If you have recently gotten new hearing aids or will be soon, you likely have several questions. It is important to know what you can expect with new hearing aids. Learning about the best ways to maintain your device and maximize use not only supports your hearing but also the longevity of your hearing aids!
Will my hearing be restored?
Hearing loss is a permanent condition that means that complete hearing cannot be restored. It is important to know that hearing aids do not “cure” hearing loss but rather, these devices help you hear much better and easier. Today’s hearing aids are more advanced than ever which allows them to perform a wide range of functions that maximize hearing capacity. Though hearing aids are savvy pieces of technology that tremendously support hearing, you may still experience hearing challenges in specific settings. Environments like noisy restaurants or parties pose hearing difficulties for people with and without hearing loss.
How often do I need to wear my hearing aids?
You should wear your hearing aids during waking hours. This means that the only time you are not wearing your hearing aids is when you are sleeping. Hearing aids are intended to be integrated into your daily life, routines, and activities. This allows you to better hear and process sound which is critical to communication and safety throughout the day. Today’s hearing aids are equipped with a range of features and technologies that are designed for optimal integration and use in a variety of settings. The only other time hearing aids should be removed is when you shower. Be sure to thoroughly dry your ears before inserting them back into your ears!
How do I maintain my hearing aids?
Because hearing aids are worn throughout the day, they experience normal wear and tear. Hearing aids are made with various components like computer chips and microelectronics (microphone, amplifier, speaker, etc.) that are expensive and should be properly cared for. It is important to practice daily maintenance measures including:
- Thoroughly clean your device at the end of the night. Establish a regular schedule and cleaning routine that is implemented daily. You can develop this routine with your hearing healthcare provider who is an expert in maintaining hearing aids.
- Store your device properly. This should involve keeping your hearing aids near you so that they are easily accessible in an emergency. They should also be out of the reach of any pets or children! Lastly, hearing aids should be stored in a cool and dry area or container.
How long will my hearing aids last?
Hearing aids are pretty durable devices and can last up to 7 years. The average length of time when people replace their hearing aids is after 5 years. The longevity of hearing aids depends on a few factors including your maintenance practices over the years and the specific type of hearing aid device you have. It is important to remember that hearing aids are impacted by daily wear and tear which includes: accumulation of earwax, hair, debris, moisture, etc. that your ears normally experience. It is crucial to practice regular cleaning practices so that your device works optimally for a long time!
Do all hearing aids work the same?
All hearing aids consist of the same basic components – microphone, amplifier, receiver, and batteries. These components work together to absorb and process sound waves and adjust the sound to meet the wearers’ specific hearing needs. Though all devices share these components, there is a wide range of hearing aid styles. From behind the ear types to in the ear devices, hearing aids can differ in size and features. There are numerous features that hearing aids offer today – Bluetooth technology, voice recognition, background noise reduction, etc. These additional features are designed to enhance sound quality and overall hearing.
What should I do if something is wrong with my hearing aids?
You will become familiar with your hearing aids which allows you to instantly know if they aren’t working optimally. If you experience feedback or other sound issues, you can try a few quick troubleshooting tips:
- Remove your hearing aids and thoroughly clean them, removing any earwax or other dirt from the device
- Replace your batteries
- Make sure the battery compartment is fully shut
If these quick fixes are not effective and issues persist, be sure to take your hearing aids to be checked by your hearing healthcare provider.