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As we maintain our hearing health and address our specific needs, our hearing aids are at the top of the list of maintenance! We have invested time and finances in order to enrich and sustain our hearing experiences, so it goes without saying that we are well-positioned to keep our hearing aids in prime condition. We also need to be keenly aware of when it is completely necessary to get new ones.
Evaluate Your Needs
As our hearing does change over time, we need to regularly revisit our specific hearing needs. Make a list for yourself and make an evaluation of times where you might struggle with hearing – even with the use of your current hearing aids. Here are a few examples:
- Speaking on the phone
- Holding a conversation at a noisy family dinner
- Hearing the doorbell
- Not asking people to repeat themselves as much
Are your hearing aids still performing well enough to meet those all needs mentioned above? Has clarity been compromised since the last time you checked? Are they still sufficient for your lifestyle activities? Have you kept up routine maintenance of your hearing aids?
Contact us if you’ve had any issues with your current devices. We’ll be able to provide professional repairs and maintenance to help you hear your best. However, if your hearing needs have changed, you might want to consider newer devices.
Our hearing devices usually require a fair bit of investment, so we are required to make the most of them and keep them at optimum performance levels. What are some of the things we need to watch out for?
- Varying and extreme temperatures
Hearing aids are worn for long periods of time, and they are exposed to the elements as much as we are. They are also partially situated in the part of the ear that is home to moisture and waxy build-up. It is financially and functionally prudent that part of our daily regimen is to keep them clear of internal and external debris.
Regular cleaning of the most vulnerable parts such as the microphones, amplifiers, and speakers. Make sure to keep them dry and clean and properly stored overnight. Always stay alert to the fact that our senses automatically overcompensate when complex and intricate relationships such as our hearing are compromised. Ritual brushing and cleaning of all components can keep your devices working properly.
As with other electronic devices, hearing aids do have a shelf-life. After five to seven years with the same pair of hearing aids, you might want to look into a new pair.
Annual Hearing Tests
Hearing loss can change over time and we have to work in conjunction with our hearing health provider to make sure that we stay ahead of the game. One of the most effective ways to do that is to take an annual hearing test. Like prescriptions for glasses, we need to evaluate and recheck the prescription for our ears!
If your annual hearing test reveals a change in the degree of hearing, then we can try to make adjustments to your current hearing aids. If, however, your current devices do not accommodate your new degree of hearing loss, then we can recommend different devices that will.
Is an upgrade necessary?
Hearing aids have rapidly evolved with some of the most sophisticated technology. If you are interested in improving your user experience with your devices, an upgrade might interest you. Newer hearing aids offer Bluetooth technology, wireless connection to your smartphone and other devices, user-friendly apps, and even rechargeability.
If you’re someone who’s fascinated by the latest technology, feel free to reach out to us! We can discuss the newest options and talk you through the exciting features available now to help improve both your hearing and your user experience.
Once you have done the research into these new features, reach out to us for further guidance. We’re happy to answer any questions and help you learn more about how the newest technology can benefit you.