Some useful tips to help you hear even better with your NEW HEARING AIDS…
1.Your wax guards and domes should be changed at regular intervals.
2.Count up how many days your batteries last. Say it is 7 days. Mark this out on a wall calendar, ie in this example; change the batteries on that 7th morning BEFORE they run out. The batteries are very cheap or free, so you are not wasting money, and doing this will save the embarrassment and inconvenience of your hearing aids going dead whilst you are in company.
3.Every week, check for balanced hearing on each side – using a constant sound source (for example: listen to a ticking clock or a telephone dial tone – it should sound equal at the same distance. If it doesn’t, check the hearing aid tip for any obstruction and change the wax guard and battery. If the problem persists, call us).
4.You will notice you still say ‘pardon?’ and occasionally miss things. This is a habit that has formed over many years and is one that will take time and patience to break. Eventually, your brain will catch up! You will notice it is very noisy outside and in busy places – because it’s all new to you. It’s important to understand that hearing better again is a process that takes on average 3-9 months. Nonetheless don’t let problems develop – call us immediately if things don’t seem right. It is so important that any doubts or worries you have are dealt with quickly. The adjustments I can make to the sound quality in a high definition hearing aid are incredibly precise, therefore the more specific you can be in describing your experiences over the next few weeks, then the better I will be able to help you. Please be patient.
5.Over the next few days your body will attempt to reject your new hearing aids by producing new ear wax, which is virtually invisible, runny and sticky. Often, it will adhere to the hearing aid tip, causing it to apparently fade or fail completely. This can happen within minutes. Please be prepared for this possibility, and if it happens, please call us straight away.
6.Check that your television is set optimally for your hearing via the sound menu, that it is functioning correctly and that the speakers are not obscured. We can advise you on this on our next home visit,
7.Ask us to check your telephone line quality. And check that your telephone is digital, functioning perfectly and is suitable for the hard of hearing. Most telephones we see are well due for replacement. If you cannot hear well enough on your telephone or your mobile telephone, let us know.
8.Please call your home insurance company to make sure your new hearing aids are covered for loss & accidental damage – both in and away from home.
9.By the way, it is quite normal for the amplification to seemingly reduce over time. This just means you’ve got used to that amount of new sound. You need to see us a few times so we can increase the volume gradually, nearer to the full prescription level in stages, allowing you to adapt successfully.
10.If you have IN THE EAR AIDS, or have perforated ear drums, It’s a good idea to remove your instruments every 4 hours for a 5 minute break. Ears get hot and sweaty. The impact on the electronics of this moisture should be minimised thus increasing the hearing aid reliability.