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Hearing Aids

Do’s And Don’ts With Your Hearing Aid

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Hearing Aids

Do’s And Don’ts With Your Hearing Aid

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Hearing Aids

4 Reasons to Keep a Backup Hearing Aid

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Do’s And Don’ts With Your Hearing Aid

Your hearing aid is an advanced piece of technology which can maximize your hearing experience. To help you make the most of your hearing device, we have compiled a list of tips, as well as do’s and don’ts. Read on, whether you’re a first time hearing aid user or a long-time wearer.

General Advice

  • Firstly, make sure your device has been fitted professionally. It was chosen to suit your hearing loss and lifestyle. Take the time to get to know it’s features, enabling the best hearing experience possible.
  • Gradually get used to different noise levels and situations. Some features help you focus by reducing distracting background noise.
  • If you suffer with tinnitus, check for features that help cancel it out.
  • Loud sounds will be jarring at first, and busy environments tiring. Be patient; your tolerance will improve.
  • If your voice sounds different to you, don’t worry, you will adjust to this!
  • Learn about apps, Bluetooth functions and find out where you can connect to hearing loops (usually theaters, cinemas and sporting centres).
  • If the skin of the ear feels irritated, check for any scratches in the ear canal and check your device for mold.
  • Gently clean and dry your aid and your ears. If irritation persists, contact your hearing center as you could have an allergy to one of the hearing aid materials.

When to wear and when not to

It is recommended to wear hearing aids most of the day. However, if this is your first pair you will need to build up the time you feel comfortable with them in. But remember, it can take a while to get used the sensation of hearing with them and also with how it fits.

There are times it is not recommended to wear your hearing aids…

  • Whilst you sleep – it is best to give your ears a rest.
  • Avoid wearing in humid environments, whilst near to water i.e swimming or showering and when playing sports.
  • When applying hairspray, sun lotion, perfume or cosmetics.

Hearing Aid Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t keep hearing aids or batteries in reach of dogs or children.
  • Don’t expect to hear everything perfectly, it would be overwhelming if nothing was filtered out.
  • Do a quick check when you put them; rub your hands together near each ear. Can you hear this on both sides?
  • Do keep spare batteries.
  • Do dab baby oil in the ear to help insert your device easier.
  • Do make the effort to listen to people, not just hear. Watch body language, their mouth and hand movements too.
  • Do try these exercises to adjust to wearing hearing aids:
    • With eyes closed, work out where something is by its sound only.
    • Eyes closed, see if you can tell the difference between sounds of speech.
    • Listen to an audio-book and read along at the same time.
    • Watch television with subtitles.

Hearing Aid Maintenance

  • Clean away earwax, grease and moisture using a soft cloth, or cleaning tools.
  • Store switched off and in a cool dry place with battery compartment open.
  • Use a damp (NOT WET) cloth to clean receiver tube and dome.
  • If any parts look discolored or feel brittle contact your hearing center.

Above all, do persevere with your hearing aids. It takes time to get used to them, but amongst other health benefits they can help keep your brain sharp for longer. If you would like further advice on any of the points raised, please do get in touch. Request an appointment today, or call us on (507) 208-7002.

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Tips for Traveling with Hearing Aids / Hearing Loss

Travel has become an important part of our everyday lives. From leisure to business travel, it can be an invigorating and enjoyable experience, but can also be stressful. For the over 10 million Americans who wear hearing aids, travel can be even more difficult. We’re here to help with these tips for traveling with hearing aids.

Remember the Essentials

The last thing you want to happen when you’re traveling is for you to forget something important to keep your hearing aids in working order. Have you packed the following essentials?

  1. Extra Batteries – It may be more difficult than you anticipate to find new hearing aid batteries when you’re away from home. Pack an extra pair, to ensure that you have your needs covered.
  2. Cleaning Kit – It’s easy to fall out of a routine when you’re away, but it’s important to remember to maintain your daily cleaning of your hearing aids as much as possible. This will also provide the added bonus of helping to protect them against any additional wear and tear.
  3. Charging station and charger cable – It’s one of the most important tools to pack if you use rechargeable hearing aids, but also one of the easiest to forget! Make sure you pack your necessary charging kit.
  4. Dryer or dehumidifier – Traveling somewhere hot and humid? Make sure you bring your dryer or dehumidifier along. Using it every night will help dry out your hearing aids and keep them in working order.
  5. Bluetooth accessories – Don’t forget your bluetooth accessories, particularly if these are something you use regularly. Often these accessories can actually make travel easier. A remote mic, for example, can make communication with airline employees much easier if you’re in a crowded environment like an airport.

Flying with Hearing Aids

If your travel plans involve air travel, remember the following:

  1. Keep important hearing aid supplies in your carry-on bag – Unexpected delays are unfortunately part and parcel of air travel. You do not want an unanticipated delay to cause difficulty with your hearing aids, but by keeping supplies in your carry-on you needn’t worry or wait until you finally access your checked luggage. Make sure you include extra batteries, accessories and a cleaning kit in your bag.
  2. Wear your hearing aids through security – Before going through the scanner, let the security agent know that you are wearing hearing aids. Although they are unlikely to set off the metal detectors, it’s always best to give them a head’s up! Wearing your hearing aids through security will ensure you can hear any instructions from airport staff.
  3. Wear your hearing aids during the flight – Don’t be tempted to take your hearing aids out in the air. Wearing your aids will ensure that you will hear important announcements or information during your flight. Alert flight staff that you are wearing hearing aids.  

Remember, travel should be an enjoyable experience! Follow the tips above to maximize your enjoyment and reduce stress. If you want to learn more about traveling with hearing aids, we’d be happy to speak with you. Call us on (507) 208-7002 or click here to Request an Appointment today.

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4 Reasons to Keep a Backup Hearing Aid

While today’s hearing aids are quite technologically advanced, it can be all too easy to forget about contingency planning against them failing. Here are four reasons to keep a backup hearing aid.

Crucial Communication
You don’t need a big yellow taxi to know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Finding yourself without a functional hearing aid has immediate impact on your ability to communicate with others comfortably. For people who suffer from hearing loss, a hearing aid is a crucial connection to the world around them.

Safety
A non-functioning hearing aid can increase the risk of accident or injury, affecting the ability to hear or anticipate dangers or distractions. Taking the precaution to care for a hearing aid diligently will go a long way to ensuring that you’re not left without one unexpectedly. Having an old device or basic model as a backup are sure-fire ways to put safety first.

Travel Prep
Hearing aids sit in some pretty hostile territory–between sweat, ear wax, dirt, and dead skin, a lot going on in there. An unfortunate time for a hearing aid to stop working is when you’re furthest from home (and your audiologist). Whether it’s a business trip or your bucket list vacation, finding yourself without a hearing aid can spell disaster for your travels (and a hefty bill to try to scramble a rush replacement).

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Hearing aid technology changes every few years. So, if you’ve upgraded your hearing aid, why not keep the old pair as your backup? Be mindful of any significant changes that could impact your ability to get spare parts or repairs done on your old device and be sure to be proactive with cleaning and storing it properly.

Like a spare pair of eyeglasses, a spare hearing aid can save you from a hairy situation. Keeping a backup hearing aid stands to protect you from the inconvenience and irritation should an unexpected failure occur. If you’d like to learn more about how to retire your old hearing aid as your spare, contact us.

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Hearing Aid Technology: How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid for You

If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you’re not alone. It is estimated that almost 38 million Americans have hearing loss. For many, hearing aids help to correct hearing loss and improve overall quality of life.

With the many choices available, buying the right hearing aid for you can be a challenge. Both your lifestyle and the noise environments you are regularly in will play a role in the best hearing aid for you. Consider the following scenarios to help narrow down your choices.

What is your lifestyle like?

Lifestyle is one of the biggest factors to take into consideration when you’re choosing a hearing aid. Are you frequently in noisy environments? Do you often go to bars or restaurants. Perhaps you’re an avid sports enthusiast, or you watch a lot of TV. Considering your day to day lifestyle is important when selecting the solution that’s right for you.

How comfortable are you with new technology?

There’s no denying that the hearing aid technology of today is very different to what it was 10 years ago! Depending on your level of comfort with technology can help narrow down the listening aid devices you should be looking at. Do you want to consider Bluetooth compatibility? How about hearing aids that can link to a smartphone app?

Have you previously worn hearing aids?

If you’ve previously used hearing aids, what is it that you did, or did not, like about the model you had? Where there features that you loved, and why? Was there anything that you’d change?

Speaking to a hearing care professional is an important step in choosing the hearing aid that’s right for you. By having the answers to the above questions ready in advance of your appointment, you can work with your hearing care professional to find the style that is best suited to your budget, lifestyle and hearing loss. Contact us today to schedule your appointment now.

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