"My mom is 82 and was in need of some hearing aids but a little reluctant. Now she actually can hear when we are not just looking right at her!”
~ Jan, mid-forties, caregiver for her mom
Depending on your hearing loss, two hearing aids are always best. We have two ears for a reason, and both need to function at the best level for directionality, understanding, and safety.
Traditional daily wear hearing aids should be worn during all waking hours if possible. Exceptions are when swimming or getting wet in the shower or tub, when having a medical procedure such as surgery or an MRI, and, of course, when at the hairdresser or barber shop. The audiologist may mention other times when wearing hearing aids would not be recommended.
Wearing your hearing aid as much as possible is important to allow your brain to acclimate to the programming determined best for your hearing needs.
Each battery should last approximately 7 days depending on the power needed for your particular hearing aid. Opening the battery door at night, thereby breaking the charge, may extend the life of the battery a bit.
If you lose your hearing aid, call us as soon as possible. If you do not already have a backup aid, we are often able to fit you with an acceptable unit (at no charge) that will adequately meet your needs while the order for a replacement is being filled. We will give you specific warranty/replacement details when you call or during your appointment time.
While many parents are advised by well-meaning friends and family to 'wait and see', we recommend contacting a speech-language pathologist if you have any concerns. Many questions may be answered in a brief phone call.