that are circulating about hearing loss and the types of treatment available to help those with the disorder.
Some common hearing loss myths debunked:
Hearing loss only affects older people and is merely a “sign of aging.”
In fact, the most common type of hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, is on the rise in younger generations. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate based on age.
Your primary care physician will make you aware if you have hearing loss.
Hearing screenings are skipped in approximately 85% of routine physicals.
If you had hearing loss, you’d know.
Because the onset is often gradual, you might be unaware that your hearing is impaired.
The New Hearing Technology: Nobody sees it. But you hear it all.
You've seen what's happened to electronics lately.
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