- Keep your Hearing Aid Clean and Dry Daily
For the hearing aid to function properly, there must be no obstruction in the sound input (microphone) or in the sound outlet. Very often an obstruction is caused by earwax or moisture issues. Pay attention to the microphone, wax filter, the earhook and the earmould tubing. These are the common places where the blockage can occur.
- Battery Supplies
In order to ensure that the hearing aid receives the necessary electric energy, a good quality battery is a must. All new batteries should be kept separately. New batteries should never be in direct contact with another battery or other metal part. At Sandgate Hearing we stock keyring size battery testers for checking your battery’s condition.
- Free of Earwax Blockages
As you wear hearing aid daily, you may be unaware of earwax slowly building up inside your ear. Your ear canal size can change as you age and from years of wearing a hearing aid. This change can affect your hearing aid efficiency with your hearing aid fitting becoming loose and in some cases causing hearing aid whistle. See an audiologist or doctor to inspect your ears regularly. We also provide earwax removal.
- Book to see your audiologist regularly
Our hearing naturally deteriorates over time. Hearing aids are electronic devices and their performance will slowly deteriorate too. It is important to see your audiologist at least once a year to check your hearing aid and make adjustments to suit your hearing needs.
- Hearing and Understanding are Different
Hearing aids using factory settings allow you to detect/hear the sounds. Being able to understand the meaning of the information carried by the sounds (speech) is very different. Unlike eyeglasses, which, when put on provide immediate, positive results, hearing loss affects at least five different dimensions of sound receptions. In addition, auditory memory and central cognitive function play a role in speech understanding.
An experience audiologist can help you find the best possible hearing system and program your hearing aid to the best possible settings for maximum benefits.
If you have been wearing your hearing aid for a while but still unsatisfied with the results, see an audiologist and explain how you feel.