After receiving your hearing test results and determining that you would benefit from using hearing aids, your hearing instrument specialist will help you choose the right hearing aids for your specific listening needs. When your hearing aids are selected, follow-up appointments will be made so that you can be properly fitted for the devices and the hearing instrument specialist will program different settings for you. You will also get a better understanding of how they work and how to take care of them.
Two Types of Batteries
Hearing aids come in various shapes, styles, and sizes. There are behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE), and in-the-canal (ITC) styles. The two battery styles are disposable batteries and rechargeable batteries. Your hearing instrument specialist will go over and help you understand the battery that your hearing aids have, along with maintenance practices for the batteries.
The disposable batteries are known as zinc-air button batteries. They are tiny and are manually placed inside the hearing aid. You need to know when the batteries are low and how to replace them. Hearing aid batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place. The tabs on the batteries should remain on the batteries until you are ready to use them. Removing the tab activates the batteries, so make sure you have your hearing aids ready to insert the batteries immediately. Keep in mind that hearing aid batteries need to be stored safely so animals and children cannot get a hold of them. Read more about it in our article: Beware of Children and Pets Who May Swallow Hearing Aid Batteries
If you have a rechargeable battery, you need to understand how to recharge it so that it remains effective. Be aware that using streaming features to listen to phone calls, music, or other media will drain the batteries faster.
A Comfortable Fit
When you look for clothes or shoes, you try them on before purchasing them. You want to make sure they’re comfortable before you bring them home and wear them around. It’s the same idea with hearing aids.
The dome on the hearing aid receiver (the piece that rests in your ear canal) is available in standard sizes. Making sure you have the right size so it feels comfortable and doesn’t produce feedback noises is important. You may also get a custom receiver that perfectly fits the unique shape of your ears. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled so that you can discuss any issues you’re having with the fit of your hearing aids. Your hearing instrument specialist will work with you until you are satisfied with the function and feel of your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Maintenance
Modern hearing aids are advanced. Not only can they make sounds louder, but they also have the ability to block out background noise. Some hearing aids feature artificial intelligence (AI) so that they can automatically switch settings based on your environment.
You need to regularly clean your hearing aids and properly store them when not in use. Earwax, moisture, or other debris can obstruct your hearing aid microphones and tubes, which can distort the way you hear. Professional/deeper cleanings by your provider should be made every six months or less if you are experiencing problems. Your provider will go over this in more detail during your hearing aid fitting.
Keep a Hearing Journal
Getting new hearing aids and being fitted for them is an important event in your life. You should come up with questions before, during, and after receiving your hearing aids. Keep a journal about your progress and any problems that you encounter. Notice where/when you hear better in certain situations. Your fitting appointment is a perfect time to discuss any concerns you have, but don’t hesitate to contact their office any time after your appointment. That’s what they are there for.
If you need hearing aids and a proper hearing aid fitting, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing aid trial.