Many people struggle at the beginning and some even return their hearing aids after a few months. Why? Because they haven’t been given the proper instructions or service for using them correctly. Here we can help you keep your hearing aid working properly with some quick FAQs on how to operate and take care of your hearing aids.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT MY HEARING AID TO LAST?
Commonly, you will need to replace your hearing aids every five years. If your hearing aid has stopped working, first try adjusting the volume to make sure the volume wasn’t turned off by mistake. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a new battery. Also, make sure the hearing aid isn’t clogged with debris or wax. If all else fails, make an appointment with your audiologist have the device checked. With hearing aid replacement, you get to take advantage of the latest technological innovations like lithium-ion batteries, smartphone compatibility, wireless streaming, and more.
HOW DO I TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RIGHT AND LEFT HEARING AID?
Your hearing aids will be marked either red or blue. Red is for the right hearing aid and blue is for the left hearing aid. An easy way to remember is that R is for red and right!
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM BUTTON USED FOR?
The button can be used for several things, but most commonly it’s used to switch between the different listening settings or environments that your hearing aid is equipped with. The user guide that came with the hearing aid can help you better understand the settings, or as your audiologist to walk you through the options.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY HEARING AID?
You can easily clean the hearing aid with a cloth or tissue. Wipe away any debris or wax buildup that you can see. If there are stubborn areas, you can also use a brush to gently push out the debris.
CAN I SLEEP WITH MY HEARING AIDS IN?
It’s highly recommended to remove your hearing aids at night. You should also open the battery door to conserve the battery life and allow air circulation to prevent moisture while you sleep.
CAN I WEAR MY HEARING AIDS WHEN SWIMMING OR SHOWERING?
You’ll want to avoid getting your hearing aid wet even if it’s advertised as being water resistant. You can purchase a drying kit to remove moisture buildup that happens naturally from sweating or humid weather. These kits are specifically designed for drying your hearing aid and circulate air to dry the device.
WILL I NEED TO CHANGE THE CLEAR TUBE?
Yes, overtime the tubing that connects the ear mold to your hearing aid will need to be removed and changed. You should visit your hearing aid provider when the tubing becomes rigid or begins to change colour.
Understanding how to properly operate and take care of your hearing aid can ensure you enjoy the sounds of life. At Hear Fine, we take pride in being a full-service hearing clinic. From your initial hearing test through hearing aid fitting and aftercare, we are your partner is hearing. If you have any questions at all about hearing or hearing aid use, please get in touch.