Hey there, fellow ear aficionados! 🎧
Let's talk about something that's close to our hearts – hearing aids. Whether you've recently started using them or have been a proud wearer for years, there are always tips and tricks to make the experience even better. So, let's dive into the world of best practices for hearing aid success!
1. Proper Maintenance is Key
Your hearing aids are like tiny, magical super computers that you wear on or in your ear. While they can stand up to quite a bit regarding dirt, moisture, and earwax, to keep them performing at their best, you need to take good care of them. Clean them regularly with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dirt or wax. If they come with replaceable wax filters, or silicone domes or tips, we'll show you how to change them, and when to change them. At North Star Hearing, you get a fully supply of these components to always keep on hand with you, and at no-charge! Keeping your hearing aids in good condition will extend their lifespan greatly.
2. Batteries and Rechargeable Case Availability
Running out of battery power at an inconvenient time can be a bummer. To avoid this, keep spare batteries on hand (or a spare rechargeable case), and make it a habit to check the battery life regularly. Some hearing aids also come with rechargeable options, which can be a more eco-friendly choice, and almost all hearing aids now come with their own app that can be downloaded on your phone (Android, iPhone, tablets, iPads, etc.) that will not only give you some additional control features, but will also show you the exact amount of battery life in the hearing aids while you're wearing them.
3. Adjust Gradually
When you first start using hearing aids, it can be overwhelming. Sounds you haven't heard in years suddenly become audible again, and it can be a lot to take in all at once. To ease into the transition, work with your hearing specialist to adjust the settings gradually. This way, your brain has time to adapt to the newfound clarity of sound. We like to say that you should take a break anytime that you physically need one, but if you are able to, turning down the volume a touch instead of taking them completely out of your ears is ideal.
4. Protect Your Hearing Aids from Moisture
Hearing aid components and moisture don't mix well. Moisture can damage the delicate components of your hearing aids, so it's essential to protect them. Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier and store your devices in it overnight. If you're heading to a humid environment, consider using a protective sleeve or portable dry-kit on a daily basis. We can advise on the best-practices for the environment here in Northern Alberta.
5. Be Patient with Feedback
Feedback – that annoying whistling sound – can happen from time to time, especially when you put on or remove your hearing aids. New hearing aid technology has just about kicked all of these annoying squeals to the curb, but it will happen on occasion. The most common reason for hearing feedback is that the hearing aid is not fully in your ear, or in the place in your ear canal where it is meant to be. Other reasons for it can be ear wax in the ear canal, a hat or head covering that is trapping the hearing aid sound and going around and around, or something on your hearing aid programming that needs adjustment. Regardless of what you think it might be, please let us know so that we can make sure that your hearing aids have the absolute minimum of feedback so that you can hear the things that you want to hear!
6. Communicate Your Needs
Don't be shy about your hearing aids. Let your family, friends, and coworkers know that you're wearing them. It'll make conversations more enjoyable for everyone involved, as they'll be more likely to face you when speaking and speak clearly. Ask people to look at you when speaking, ensure that background noise is removed (the TV sound, dishwasher, vacuum, radio, etc.), and if all else fails, ask them to rephrase what they've said if you're still having difficulty understanding them. The time of "twelve-thirty" can be rephrased as, "half past twelve o'clock", as an example of rephrasing.
7. Regular Check-Ups
Just like you visit the dentist or doctor, it's important to schedule regular check-ups with your hearing specialist. They can fine-tune your hearing aids, clean them professionally, and make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Your hearing aids purchased from North Star Hearing include an annual re-test to check to see if your hearing aid prescription needs adjusting due to a change in hearing levels.
8. Embrace Technology
Modern hearing aids often come with impressive technological features, such as Bluetooth connectivity. Pair your hearing aids with your smartphone to stream calls, music, or even TV audio directly to your ears. It's like having a personal concert or a private phone call, and it's a game-changer. That being said, it is also optional! If you like to keep things simple, we are just as happy to have your hearing aids act as a support mechanism for your ears, and nothing more. All of our services are tailored to you and your individual needs.
9. Be Patient with Yourself
Lastly, remember that adapting to hearing aids is a process. It might take some time to adjust, and that's completely normal. Be patient with yourself and don't hesitate to seek support from your hearing specialist or your social support and family if needed. Family are the first to increases or decreases in hearing ability, so it's always recommended that you involve the opinions of people that you know support and love you, and will be honest with you!
In conclusion, hearing aids are a fantastic tool to help you regain the joy of hearing. By following these best practices, you can ensure that your hearing aids serve you well and keep you connected to the sounds of life. So, wear them proudly and embrace the world of sound around you! 🌟👂