When you get your hearing aid, an expert will give you a lot of information about looking after your device. Always ensure you buy from Tulsa’s largest and most trusted hearing aid provider; you will be sure of good quality.
The main points include:
1. Keep your hearing aids clean. You can do this by rinsing them with fresh water every day (or at least once a week). Do not use tap water as it usually contains chlorine which will damage the speech processors.
2. Be careful when wearing your hearing aids in humid conditions, such as after swimming or when out in the snow. Humidity affects their performance and can cause them to fail or become damaged.
3. Keep your hearing aids away from loud sounds, such as listening to music on an iPod/iPad at total volume, using power tools, or attending concerts. If you need to be around loud noise, wear earplugs or muffs over your hearing aids to protect them.
4. Avoid storing your hearing aids in extreme temperatures, such as leaving them on a dashboard in the sun or next to a heater. It can affect their performance and will reduce their life expectancy.
5. Do not try and adjust your hearing aid yourself. Speak to your audiologist for any changes you need to make to the settings.
6. If anything seems wrong with your hearing aids, it could be a sign of damage or incorrect fitting, which may cause further damage. Please get in touch with your hearing specialist as soon as possible.
7. Always carry replacement batteries when using your hearing aids! Batteries can also become damaged if stored for long periods, so only ever purchase fresh batteries when you need them.
Before getting the devices, consider the following:
- What is the style and size of the hearing aid most suitable for you?
- What is the range of digital programs available with this device?
- Can you customize these programs, or the audiologist will do it for you?
- How much battery life does the device have
- How long does it take to recharge?
Once the devices are fitted, consider the following:
- How quickly can you get used to wearing the device?
- Will it take one day or several months before you are happy to wear them all the time?
- Do they need replacing every year or even more frequently due to their small size and technological advances?
- Can you afford to return them within this time frame?
- What accessories are available to you, such as telephone adapters and remote controls?
A hearing aid is a considerable investment of time and money. So make sure you find the device that best suits your lifestyle and budget, but remembers to keep it in good condition for optimum performance.
Having the proper devices in your ears will make a massive difference in your life and health, especially when you cannot hear what is going on in the world around you.