Hearing Health - 4 Ways to Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

4 Ways to Improve Your Hearing Aid Experience

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Whether you are new to hearing aids, or you are an experienced wearer, one thing is undeniable: hearing aids have the ability to change your life and reconnect you to the world around you. 

In recent years, hearing aid design has grown incredibly advanced. Many hearing aid models now offer wireless compatibility, allowing you to stream phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids. Speech recognition features assist you in conversation and help elucidate speakers’ voices even in noisy situations.

Even with these advanced features, there are ways you can improve your hearing aid experience. We offer you a few tips to enhance how you hear.

Tinnitus Therapy

Have you ever had the experience sound without an external stimulus? The sound may be a whistle or a buzz or a ring, and it may be temporary or long-lasting. This sound is known as tinnitus, a “ringing of the ear.” Did you know that 90% of hearing aid cases are accompanied by tinnitus?

In other words, if you have a hearing loss, chances are you also experience some form of tinnitus. To address this common issue, many hearing aid manufacturers have included tinnitus therapy as a feature. Though there is no cure for tinnitus, it is often manageable with tinnitus therapy.

Hearing aids with tinnitus therapy produce soothing sounds, whether they are synthetic tones or nature sounds (waves, leaves) to re-train the brain.  You have the option to utilize tinnitus therapy on its own, or in conjunction with your hearing aid microphones. Tinnitus therapy features actually help you hear better, by helping you refocus your attention on sounds you want to hear while drowning out the frustrating sounds of tinnitus.

If you believe you are experiencing tinnitus and would like to learn more about tinnitus therapy options, contact us at Hearing Health.

Hearing Aid Accessories

What’s the one thing your hearing aid can’t do without? Batteries. You may have become familiar with the drop in sound quality as your hearing aid batteries begin to die. As hearing aids have become more advanced, they require much more power than older models. Many hearing aid manufacturers now offer rechargeable hearing aid options. Rechargeable hearing aids offer long-lasting battery life, often times on a short charge. If you lead an active life, you may want to invest in a travel battery back to recharge your hearing aids.

For hearing aids with traditional batteries, you never really know when your batteries will go. To avoid being caught without power, invest in a battery tester. This helps you gauge how much juice is left in your batteries. Always be sure to carry an extra pair of batteries, just in case!

What’s the single greatest enemy to your hearing aids? Moisture. If you lead an active lifestyle and exercise regularly, or if you live in a humid climate, consider investing in a dehumidifying unit. Dehumidifiers ensure that your hearing aids are moisture-free, which helps them function optimally every day.

Daily Maintenance and Care

Though your hearing aids are sturdy and powerful, it’s important to keep in mind that they are also sensitive electronic devices. Following a daily maintenance routine will ensure a longer life and better performance for your aids.

Dehumidifying units (above) are a great investment in terms of keeping the tiny electrical components dry. When you first got your hearing aids, your hearing specialist might have given you some tools to do a simple clean of your hearing aids at home. Make sure that there is no debris or cerumen blocking the microphones, as this could cause whistling or buzzing in your listening experience.

Every night, store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in the washroom, where moisture could collect. If you remove your hearing aids to exercise or shower, make sure they are safely stored.

Schedule a Cleaning and a Hearing Test

Every few months, schedule a hearing aid cleaning with us at Hearing Health. We provide thorough, professional cleanings that go deeper than the daily care you provide your hearing aids. We also provide hearing aid repairs.

Even if your hearing aids are working brilliantly, it’s important to schedule an annual hearing test. Our hearing abilities are always changing. An annual hearing test allows you to monitor your hearing abilities. If there are changes, we can make adjustments to your current hearing aids or recommend different options to provide you with the best listening experience.

If you have questions about your hearing aids or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Hearing Health today.

Hearing Health of Portland

503-292-2995

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