This blog originally appeared as a fun, personal story on www.starkey.com.
I love how comfortable my hearing aids are, but sometimes I forget they are there. And while this is a wonderful thing — and there is little I can’t do while wearing hearing aids — there are a few times when remembering you have incredibly advanced technology in-or-on your ears is important.
We all have “oops!” moments though.
And when “oops!” moments happen, the best thing to do is call us for what to do next. Every “oops!” moment is different, and we are always happy to help!
We put our hearing aids through a lot—earwax, sweat, dust, oil and sometimes water. While daily cleaning and regular service can help retain optimal hearing conditions and extend the life of your hearing aids, sometimes hearing aid repair is necessary. But before sending your hearing aids off for repair, check these common troubleshooting errors and solutions.
My hearing instrument is “dead”
A “dead” hearing aid is most often the result of a dead hearing aid battery or a blocked receiver tube. Try inserting fresh hearing aid batteries or cleaning the receiver tube of any earwax or other debris. If the problem persists, then the hearing aid could be damaged or defective and might require professional hearing aid service.
My hearing instrument is not loud enough
As you adjust to your hearing aids, you will begin to notice when changes in volume occur. First, check to ensure the hearing aids are free of any debris or blockage. Second, check your batteries. A low battery can also result in fluctuating performance. If neither of these are the cause of the perceived change in volume, it is possible that your hearing has changed and you need to schedule an appointment with your hearing professional.
My hearing aids aren’t performing consistently
When your hearing aids seem to be inconsistent in sound quality or volume, it’s important to check your battery life. A hearing aid battery running low can result in inconsistent performance. Simply replace the battery with a fresh one to fix the issue.
The sound is distorted or unclear in my hearing aids
When sound becomes distorted or unclear, it may be the result of a low battery, or something may have damaged the device. It is key to see your hearing professional as soon as possible if a new battery doesn’t fix a sound quality issue.
For other hearing aid care and maintenance tips contact us today!
Dating is already complicated. You have to pick a restaurant, an outfit, and you have to plan what do if you don’t like your date. And if you have hearing loss, chances are you are planning other things too. Making sure the restaurant has enough lighting. How you’re going to talk about your hearing loss with a new person. What to do if the person speaks softly or covers his or her mouth when talking.
Thus, with all that in mind, here are five helpful dating tips to keep in mind!
- Plan your location carefully! Take the time to scope out potential spots ahead of time with lighting, background noise and overall ambience as main considerations. And, even if it’s a first date, don’t be afraid to recommend something besides a restaurant or to take control of choosing the location.
- Make up a fun, creative date. With gorgeous summer weather, there are an abundance of outside summer date ideas. Have a picnic in the park or go see a baseball game. If you live somewhere where the weather is too hot, grab your favorite films and snacks and have a movie marathon!
- Early arrival at a restaurant means better choices. When you get to the location early, you have a better chance at choosing a spot in the restaurant that you know you’ll enjoy.
- Do I have to tell them I have hearing loss? It’s up to you! While hearing loss is nothing to be ashamed, we totally understand that it’s a personal decision. Often times though, being upfront about it from the start leads to a better date because your partner knows how he or she can best help you keep the conversation flowing and not miss out on any of the fun!
- Communicate between date nights! We live in a digital age where smartphones and tablets are all the rage. Take advantage of technology by texting, emailing, or using things like Skype or FaceTime to chat when you’re not physically with each other. This keeps your relationship growing and offers you a way to communicate easier!
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Hearing loss happens. It’s the third most common health problem in the U.S., according to WebMD. Hearing loss is also very treatable – even more so when detected early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, why not find out for sure?
- It’s free, painless and takes less than an hour.
- Hearing loss has been known to foreshadow cardiovascular events.
- When it comes back negative for hearing loss, you can tell your friends to get off your back.
- The Mayo Clinic recommends every adult get a baseline hearing test.
- Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to dementia.
- People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to fall.
- Most hearing clinics serve free cookies and coffee.
- Treating hearing loss by wearing hearing aids is proven to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
- Untreated hearing loss is known to contribute to depression and social isolation.
- Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve earning power.
- Because you’re proactive about your health and care about your quality of life.
Think you may have hearing loss? Find out for sure by scheduling a hearing test with us today. You’ve got nothing to lose and your quality of life to gain.
Have hearing loss but don’t want to wear hearing aids? Today’s hearing aids have a lot more upside than just looking significantly more stylish than their predecessors.
You can hear again
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss.
Your spouse will be relieved
They’ll be grateful they won’t need to be your interpreter anymore.
Your grandkids will stop looking at you quizzically
OK, no guarantees on that. But at least they’ll stop wondering why you say “what?” all the time, never answer their questions, or answer off topic.
You can enjoy music again
Starkey Muse hearing aids are the first hearing aids specifically engineered to enhance the enjoyment of music.
You can watch TV without blasting the volume
Starkey’s wireless hearing aids can stream sound directly from your TV to your hearing aids. You control the volume. No one else has to hear it if you don’t want them to.
You’ll be a positive role model to friends and family
You proactively did something about your hearing loss. Who doesn’t admire a take-charge person?
You’ll boost your confidence
When you can hear clearly, you’ll be more self-assured in restaurants, on the job, and in social and public settings.
You could positively impact your earning power
Studies show people who treat their hearing loss earn higher incomes than peers who don’t.
You’ll get tired less quickly
The harder it is to hear, the more energy your brain uses to listen, the quicker you get mentally exhausted. Hearing aids help negate that.
You’ll enjoy going out to noisy places like restaurants again
Loud environments are the most challenging for hearing loss sufferers. Today’s best hearing aids help, thanks to technology that detects and isolates speech and reduces background noise.
Your brain will thank you
Your brain is a like muscle, and processing sounds is one of its favorite exercises. Sound deprivation can accelerate atrophy.
You’ll minimize potentially embarrassing moments
Hearing information incorrectly or answering questions inappropriately (or not at all) could lead to an unnecessary and regretful faux pas.
You could improve your safety and those under your charge
There’s less chance you’ll miss warning sounds, important instructions, or calls for help.
Did we already say your spouse will be relieved?
Not just them, but friends and family, too. They won’t have to repeat things, or shout things, or tolerate the TV being so loud. Or worry about you as much.
If you’re one of the millions of adults who haven’t sought help for your hearing loss, you’re missing out on plenty. Contact us today to discover even more great reasons to wear hearing aids.
- • http://www.asha.org/Aud/Articles/Untreated-Hearing-Loss-in-Adults/
- • http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-loss-treatment
- • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426091
- • http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_accelerated_brain_tissue_loss_
- • http://www.who.int/pbd/deafness/news/Millionslivewithhearingloss.pdf
This blog originally appeared on www.starkey.com.
Batteries are one of the most important things when it comes to hearing aids. Hearing aids
need a steady source of power from a quality hearing aid battery in order to run effectively and
properly. A low battery or defective battery can significantly impair the performance of a
Here are four things you should know about hearing aid batteries:
How Long Batteries Last: Standard hearing aid batteries last anywhere from 3 to 22 days, depending on the type of hearing aid, the battery type and capacity and how often the hearing aid is used.
Depending on how often you use your hearing aids, you may need to change batteries once a week or twice a month. You should change your batteries if any of the below occur:
Sound becomes distorted or you have to turn up the volume on your hearing aid more
The “low-battery” beep or voice sound comes on, indicating that the battery is getting
low and should be changed. Switch to a new set of batteries as soon as you can when
you hear this sound.
NOTE: Dead batteries should be removed immediately so they don’t swell and become difficult
to remove later.
Protective Seals: You might have noticed a small, sticky tab in orange or another color on each
battery in a package. These protective seals keep the battery from discharging power, so never
remove the seal unless you’re about to use the battery. Additionally, never buy unopened
battery packages as the batteries are most likely compromised.
Wait Five Seconds: Last year a Rochester, Minnesota student discovered how to help extend
battery life of hearing aid batteries by waiting after removing the protective seal! See how
Minimize Battery Drain: Once you remove the protective seal from a battery it begins to
discharge power; however, there are three things you can do to help minimize battery
1) When not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door. Note, you
should always open the battery door at night to allow moisture to escape and to
help keep the battery from corroding.
2) If you won’t be using the hearing aid for an extended period of time, take the
battery out completely. You can store it in the protective case for your hearing aids.
3) Avoid storing batteries and hearing aids in extreme temperatures, hot and cold, as
they can quickly drain battery power and shorten a battery’s lifespan.
TIP 1: Batteries can suddenly lose power, so be sure to carry an extra set with you at all times.
Keep an extra package in your purse, car, briefcase or desk at work.
TIP 2: Keep backup batteries away from coins, keys and other metal objects so as to avoid
accidently discharging the batteries before use.
TIP 3: Store batteries at normal room temperatures and do NOT refrigerate or expose to
extreme hot or cold temperatures.
TIP 4: Wash your hands before changing batteries. Grease and dirt residue on batteries could
damage the hearing aid.
Need more hearing aid care and maintenance tips? Contact us today for product information,
care tips and more!