It might be scary to know that only 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids have them. But those people who do have hearing aids might be more fearful of damaging or losing them. Because it is Halloween time, we have put together three scary stories that create fear in people with hearing aids. But there are ways to prevent horrible things from happening to them, as you’ll see below.
Screaming at bath time
For the first story, suppose you get up and hop in the shower or get into your bathtub like any other day, only on this day you feel a funny sensation in your ears after washing your hair. Suddenly, you discover you forgot to take out your hearing aids first and, therefore, scream with alarm. Although hearing aids can withstand a small amount of moisture, such as with normal sweating, you might feel a sense of horror when you realize that wearing them in the shower can severely damage them. However, you can easily prevent this event from happening by hanging reminder notes in the bathroom.
If your hearing aids do make contact with water, you must turn them off and discard the batteries. To absorb the moisture in the hearing aids, dry them with a clean cloth and then place them in a bowl of silica gel or uncooked rice to take up the residual moisture. Insert new batteries and test them after 24 hours. If they still don’t seem to work properly, contact your hearing instrument specialist.
Screaming due to a midnight massacre
Let’s imagine, for the second story, that you place your hearing aids, per usual, on the nightstand before going to sleep. During the night you hear a loud, obnoxious crunching sound, but assume it is just your dog chewing on a bone. You go back to sleep, despite the rude awakening. But upon getting up when it is time to rise and shine, you reach for your hearing aids only to discover your dog has chewed them to smithereens. This horror alone will make you scream. Therefore, with pets at home, it is imperative to keep hearing aids and their batteries out of reach. It’s one thing to have to buy expensive new hearing aids, but your pet, more importantly, can be seriously harmed if it swallowing batteries or hearing aids. To prevent this from happening, keep your hearing aids in a case, cabinet, or drawer inaccessible to your pet. Immediately call the animal poison control hotline for help or get your pet to a vet right away if such an event does happen.
Screaming due to the vanishing hearing aids
The final story goes as follows: You are at an amusement park having the time of your life on a roller coaster. You ascend the steep incline with glee and descend the hill with rapid fear, again and again, not mindful of your hearing aids. Only now, the real horror is that your hearing aids have blown out of your ears.
Because hearing aids are lightweight and small, any number of things can dislodge them. Riding a bike, going on a roller coaster, or riding in a car with the windows open are examples of how it can happen. However, headbands or hearing-aid clips can secure them. So, if you decide to go to an amusement park, for instance, be sure to bring a portable hearing-aid case to keep your devices safe.
Hearing aids and their protection
Such incidents as told above have happened, even though these stories are fiction. Take care of and protect your hearing aids profusely. They are crucial to your interaction with the world at large. Be cognizant of how to take care of them in any situation, not just the ones outlined above. However, should your hearing aids need to be repaired or replaced, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.