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Subject : Wonder If You Have Ever Thought About??|
posted by kip on Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:48 am
|Things were kind of slow in my neck of the woods, tonight; so I thought I would check out what's going on with this Message Board, just one more time. Not much, it seems. How about a "kick-start", just for old times' sake. |
Hearing aids -- my, what a wonderful help they are, if they work, for a HOH person that has decided to give them a try. A few self-help materials really do help, they really do - and are not expensive. An Otoscope (to check out debris in and around the hearing aid) and a Jodi-Vac (a small vacuum cleaner, made just for hearing aids) - and a small, lint-free cloth (to wipe the moisture off, before putting aid(s) to bed for the night in a container of drying beads. Then, of course, the usual cleaning tools that should come with your new hearing aids.
Right off, I knew I wanted to treat my aids with tender love and care and gain enough knowledge so that I could take care of the daily check and cleaning, myself. With the Otoscope, you will be able to see (at magnifying power) - dust particles that will look
huge, hand creme and hair oils will show up, as well.. Instructions come with the Jodi-Vac (and, 1-800 number if further help is desired). The fitter should be willing to help with cleaning instructions, for "at home" cleaning, also.
Hearing aids are to become a part of your daily life's routine -- yes, that's right -- just like brushing your teeth, combing your hair, etc. Take time to examine each aid to see what they are all about -- ask the fitter, if you have any questions, any questions, at all. In fact, if you act interested, he/she will show more interest, also. Be kind to your ears -- for you are having to put something in or about your ears that God didn't intend for you to do -- but, need to do to be able to hear sounds you have lost.
And, it is so very important to do your homework, before appointments with the fitter. Make notes, as many as it takes, and be prepared to become a partner with the fitter until a perfect fit is obtained. Because some much of hearing loss is "subjective" in nature, it's important to learn to verbalize, with thought, as to the problems being experienced when they occur. With a list of "homework notes", in hand - saves appointment time for, not only the fitter, but for you, as well.
Well, this is enough -- for now. I hope my sharing some of my experiences has been helpful; for no one was there to help me understand really what hearing loss was all about (in layman's terms) at the beginning and through my 8-year + journey before I found success - and, that success only took one week's trial - and still successful going into almost 6th year wearing time - and, still don't have to say, "Huh?", anymore. Nice, really nice! Happy Hearing, --- Until next time, kip
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