Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids
New hearing aid wearers have compared wearing their first pair of hearing aids to breaking in a new pair of shoes. When you initially try them on they may feel fine, but your ears will probably feel sore by the end of the day.
You will be aware of the hearing aids in your ears. You may experience itching, sweating, or simply feel different with the hearing devices in your ear. When your first day of wearing the devices comes to an end, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief. This is normal.
Styles of Hearing Aids
There are two common hearing aid styles: standard and custom.
Standard hearing aids feature a microphone and amplifier inside a hard case, that rests behind the ear. This microphone is attached to the dome, which is placed in your ear canal. Domes are available in various sizes. If the dome feels uncomfortable, your hearing instrument specialist can replace the size of the dome for a more cozy fit. If none of the standard sizes fit, you may have a customized mold of your hearing aid that perfectly, and securely, fits in your ear.
Give the Hearing Aids Time
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Being aware of the feeling of hearing aids in your ears can bother you, so it’s best to adjust to them by wearing them very often. It is recommended that you wear them six to eight hours each day.
If you feel discomfort when you initially put the hearing aids on, be sure that they have been inserted correctly. Remove the devices and place them in your ear canal again. You may coat the opening of your ear with a small amount of baby oil to easily slide the aids in. You should only use a small amount of oil and keep oil off of any openings in the hearing device.
Be Patient with Your Expectations
Give your hearing aids some time to break in. It should take about a month or two, before you stop noticing them. If you have any issues, tell your hearing instrument specialist. They will be able to make adjustments, give advice, and try other options with you.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists for a free hearing test and consultation.
Loss of Hearing in Newborns Due To ANSD
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in newborn babies. This problem is due to Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD), which is a complication caused by the transportation of sound from the inner ear to the brain.
It is not known what the causes of ANSD are, but prematurely born infants or those who have a family history of this disorder have a higher risk of contracting it. Symptoms can begin at any age, but generally children who have ANSD are born with it and have it diagnosed within the first few months after they are born.
As more research has developed ANSD has been detected more often. There have been more frequent cases that were diagnosed, which make up 10% to 15% of hearing loss cases.
Luckily, children who have ANSD can develop solid communication and language skills with the help of assistive listening devices, therapy, and visual communication techniques. It is important to have the right diagnosis, along with early intervention.
How Does Hearing Work?
To better understand ANSD, it’s helpful to know how your ears hear noise. Hearing starts out with sound waves that journey through the air come in contact with the outer ear (the pinna), or the part of the ear that is visible. These sound waves are carried through the ear canal and into the middle section of the ear - this includes the eardrum (a fine layer of tissue) along with three small bones known as the ossicles. The eardrum reverberates when it comes in contact with sound. These vibrations become amplified by the ossicles and transport them to the inner ear.
The inner ear is composed of the cochlea (a snail-shaped chamber), which is filled with fluid and interlined with four rows of microscopic hair cells. The outer hair cells contract back and forth to amplify sound when vibrations move through the fluid. When the vibrations reach the right size, the inner hair cells convert them into electrical nerve impulses in the auditory nerve, which links the ear and the brain to each other. When the nerve impulses come in contact with the brain, they are understood as sound.
What is the effect of ANSD on Hearing?
Sound penetrates the ear in a normal manner for someone with ANSD, but due to damage in the inner row of hair cells or the synapses located halfway through the inner hair cells and the auditory nerve, or auditory nerve damage, sound will not accurately be carried from the inner ear to the brain.
The outcome of this causes sound waves that travel to the brain to become disorganized in a way that the brain is unable to comprehend. When it is disorganized, in some situations it never reaches the brain. In some instances, ANSD is caused by a complication with the auditory nerve.
There has only been a better understanding and diagnosis about ANSD in recent years. There is still more information that needs to be studied about it. Not every hearing screening for newborns can recognize ANSD, and as a result, there are many children and adults who have it but went undiagnosed.
There are mild to severe symptoms of ANSD. Some children who suffer from ANSD have the ability to hear sounds, but have difficulty figuring out what the sounds are. Other people hear noises that all sound the same, similar to static or white noise. For example, someone’s voice may sound just like running water, a barking dog may sound just like a car horn, or a chirping bird may sound like a clanging pans.
For some, ANSD gets better after some time. For others, it might stay the same or worsen.
Causes of ANSD
The causes of ANSD are unknown. There are some risks that may influence whether a child is susceptible to the disease, which include:
Even if a child passes a newborn hearing screening, the symptoms of hearing problems might now be noticed for years.
Have you noticed any of the following symptoms:
There is no cure for ANSD, but an assistive listening device (ALD) can be helpful for children who have ANSD make sense of the sounds around them and develop skills for language. Getting treatment for ANSD depends on the severity of the disease and how old a child is when they are diagnosed.
To make any of these devices effective, continuous therapy with a speech-language pathologist, who specializes in aiding children with hearing loss and develop speaking and hearing abilities.
If your child is in need of hearing aids or an ALD, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Batteries that are Disposable
Up until recently, all hearing aid batteries were only available in a disposable form. There are currently several hearing aids that can be recharged.
Disposable (zinc-air) batteries come in four sizes and are color-coded. The batteries are activated when they come in contact with air, after the colored tab is detached. This will then permit oxygen to enter the battery. You should wait to remove and toss out the tab until you are going to place the battery in your hearing aid to use. For a longer battery life, take the tab off and let the battery sit for a minute before inserting it into your hearing aid.
When a battery loses its power, you have to replace it. You should always keep extra batteries with you.
The average disposable hearing aid battery lasts 5-7 days, depending on the battery size, how often the hearing aid wearer uses the device, how complicated the listening environments are, how long they stream music or television into their hearing aids, etc.
Disposable hearing aid batteries do not need a charger, making them easy to travel with. You only need your hearing aids and your batteries.
Batteries that are Rechargeable
Rechargeable batteries are available for nearly all styles of hearing aids - BTEs (Behind-The-Ear) and RICs (Receiver-In-Canal).
Batteries do not Need to be Changed
Rechargeable hearing aids are convenient. It eliminates the need to change out batteries, which can be tiresome and challenging for anyone with dexterity issues.
Wearers do not need to regularly buy hearing aid batteries, following the initial cost of the hearing device.
Hearing aids can be charged once a day, and be used for almost the entire day.
Charging is Easy
Simply place the hearing aids into your charger while you’re sleeping. It is recommended to charge them overnight.
For over three years, two hearing aids can use at least 300 disposable batteries. Only two rechargeable hearing aid batteries would be used for each device, and they would provide the same exact power.
If you are interested in rechargeable hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids, and make an appointment to discuss which systems are available for your hearing needs. We also offer disposable batteries at each of our offices.
Modern hearing aids are like scaled-down computers that rest in your ears. There is so much technology condensed into a tiny device. Here are the elements that make up a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
Amplifier and Microphone
Each hearing aid device features a microphone which collects sound and transmits it to the amplifier. In a BTE hearing aid, both of these features are found in the sleek housing case that rests behind your ears.
It is crucial that you keep this part of your hearing aid dry and clean. The majority of manufacturers advise users to wipe off your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth when you remove them and store them away overnight. This helps to keep the microphone screen clean, and functioning properly.
The Ear Hook
Similar to the frames on a pair of eyeglasses, BTE hearing aids hook over the outer part of your ears. This hook, sometimes referred to as an Elbow, also attaches the microphone and amplifier case to the tubing and ear mold that rests inside your ear canal. The ear hook normally wears out and gets replaced when body sweat and oil erodes the plastic. To extend its life, it is best to use a soft cloth or tissue to thoroughly wipe the ear hook.
It is essential that the hook fits comfortably on your ear, and securely attaches to the casing and tubing. Your hearing instrument specialist will be able to determine the best fit for you.
The plastic tubing located on the end of the ear hook transfers the sound from the microphone to the ear mold. The length of this tubing depends on what make and model your hearing aid is, and it can be customized for the best fit. Just like the ear hook, the tubing is made from plastic and will need to be replaced.
You should check these tubes each day to be sure that they are securely attached to the ear hook and ear mold, and to look out for any possible damage.
Earmolds rest comfortably inside your ear canal and concha bowl (the outer ear located closest to your ear canal). It gives the hearing aid an acoustic seal for the electronic sounds that the microphone is funneling inside. The fit and shape of the earmold depends on your hearing aid model and the severity of your hearing loss. Here are four of the most common types of ear molds that are available:
Hearing aid wearers frequently believe that their hearing devices are not working properly due to this switch. For BTE models, this switch is located in the casing that rests behind the ear. If you notice that your hearing aids are not working, make sure that it is switched on. It’s a good idea to switch off your hearing aids when you are not wearing them so as not to drain the batteries.
The majority of BTE models have a battery compartment that is found near the on/off switch. It is generally recommended that you take the batteries out and keep the compartment open overnight. This will allow the hearing aid to dry out.
Hearing aid batteries last for 3 to 22 days. If your hearing aid is not functioning properly, make sure that your battery is correctly inserted in the device. If it does not work, even after you have switched it on, replace it with a new battery.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a new hearing aid, a hearing aid repair, or new batteries, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Debris and moisture can destroy your hearing aids. Generally, hearing aids last for three to five years as long as there hasn’t been any deterioration in your hearing abilities.
Here is some advice on keeping your hearing aids clean, dry, and still functioning so they can last as long as possible.
Keep the Devices Clean
Earwax protects the inside parts of our ears from foreign debris, harm, and infections. It can also buildup and obstruct the mechanics of a hearing aid, by becoming clogged in the microphone or receiver.
In some instances, wearing hearing aids can cause people to produce more earwax. Earwax is meant to prevent foreign objects from coming in contact with the eardrum. By placing a hearing device in your ear, your body may view it as something that they need to attack with more ear wax.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) their guidelines when dealing with earwax state that those who wear hearing aids have a higher risk for impacted earwax, which is when an excessive amount of wax builds up in the ear.
It’s important to clean and maintain your hearing aids each day in order to keep them from being coated with too much earwax, dust, or debris.
You can use a cleaning brush, or even an old toothbrush to lightly clean off any earwax or other foreign matter from the hearing aid. You should also open the battery compartment and brush off any debris found inside. Different hearing aid devices may require certain directions and tools for cleaning. Your hearing instrument specialist can give you further recommendations on taking care of your device.
If there is a wax guard or wax trap (in-the-ear, receiver-in-ear, or in-the-canal hearing aids may have this), they should be changed on a daily basis in order to avoid earwax blockage, which can restrict the quality of sound. Your hearing instrument specialist should tell you how frequently to replace them, and demonstrate how to do so. He or she may supply replacements, or you can purchase them online.
Keep the Hearing Devices Dry
Moisture and hearing aids do not go together. The nuts and bolts of a hearing device are exposed to weather, sweat, or dirt in order to harness sounds. As a result, moisture can quickly find its way inside and ruin a hearing aid.
Use a secured case when you go to the pool or a sauna. If it’s a place where you would not take your phone, it wouldn’t be a place where you would bring your hearing aids.
When you are getting ready for your day, complete your cleaning and grooming routine before placing your hearing aids in your ears. This will help prevent any possible contact with water, hairspray, or hair gel.
Never store your hearing aids in the bathroom. Steam can permeate into the devices and you may accidentally get them wet or drop them in water.
Store the devices in a dry aid kit or dry storage kit overnight. You may use desiccant and a container, or an electronic accessory that disperses air around the aid. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about getting one.
If your hearing devices get wet, you should use a dry storage kit to dry them. Do not use a hair dryer or place your hearing aids in the microwave or oven - your hearing device will get damaged.
It is recommended that you wear your hearing aids all day, if possible. If you remove them in the middle of the day, you may forget where they are, and they might accidentally go through the washing machine. It’s also important to keep your hearing aids away from your pets. They could chew up the devices.
Advice for Troubleshooting
If your hearing aids are not working properly, thoroughly clean and dry them.
Intermittent sounds or noises full of static could indicate that moisture has reached the batteries. You may be able to resolve this problem by inserting new batteries. Feedback noises from your hearing aids are usually a sign of excessive earwax, so you may need to get your ears examined.
If none of these tips work, contact your hearing instrument specialist. Faulty parts can be replaced in the office, or sent to a manufacturer for repairs.
The MyCore Sterling 8C by Rexton is available as an ITE and ITC device. This customized hearing aid is discreet and features the latest MyCore technology. It also features a direct streaming connection to iPhones, television, Bluetooth devices (through the Smart transmitter 2.4 and Smart Mic.).
Features of MyCore:
Compatible with MyCore Accessories
Smart Direct App
There is a remote control app that can be accessed from both the iPhone® and Android smartphones. This app manages the volume, programs, adjusts to the patterns of your microphone, and can do so much more.
This is a small remote control microphone that utilizes Bluetooth® in order to stream the speaker’s voice into the MyCore devices. It also features hands-free usage for devices that use Bluetooth®, and can conveniently be used to directly stream live conversations into the hearing aids.
This is a small, discreet, remote control with buttons that are easy to use. This can be used with MyCore, TruCore, and Essential1 products.
This device transmits audio signals from other devices, like your TV, straight into your hearing aids. You can stream sounds from shows directly into your hearing aid devices.
CROS RIC 8C
This is the wireless CROS solution that is best for unilateral hearing loss. It comes in a durable 312 housing and is compatible with all MyCore wireless devices.
It features a permanent, wireless sound transmission, and utilizes energy-efficient Wireless Sync technology, which gives the hearing aid a longer battery run-time.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free hearing aid trial for Rexton’s MyCore Sterling 8C, or any of the other hearing aid devices that we have available, contact us for a free hearing test and consultation.
Research on Hearing Loss and Reading Skills for Children who had Brain Tumors
According to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, researchers have discovered why severe hearing loss causes children who are survivors of brain tumors, to have difficulty with reading.
An analysis was conducted on 260 children and adolescents who survived a brain tumor. This study included 64 individuals who had severe hearing loss. They were tested on how they performed in their reading skills, which included the speed in which they processed information, their working memory, letter-word identification, and phonological skills (including the capability to use sound units to decipher words).
In comparison to other survivors, children who suffered from severe hearing loss had significant declines while they were treated. Children who had severe hearing loss had the most difficulty with phonological skills and slowed processing speed.
It takes time to learn how to read. Reading is a skill that everyone depends on in order to learn for the rest of their lives.
The study implies that there should be more focus on developing language-based and neurocognitive skills, such as processing speed and phonemics before learning about more complicated things like reading comprehension.
Young children, many under 7 years of age, were specifically susceptible to failing in skills that are essential to become proficient in reading. These children would benefit the most early interventions.
Brain tumors and its Link to Hearing Loss
The most prevalent types of cancer in children are brain and spinal cord tumors. They make up about 1 in 4 newly diagnosed pediatric cancers each year.
According to a recent study by St. Jude’s, 32 percent of patients who have a brain tumor develop severe hearing loss within many years of treatment. Hearing loss may even occur regardless of treatment with a prescription medication, amifostine, which is used to preserve hair cells located in the inner ear that are necessary for hearing.
The study included individuals between the ages of 3 and 21 who had medulloblastoma (a cancerous tumor that begins in the region of the brain closest to the base of the skull) and other embryonal brain tumors. Each patient was part of a research trial and treatment which included surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. They all received neurocognitive and hearing tests at least twice, in the beginning and during a later point in the treatment.
The test proposed many factors which included nerve damage to a patient’s hearing - that was caused by the tumor - which disrupt reading capabilities for children who survived brain tumors and have severe hearing loss. This implies that there is a possibility to improve a patient’s quality of life by creating more effective interventions.
More research is necessary to discover how and when to get involved to improve a cancer patient’s proficiency in reading. This includes studying how hearing aids may affect reading and neurocognitive skills in young cancer survivors.
Hearing loss can go undetected for longer periods of time. This study emphasizes the need to get your hearing health checked annually, and seek treatment as soon as possible in order to intervene and possibly prevent more health concerns.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a hearing test, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Wearing both hearing aids and eyeglasses can be a concern for some people. There’s a feeling of uncertainty when it comes to comfort, or having a problem with either the hearing device or the eyewear.
There are four general categories of hearing aids:
In-the-ear (ITE) - This type of hearing aid is placed in the opening of your ear canal. There is nothing that rests behind the ear.
In-the-canal (ITC) - This hearing aid is similar to the ITE device, but it rests deeper inside the ear, making them nearly invisible.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) - This type of hearing aid goes into the ear canal and is not visible at all.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) - This is an earlier hearing aid style, but a modern version has more advancements. The main part of the device fits right behind the ear, and has clear tubing that attaches to an earmold which rests in the opening of the ear’s canal. Open-fit models are similar, but they do not have the earmold.
If you wear eyeglasses, it’s recommended that you wear the ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids. If you frequently remove your glasses, BTE hearing aids could cause more problems.
3 Distinct Features
It’s best to base your choice of hearing aids on the features available in each hearing device, rather than the shape. Hearing aids are constantly changing, therefore features also change. Here are some of the typical features:
1. Directional microphone: This helps identify the sound you need to hear if you are in a noisy environment. For example, if someone is speaking to you in a crowded restaurant, you will be able to clearly hear them talking even with the noise happening around you.
2. Noise reduction: This feature sifts out the background noises by intensifying the sound of one channel to improve speech.
3. T-coil: This feature allows wearers to hear more clearly as they speak on a land-line phone. T-coils help you to hear people that are talking through a speaker or intercom.
Focus on how these features will help you in your daily life, then you can choose the best style of hearing aids.
Eyeglasses and BTE Hearing Aids
If you do not want to wear ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids, it is possible to comfortably wear both BTE hearing aids with your eyeglasses. It’s important to properly put on each of these accessories in order for them to fit well. Here is some advice:
If you, or a loved one, wear both eyeglasses and hearing aids and are in need of a hearing aid solution, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
If you are regularly exposed to loud noises, you should focus on how to protect your ears and hearing health. Knowing what types of ear protection are available for you to take into consideration is important in your decision process.
Ear Protection Devices
Some of the primary options for protecting your ears are:
Many job professions expose employees to loud noises for extensive periods of time, if not for the majority of their shift. In these occupations, your hearing may become impaired. Notably, carpenters, construction workers, and gardeners may observe deterioration in their hearing while on the job. Frequent banging noises in a workshop, or high decibels emanating from a sizable lawn mower can cause hearing loss.
How to Distinguish Whether Noises Are Too Loud
If you need to raise your voice to speak to someone who is only a few feet away, that’s an indication that the noise around you is too loud. This is probably a typical scene when you are at a concert. If you need to yell into someone’s ear just to talk to them, think about bringing earplugs along with you in case the setting is too loud.
If you notice any changes in your hearing abilities, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids and talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists about the best options available for you. We offer a variety of hearing aids at discount prices!
Advancements in Hearing Better with Hearing Aids and other Devices
People who have hearing loss want to hear noises better, not necessarily make sounds louder. Advancements in the signal-to-noise ratio for hearing aid devices has developed quickly within the past few years. Most of these advancements include applicable and practical combinations of hearing aid devices, internet, smartphones, GPS, a multitude of wireless protocols, and more in order to customize your hearing care.
Statistics on Hearing Loss
The leading issue that is raised among 37 million Americans who suffer from audiometric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is their incapacity to comprehend speech-in-noise (SIN), not the need to hear sounds at a louder level.
Additionally, 26 million people who do not suffer from audiometric hearing loss also have difficulty hearing and/or difficulty with SIN. Instead of just making sounds louder, those who have SIN complications require hearing aids, which now have many new advancements that can improve a wearer’s ability to better comprehend SIN.
What You can do to Hear Better
In order to improve the ability to comprehend SIN, the best thing that can be done for someone with SNHL is to assist the progress of an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Some elements that have been integrated into hearing aids to advance SNR include adaptive, non-adaptive, and beamforming (a process that allows you to focus your WiFi signal) directional microphones, along with a variety of noise reduction algorithms. These algorithms improve SNR of 3 or 4 decibels (dB) in acoustic environments when it is used via open-canal fittings, or if speech babble is surrounding the wearer (like in restaurants).
There are tools like digital remote microphones or FM systems that wirelessly connect the individual speaking to the individual who is listening. Loop systems and telecoils (t-coils) can be used as a way to connect a person who is speaking to many listeners. FM and telecoils help diminish background noise and improve 12-15 dB in SNR for users.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from SNHL or have difficulty comprehending speech-in-noise, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE hearing aid, is one of the most reliable and discreet hearing aids that can fit any ear.
It provides great control and is easy to use with the Smart Direct App and Smart Key Remote.
The size 13 battery allows wearers to have a longer battery life-span. It has a flexible fit that can use a standard earhook or thin tube.
Features of MyCore:
Learn more about the MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE here!
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free trial of Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Whether you have a hearing impairment, or not, many are opting to watch movies or television with subtitles.
Twitter Viral Response on Subtitles in Theaters
Recently, via Twitter, people have publicly expressed their interest in having subtitles in movie theaters.
“Subtitles aren’t just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you’re hearing and using subtitles on Netflix and TV, and would quite like them at the cinema, please retweet to help normalise their presence.”
The post from @deafgirly (A.K.A. Deafinitely Girly) had a viral response with over 74,000 likes and several replies.
The 30-year-old blogger and advocate from London, who prefers using her Twitter name, discovered the worldwide support while at lunch with her mother.
Deafinitely Girly noted that there was so much encouragement around the globe, from people of all ages. Individuals who have expressed that they are not exactly fans of captions at movie theaters, stated that they would tolerate them if it meant that those who are deaf and hard of hearing could go to more screenings.
Subtitle Usage Surges Among People of All Hearing Abilities
The deaf and hard of hearing are not the only people who need subtitles. If someone is watching a movie or TV show from a foreign country, even if it’s in the same language, the accents are sometimes difficult to understand.
In a study from 2006, out of the 7.5 million UK TV audiences who used subtitles, approximately 1.5 million had some degree of hearing impairment. Although that estimate was conducted 13 years ago, the use of subtitles surged when more viewers watched shows or videos during their commutes.
Social media manager, Christina McDermott, observed the awkward moment when someone was watching a video in a quiet area, only to click on a video that turned out to be very loud. Having subtitles can grab a casual viewer. There are up to 85% of videos on Facebook that are viewed without sound, therefore subtitles are necessary.
In order to capture an audience’s attention, the methods that were used in silent films are being used today.
On social media, a humorous screen grab with a caption, or a meme, can garner some popularity.
Subtitles Reduces Isolation for the Hard of Hearing
Anna Gryszkiewicz, a Swedish engineer, who was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss when she was in her 20s, uses captions. She views the popularity of captions as something positive, because she now notices that it’s easier to find or request captions as opposed to 15 years ago. Gryszkiewicz expressed that those who are deaf or hard of hearing “have such an advantage living today”, but she is concerned about the quality of subtitles, for example, in computer auto-captions.
Gryszkiewicz emphasized that we should not forget about the social aspects in regards to hearing loss. Communication, language, and interacting with people socially are complex. Being deaf, or having hearing loss is different than what those with normal hearing assume it is like - and the effects on how one communicates is usually underestimated.
“I understand that good captions and other accessibility features are expensive and it’s not unreasonable to look into technology to reduce costs, but I hope our opinions are taken seriously when we try to explain what kind of accessibility is helpful and what isn’t,” said Gryszkiewicz.
Deafinitely Girly explained that her deafness is sometimes very isolating.
“You miss out on jokes, on social media videos, viral clips don’t mean anything, and you can’t follow the latest news that’s being live tweeted,” said Deafinitely Girly. “Subtitles being universal would change that massively.”
If you, or a loved one are hard of hearing, suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, or any other type of hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
There have been several studies that connect the loss of hearing to severe conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, heart disease, etc. These correlations are known as comorbidities, which is the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic conditions in an individual.
Here are seven comorbidities that are known to be associated with hearing loss:
The loss of hearing can be an indication of other chronic diseases, and it’s important for anyone who is affected to see a professional. To avoid becoming a statistic, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation.
Many people tend to ignore or deny that they have an issue with their health. This is especially true when it comes to hearing. Hearing loss occurs gradually and may be undetected when it initially begins.
Most individuals have a high chance of having some range of hearing loss, and being young is not exemption. Here are some myths about hearing loss:
Myth #1: Only elderly adults suffer from hearing loss.
Fact: Any individual of any age can have hearing loss.
Myth #2: There is no prevention of hearing loss and it is unavoidable with age.
Fact: Although not all hearing loss can be avoided, most types of hearing loss can be prevented with changes in your lifestyle.
Myth #3: Infants and children do not need a hearing test.
Fact: All infants and children regularly need a hearing test.
Myth #4: Some people believe they can hear fine, and do not think they have hearing loss. Therefore, they do not believe that they need hearing aids.
Facts: Hearing loss happens gradually, and can be difficult to recognize. Typically, family members will recognize your hearing loss before you do.
Myth #5: Hearing aids are just like contact lenses or eyeglasses, and will correct your hearing loss.
Facts: Contact lenses and eyeglasses immediately correct your vision to 20/20. Hearing aids do not correct your hearing in the same manner. Your brain needs time to adapt to the sounds coming in contact with the hearing aid device, rather than the ear.
Myth #6: There is only one type of hearing loss, and it affects both ears in the same way.
Facts: There are three primary types of hearing loss subtypes. These include: conductive, mixed, and sensorineural. A fourth type that is more rare is known as auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. Hearing loss can affect each ear in a different way.
Myth #7: Hearing loss will not harm your overall health
Fact: Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, which can effect on your overall health.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing changes in your hearing abilities, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing instrument specialists.
Our Digital Media Assistant, Vi, is doing research for an article about apps used for smartphone captions.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a hearing test or hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer hearing aid devices for a wide range of hearing loss at discount prices!
Wearing Hearing Aids Hay Help Preserve Functioning Brain
In a new study that was conducted by the University of Exeter and King's College London, research has shown that individuals who wear hearing aids due to age-related hearing difficulties preserve a better functioning brain than those who do not wear hearing aids.
This expands on research from the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care, which emphasized hearing loss as a major risk factor for dementia. This research proposes that wearing a hearing aid device might reduce that risk.
The online study, known as PROTECT, researches brain health in older adults. The objective is to study how the brain ages and how to lessen the risk of dementia and other mental health issues as people grow older.
PROTECT Study Results
The results showed evidence that those who wore an efficient hearing aid might help protect their brains and lessen the risk of dementia.
Each group of individuals, those who wore hearing aids and those who did not, had yearly cognitive tests over a two year span. After that time period, the group of people who wore hearing aid devices had better test results on working memory and elements of attention than those who did not.
In one test that measured attention, subjects who wore hearing aids produced quicker reaction times. For example, they reacted faster when straining to hear a noise, looked closer at an object that they found interest in, or concentrated more when listening to a person speaking.
Earlier research studies showed that hearing loss is related to a deficiency in brain function, memory, and an escalation in the possibility of dementia. This is one of the largest studies that sees the significance of wearing a hearing aid, and indicate that wearing a hearing device may keep your brain staying healthy. More research is needed to verify these results.
It has been proved that the risk of dementia can be reduced by a third if preventative measures are taken in mid life. This research is a fundamental piece to discovering what can be done to preserve a healthy brain. The idea to take away from this is that if you are advised to wear a hearing aid, you should find the best one that works for you.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids. Our hearing instrument specialists will offer you a free hearing test and consultation on a variety of hearing aids to suit your needs!
Sometimes a hearing aid wearer (who has custom in-the-ear hearing devices, or ear molds for behind-the-ear hearing devices) may express concern over their hearing aids not comfortably fitting in their ears anymore.
Your Weight-loss May Be The Cause
There’s a possibility that the ear mold or hearing aid changed, but in some cases it’s the person who is wearing the hearing device who changed. Individuals who may have lost anywhere between 5-8lbs, or more, can notice a looser fit in their hearing aids. In addition to not having a snug fit, this loose fit may cause whistling or feedback noises.
Your Ears Grow
The loss of weight is not the only issue. As you get older, cartilage in your ears and nose continue to grow. Your ear lobes may lengthen in size, due to gravity. You may notice that your ears look larger than they did a decade ago.
Solutions To Have Properly Fit Hearing Aids
If you wear hearing aids and are concerned that they feel looser than before, or if they begin to make whistling or squealing sounds, these are minor changes and can be repaired in a hearing instrument specialist’s office by getting the hearing aid or the mold reinforced. In some cases you may need a new mold. It is recommended that you get an annual hearing test, and the hearing instrument specialist will check the fit of your hearing aids during that exam. It’s important to make investments in your hearing aids, so you can get the most use out of them!
Schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to have the fit of your hearing devices checked.
Hearing aids are a great way to help you communicate with others if you have hearing loss. There may be instances where you feel having a conversation on the phone, watching a movie, or eating out at a restaurant could be improved. Those who have normal hearing may want to have the ability to communicate with those in their life who suffer from hearing loss.
There’s a solution for that!
If you own a smartphone, you can simply download an app on your phone that provides captions. The following are examples of apps that can translate phone calls into texts that you can read from your phone.
Translation Apps Available for Android and Apple
iOS Hamilton CapTel
This app was created for individuals who have difficulty hearing over the phone, and want to listen to phone conversations while reading captions that are verbatim of what is being spoken.
Users of the CapTel app need to have a voice and data plan for their phone, in addition to a Bluetooth® or wired headset that is compatible with hearing aids.
This is a free captioning service for those who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. It gives real-time captions on your smartphone. This app was created in a partnership with live stenographers to produce quick, simple, captions without errors. You must register and self-certify that you have hearing loss in order to use this assistance.
Text Hear Personal Hearing Aid
The Text Hear app can be used in daily communications to help you translate speech to text in large, easy-to-read letters which are displayed onto your mobile device. There are features which include automatic punctuation and spacing, font sizes and color preferences, and the ability to translate over 100 languages and accents.
Caption Apps Only Available for Apple iOS
This app from Apple provides real-time captioning for your smartphone using ClearCaptions Mobile. ClearCaptions Mobile is certified by the FCC. Those who have hearing loss and are qualified, may apply for ClearCaptions Mobile. It offers a free account in addition to personal ClearCaptions voice number for captioned calls. Phone conversations that have captions can be saved and reviewed at a later time.
If you have difficulty comprehending speech - especially in a crowded area - you can download this app so that those you are interacting with can talk straight into your phone, and Live Caption will transcribe what is being said in real time. In order to start the captioning, push the microphone button located on the keyboard, speak in a clear voice and the text will show up on your smartphone. This also works with the majority of Bluetooth devices, like headsets or in-ear microphones. The app doesn’t work with incoming phone calls or store and save captured text. The options for languages include English, French, Japanese, Sanskrit, and Spanish.
Sub: Subtitles Viewer
If you need subtitles for T.V. shows or movies, you can download the Sub: Subtitles Viewer. If you download this app, you will be able to sync up the subtitle feature with whatever you are watching. The Sub app is available in many languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
This app utilizes speech recognition from Siri to produce captions for the users. Push and hold your finger on the iPhone screen to get captions for what you or others are speaking in large, simple-to-read text. This includes a keyboard interface to serve those without the ability to speak.
Apps only available for Android
This app transforms the microphone on your smartphone to a captioning provider that can pick up speech, and change it into a text conversation that is then shown on your screen. A strong wifi connection is needed. The app can also work with Bluetooth devices. Users of the app can share a QR code with others to invite them to join the discussion. The Ava app also has a text-to-speech element that can be connected through the keyboard. You can save conversations, share them, or review them at a later time.
These apps are useful under different circumstances, but they should not replace your hearing aids. If you, or a loved one, suffer from hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer hearing aid solutions for all ages and any range of hearing loss.
Medicare Advantage Hearing Aid Plans: Pure Sound Hearing Aids Introduces Affordable Hearing Aid Benefit in Medicare Advantage Plans
Benefits offered through Pure Sound Hearing Aids Medicare Advantage relationship should improve access to hearing tests and increase affordability for hearing aids.
Medicare beneficiaries in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania now have better access to hearing examinations and affordable hearing aids. Pure Sound Hearing Aids is one of the few local licensed hearing aid providers that now accept virtually all Medicare Advantage plans. They also accept AARP and Federal Blue Cross.
One in four Americans 70 years and older has a hearing impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Traditionally, hearing aids have been unaffordable and out-of-reach for many Medicare beneficiaries. According to a National Academies of Sciences report on hearing aid affordability, the average retail price of two hearing aids in 2013 was approximately $4,700. Original Medicare covers diagnostic hearing exams if a patient’s health care provider orders the test to see if medical treatment is needed. Otherwise, original Medicare does not cover hearing aids, or exams to fit hearing aids.
Several Medicare Care Advantage health care companies are including this hearing aid benefit on certain Medicare Advantage plans offered for the 2019 plan year in select states, including Pennsylvania. The benefits vary, but generally allow for a hearing exam at no cost to the member, plus no cost or reduced co-payment for hearing aids, simplifying and deeply reducing the cost. Other plans may offer hearing aid allowance, rather than fixed copays.
Some plans include:
These plans are available at no extra cost to the member. The covered hearing aids are name brands and offer the latest technology, including wireless connectivity to smartphones or tablets and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.
Medicare beneficiaries, who are interested in the hearing aid benefits, should call their local Pure Sound Hearing representative at 717-945-1477. Your representatives will be able to help you activate your benefits. Please have your insurance card available when you call.
Pure Sound Hearing is a leading local hearing aid company with five locations in Lancaster County. Pure Sound has been voted an LNP Readers’ Choice favorite annually since 2013, including 2019. Pure Sound director, Sean Mark, is a Nationally Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist with over 12 years of fitting experience. Pure Sound Hearing’s goal is to provide professionally fit, high quality, brand name hearing instruments at the lowest price possible.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a free hearing test and consultation, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists! We have offices located in Strasburg, Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mount Joy, and New Holland.
Having a hearing impairment, a range of deafness, or hearing loss involve complete or limited ability to hear. Indications of these could be mild, moderate, severe, or serious.
Individuals who suffer from mild hearing impairment could have issues with comprehending speech, particularly if there are a lot of surrounding noises. Those who suffer from moderate deafness could benefit from using a hearing aid.
Those who have severe deafness may engage in lip-reading as a means of communication, while others with profound deafness and the inability to hear anything at all are completely dependent on lip-reading or using sign language.
Causes of Deafness:
The inner ear has some of the most delicate bones in the body. Any damage caused to the eardrum or middle ear could cause a range of hearing loss or deafness.
Hearing Loss and Deafness
Hearing loss is defined as a diminished ability to hear in the same way as those who have normal hearing.
Deafness occurs when an individual can’t comprehend speech through hearing, even with amplified sound.
Profound Deafness is defined as a complete absence of hearing. A person who suffers from profound deafness cannot recognize sound at all.
How severe one’s hearing impairment is can be classified by how much louder volumes must be set at in order for them to identify a sound.
Some characterize profoundly deaf and completely deaf in the same manner. On the other hand, some characterize being diagnosed with profound deafness as being the end of the hearing spectrum.
What is the Process of Hearing?
Sound waves penetrate the ear, make their way down the ear or auditory canal, and come in contact with the eardrum, which then vibrates. The vibrations from the eardrum pass through three bones - the ossicles - located in the middle ear.
The ossicles intensify the reverberations, and are then gathered by small hair-like cells located in the cochlea.
These hair-like cells move when they come in contact with vibrations, and that movement data is transferred through the auditory nerve towards the brain. The brain will then process the data, which is then interpreted as sound.
3 Categories of Hearing Loss
1. Conductive Hearing Loss - This is when reverberations do not pass through the outer ear and into the inner ear, specifically the cochlea. This type of hearing loss can happen due to:
Ear infections could leave behind scar tissue, which may reduce the function of the
Eardrum. The ossicles could be harmed due to infection, trauma, or becoming fused
Together by a syndrome known as ankylosis.
2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Hearing loss can be caused by an impaired inner ear, cochlea, auditory nerve, or brain damage.
This type of hearing loss is generally caused by hair cells that are damaged in the cochlea. As people age, the hair cells lose function, and hearing abilities worsen.
Continuous exposure to loud noises, particularly high-frequency sounds, is an additional cause of hair cell damage. Damaged hair cells can’t be recovered. There are researchers currently considering the use of stem cells to produce new hair cells.
Total deafness in relation to sensorineural hearing loss could happen due to congenital deformities, inner ear infections, or trauma to the head.
3. Mixed Hearing Loss - this is a merge between conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Persistent ear infections could damage the eardrum and the ossicles. In some cases, surgery might restore one’s hearing, but it is not always sufficient.
4 Degrees of Deafness or Hearing Impairment
Treating Different Ranges of Hearing Loss
There are resources to help those of every type of hearing loss. The treatments depend on the cause and severity of the deafness.
There is no cure for sensorineural hearing. If the hair cells in the cochlea are destroyed, they cannot be repaired. There are different treatments and methods to improve a person’s hearing health.
There are a variety of hearing aids that come in all shapes, sizes, circuitries, and degrees of strengths.
Hearing aids cannot cure deafness. They intensify sounds for the listener to hear more clearly.
Hearing aid devices have an amplifier, a battery, loudspeaker, and microphone. Modern hearing aids are small, discreet, and fit inside the ear canal. Today’s hearing aids can help wearers differentiate between background and foreground noises.
Hearing aids would not be appropriate for someone who has profound deafness.
Custom made hearing aids can be created by taking an impression of the ear to make sure the device has a snug fit to the ear. It will be adjusted according to an individual’s auditory needs.
Types of hearing aids include:
These hearing devices have a dome known as an earmold, and a case that links one device to the other. The case rests behind the outer region of the ear, and the connection to the dome goes down the front of the ear. The sound travels electrically or acoustically to the ear.
BTE hearing aids typically last longer than other hearing devices. This is due to the fact that electrical elements are found outside of the ear, which causes less damage from earwax and moisture. These hearing aids are commonly used by children who need a durable device that is simple to use.
These hearing devices fill the outer part of the ear canal and are visible. Ear inserts that are soft and generally made of silicone, are used to keep the loudspeaker inside the ear. These hearing aids fit most wearers immediately and tend to have better quality of sound.
Completely in the canal (CIC)
These are small, discreet hearing aids that are not recommended for those who suffer from severe hearing loss.
Bone conduction hearing aids
These hearing aids amplify sounds for those with conductive hearing loss, in addition to those who cannot wear traditional hearing aids. The device has a part that vibrates and it is held against the mastoid using a headband. The vibrations travel through the mastoid bone, towards the cochlea. These hearing aids can be painful or cause discomfort if they are worn for an extended period of time.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from any range of hearing loss, please schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer affordable hearing aids at discount prices.
Analysts from the University of Michigan have found a way to represent the section of the ear that processes speech through a computerized model. This invention will help enhance hearing tests and hearing aid devices that are able to restore some hearing capabilities to those who are deaf. The cochlea, a spiral, tube-like cavity, collects pressure information from the eardrum and transforms it into nerve impulses, or signals transmitted along a nerve fiber, which are sent to the brain. There has not been complete insight as to how the cochlea functions from beginning to end, until this virtual model was created.
The apex, which is the furthest part from the eardrum, becomes gradually smaller at one end making it more difficult to examine. It also has different cell structures than the base. There have been new improvements to optical coherence tomography (OTC) and uses of light waves to develop 3-D images to give researchers a closer view of the cochlea’s apex. The OTC data allowed these researchers to determine the inner workings of the cochlea, interaction fluid-structure, and cell makeup.
The researchers also claim that their virtual model could likely improve how newborn babies get tested for hearing impairments and better insight of an infant’s hearing abilities. Making enhancements to the model for speech and music transduction may help the way cochlear implants function, and also a hearing aid’s capacity to accurately replicate sounds.
If you are in need of hearing aids or a hearing test, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing instrument specialists.
If you’ve had the same hearing aids for five years or longer, they have most likely been worn down and no longer work at the same optimal levels that they did when you first purchased them. Most warranties do not cover repairs or replacements after four years.
Hearing Aid Follow-up Appointments
Regular follow-up appointments to get your hearing aids adjusted is important in extending the lifespan of your hearing devices, but major advancements in technology result in out-dated hearing aids that tend to malfunction. It’s critical to be able to recognize when your hearing device is no longer working, so you may find a solution.
Changes in Lifestyles
If there are significant changes in your hearing abilities or personal life, you may need an upgrade. If you are taking on a new job, you’ll have to adjust to a new office environment or a new living environment that will affect your hearing needs.
Before you visit your hearing instrument specialist, it might be helpful to write down notes on how your hearing abilities have changed since your previous hearing aid fitting. This will help you feel more confident in identifying which features you want and discuss the ways in which your hearing aids will work best with your lifestyle.
Hearing Aid Adjustments
Hearing loss worsens with age, so this is just a warning that your hearing loss might be more severe than you were anticipating. With the proper care and guidance, your hearing instrument specialist can adjust your hearing aid so that you won’t even notice additional hearing loss that may have developed since your original hearing aid purchase.
Testing out Hearing Aids
Purchasing hearing aids is a big decision and a big investment. Your hearing instrument specialist can offer to let you try the latest in hearing aid technology. During that trial period you can decide if you need an upgrade.
If your hearing has recently worsened, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
The SoundRecover2 in Phonak's Naida ™ B supports the quality of low-pitched sounds, and makes high-pitched sounds easier for you to hear.
The Binaural VoiceStream Technology™ allows you to better comprehend speech and block out most background noises.
Combining the use of the Naida ™ B hearing aids with Roger™ microphone technology, helps you hear sounds that are both close by and further away from you.
The Naída B-R RIC is a new easy-to-use rechargeable hearing aid.
3 Models of Phonak's Naída B
Naída B-R RIC
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Phonak's Naida ™ B hearing aids, please contact one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
If you have a hearing impairment, the sounds of nature, conversations and laughter from family and friends, or listening to your favorite music can really come to life with a good pair of hearing aids.
If you have been living with any range of hearing loss for an extensive period of time, using hearing aids to hear sounds again can be overwhelming for your ears. Don’t be discouraged. It takes time to adjust to new hearing aids.
Things To Expect During the First Few Weeks
Depending on how serious your hearing loss is, you environment could sound muffled, or you may only be capable of identifying certain noises. A hearing aid will unexpectedly shift your pattern of perception. While you are becoming familiar with how hearing aids function, ordinary noises might sound louder than anticipated. You own voice, and other familiar noises, may sound different to you.
There are some things that you will need to get acquainted with.
This includes becoming acquainted to the physical feeling of having a hearing instrument in your ear. Your brain will have to recognize and process many stimuli again. A lot of time may have passed since you were last able to experience a complete range of sounds. Most of the background noises that those who have normal hearing learned to ignore, will sound new to you. Initially, you will find it difficult to tune out those noises.
As you adapt to hearing the stimulating sounds around you, your brain will re-learn how to subdue background noises and focus on sounds that are important. You need to be patient. After a few weeks or months, most wearers don’t even notice they’re wearing a hearing device.
You don’t have to wear your new hearing aids for the entire day, during your initial wear time. If sounds are too overwhelming, you can remove the hearing aid for as long as you feel is necessary. You should start wearing them for a few hours on a daily basis, and then gradually increase the amount of time each day until you can wear from dawn until dusk.
Learn How to Handle and Take Care of Your Hearing Aids
To adjust to wearing hearing aids, familiarize yourself with the devices. Ask your hearing instrument specialist to explain how to insert and remove the hearing aids, and practice on a daily basis.
Learn techniques on how to maintain and clean your hearing devices. Test the settings on your hearing aid and notice the differences.
Using Your Hearing Aids at Home
Start by wearing your hearing aid device in a quiet environment. This will make it easier for you to distinguish sounds and recognize them correctly, without the distractions of street noises or other people’s conversations.
Eventually it would be a good idea to walk outside. When you are outdoors, you’ll have the option of focusing on several different quiet sounds, without loud background noise.
Engage in Conversations with Others
Your first conversations that you have while wearing your hearing aid should be in a relaxed environment. Speak with no more than two people, without any background noises. You can disclose how exactly your hearing impairment changes the way you communicate, and how they can help during conversations.
3 Tips For Engaging in Conversations with Background Noise
1. Select the best location for listening. The microphones in a hearing aid are typically aligned to the front. If the individual that you are speaking to is seated behind you or off to your side, you may find it more difficult to understand what they are saying. Stand or sit to opposite side of the person you are speaking to. It is best to be face to face if you are able to, and need to, lip read.
2. If a discussion is happening in a large group, ask the participants to speak clearly and have one person speak at a time. Conversations can move along quickly, so don’t become discouraged if you can’t follow along. You can just ask someone to summarize what was said.
3. Look out for facial expressions and gestures. If you watch the mouth of the individual that you are speaking to, you can learn how to translate the body language into words. The brain unconsciously uses this method to comprehend words that are mumbled. With some practice, anyone can train themselves to use this technique.
Handling Loud Environments
After you have become accustomed to your hearing aids, wear them in a place that has high levels or background noises. You can determine how well you can separate the background noises and control a conversation in these environments.
Improved Hearing as a New Experience
After being able to hear again with your new hearing aids, your new sense of hearing will not initially be the best. In fact, it could be a little unpleasant. The sound of your own voice may be unsettling. This is known as the occlusion effect. This is when a person perceives “hollow” or “booming” echo-like sounds in their own voice. It’s caused by bone-conducted sound vibrations reverberating of the ear canal, which may result in lower frequencies being intensified. The sounds have been characterized as “your own voice resonating in your head”. In order to resolve this problem, a hearing instrument specialist can change the ventilation and amplification ratio.
3 Tips to Remember
1. Hearing aid wearers, and those who they communicate with need to be patient. Do not expect too much progress in a short amount of time.
2. Concentration is also important. Those who have hearing loss need to concentrate harder to follow along in a conversation, particularly in a large group. Be easy on yourself, and eventually you will find it easier to talk in larger groups.
3. Be honest to those who you are communicating with. Don’t simply smile, nod, or be agreeable. Let people know when you don’t understand something, otherwise everyone will end up being frustrated.
If you are hard of hearing and need hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists. We offer a variety of hearing aid options at discount prices!
In the summertime, it’s important to remember that hearing aids can become damaged due to excessive heat and moisture. Here are five tips to make sure your hearing aids have optimal performance in high temperatures.
1.) Store your hearing aid devices in a cool, dry location.
Too much exposure to heat can damage the hearing aid circuit. Too much moisture can get collected in the microphone and/or receiver, which can make your hearing aid appear to stop working.
2.) Keep moisture out of your hearing aids.
You can use desiccant, hearing aid dehumidifier, or dry-aid kit to keep moisture out if hearing aids. Desiccant is a substance that absorbs moisture. You typically see them in new shoes, clothes, or electronics. Your hearing instrument specialist can offer affordable desiccant, hearing aid dehumidifiers, and dry-aid kits that are exclusively used for hearing aids.
3.) Store the desiccant in a sealed, dry location.
When the desiccant becomes exposed, it will remove moisture from the environment. Having the desiccant in a regulated environment will give it a prolonged shelf life.
4.) Try to keep your hearing aids away from excessive perspiration.
If your hearing aids become moist due to excessive perspiration, remove them from your ears and open the battery door to allow airflow to circulate in and out of the device. You may also store the hearing aids in your desiccant, hearing aid dehumidifier, or dry-aid kit.
5.) Do not clean hearing aids with any sort of liquid.
Liquids, including alcohol, can damage your hearing aids. In order to clean the hearing device, you should brush them off with a clean, soft cloth and keep them in a place that has plenty of air flow.
If you need supplies to take care of your hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids or stop in at one of our offices!