Hearing Aid Rules Blog

Hearing Aid Rules

Hearing Aid Rules

There are several rules to keep in mind when wearing hearing aids. These rules are not only to keep your hearing aids safe but to keep you and those around you safe as well

DO NOT get your hearing aids wet. Most hearing aids are water-resistant but they are NOT waterproof. If you dive into your swimming pool they most likely will not work after the incident. Also, be careful not to leave them in your pocket and have them go through the laundry. If you accidentally get the hearing aids wet if possible remove the hearing aid battery and let the hearing aids air dry for several hours. Sometimes they will revive. Never use a hot blow dryer or oven to try to dry your hearing devices. Most rechargeable hearing aids do not allow you to remove the battery; however, they tend to be more water-resistant because the battery is sealed into the instrument. Also, do not store your hearing aids in a humid environment, such as a bathroom. Constant exposure to moisture can cause corrosion. 

DO NOT use your hearing aids around loud noise. Do not use your hearing aids with power tools, firearms or at loud concerts. Anywhere that hearing protection is recommended it is strongly recommended to leave your hearing aids out. Hearing aids are not designed to be hearing protection if they are turned off in your ear. There is considerable risk to further damage your hearing if you wear hearing aids instead of earmuffs or earplugs. 

DO NOT leave your hearing aid batteries near children, pets or medications. Hearing aid batteries are poisonous if swallowed. Small children may mistake them for candy and if batteries are kept in pill bottles they may be mistaken as a tablet. If you suspect that a battery has been ingested, most battery packages have the telephone number to contact poison control. 

DO NOT wear your hearing aids during MRI testing. The MRI can damage your hearing devices. 

DO NOT leave your hearing aids near dogs or cats. One of the most common reasons for loss and damage insurance claims is because the devices were eaten by pets. Keep your hearing aids in their case and high out of reach of your furry friends.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Many hearing aids get left in the dresser drawer because the wearer does not like how the hearing aids feel or sound. The hearing aid user wants everything to sound normal”; however, in order for the hearing aid to correct the hearing loss it will make things sound different than “normal”. 

Adapting to hearing aids is a rehabilitative process. The brain has become accustomed to not hearing all that it should. For most people this has been a gradual process of losing the sounds around them. When hearing aids are inserted into the patient’s ears there is typically an immediate difference in the sound quality. The person may perceive other people’s voices as tinny or they may perceive their own voice as booming. The brain is now noting the difference from hearing with and without the devices. 

The new hearing aid user needs to allow the brain time to adapt to this new way of hearing. Provided that the hearing aids are not causing physical pain, the wearer should try to wear the devices regularly. Consistency will allow the brain to establish a “new normal”. 

Many people cannot wear their new hearing aids for the entire day at the beginning. If you are feeling overwhelmed it is best to start with 2 hours and then take a break. Then try again for 2 hours. As this becomes more comfortable increase to 3 hours and then 4 hours until you can wear them all day. 

Also, it is best not to start out in loud noisy environments such as restaurants or in crowds. Good places to start your practice, is at home, watching television and going out where there is only a small group of people. As you gain confidence and comfort in those environments you can branch out into large crowds and noisier environments. 

If the hearing aids hurt in anyway take the devices out and contact your individual provider right away. Pain is not an acceptable option. They are not like shoes and your ear will not break our hearing aids in. 

Above all don’t give up!! If you are frustrated, talk with your provider. They may be able to make adjustments to your hearing aids to allow a more gradual transition.