If your hearing aid doesn’t seem quite as effective lately, you might have missed doing a regular tune-up. Just like going to the dentist or taking your dog for a wellness checkup, your hearing aids need a yearly tune-up to keep them in top condition. The best way to make sure you’re hearing everything you should is to practice these techniques at least once a year.
Get an Adjustment
Any delicate piece of technology can get out of focus over time, and your hearing aid is no different. Make an appointment with your audiologist to have your hearing aids checked and reprogrammed to make sure they’re working at the optimum level for your needs. Even a tiny adjustment can make a huge difference in the way you perceive the world around you. Our office will also check to make sure your hearing aids are working properly during the tune-up, which can prevent problems from happening in the future.
Change the Batteries
The array of hearing aid batteries might be confusing, but luckily they’re color-coded to make selection much easier. When your hearing aid starts beeping, or you notice a decrease in volume, that’s a sign to change the batteries before they die out. Changing them annually is a great preventative measure that might eliminate situations where your hearing aids quit unexpectedly.
Cleaning the Hearing Aids
Your hearing aids are positioned inside your ears, so they’ll naturally come in daily contact with ear wax and residue. Even the smallest amount of wax can muffle the sound, so it’s important that you clean your hearing aids regularly. Clean them, inside and out, on a regular basis, and contact your manufacturer to find out if they offer free intensive cleaning.
Check for an Upgrade
While you’re getting a tune-up, ask about new hearing aid technology. The industry is constantly working on improvements, and it’s worth getting an upgrade every three to five years. Contact U.S. Hearing Solutions to make an appointment. Our experienced technical team will be happy to talk with you about the recent advancements in the science of hearing, and what a new style of hearing aid can mean for you.