Accepting that you have hearing loss can be very difficult. There are many steps and decisions to make in order to bring clear sound back into your life. After choosing an audiologist, and getting your hearing test results, it is time to choose a hearing aid (s). Choosing the best hearing aid can be a difficult task, and with so many brands and models on the market, it is essential to complete a thorough technology consult with your audiologist.
After being fit with hearing aids, there is still more to keep in mind! Hearing devices are electronic devices and need special care and maintenance. This helps to extend the life of the devices and make sure that they are working to their highest possible capacity. Your hearing aid provider may have explained proper operation of your units and given you some tips on how to care for them, but it can still seem overwhelming. There are a few tools and accessories that will make the job easier to manage.
Purchase a case to store your hearing devices in when they are not in use. This will help keep them safe. It is always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand to avoid emergency trips to buy fresh ones. It is very important to keep hearing devices clean and dry. Many people find a dehumidifier useful in keeping their devices dry. Cleaning kits are available that offer all the tools and chemical solutions needed to keep hearing aids clean and sanitary.
Cleaning wipes are also available and are very convenient for people who are often on the go. Special lotions are sold to help prevent ears from becoming dry or irritated from wearing hearing aids. All of these items are readily available. Most audiologist or hearing instrument suppliers have accessories and supplies available for sale right in the office. Drugstores and most major retail chains will also have hearing device supplies available. Specific hearing aid brands often market products. In most cases, it is not necessary to use the same brand as your hearing aid.
Store or generic brands save money and typically work just as well as the name brands. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, talk to your hearing aid provider. They are there to answer your questions and concerns. Support groups for people who have suffered hearing loss are also very helpful.
The members are usually willing to share their stories and experiences. They can suggest tips, tricks and tools that they find especially helpful in caring for their hearing devices. Dealing with hearing loss can be very isolating, but it does not have to be. You are not alone. Reach out and let others support you through this difficult transition.