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Subject : Taking Care of Your Hearing Aids -- Do you know?|
posted by kip on Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:19 am
|From my own experience, after being successful fitted with AH CIC's and being able to take control of my own hearing aids -- was I able to grow in knowledge of what "taking care of" was all about. I started thinking about "taking care of" and what equipment would help me do that. |
An Otoscope and a special little vacuum cleaner, similar to what my local Audiologist used came to mind. Back to the Internet, again, I went. Found what I was looking for, put in my order (to two different companies); and, a short time later was ready to take control of the "daily caring for" of my CICs.
Please note, "daily caring for" does not mean that regular check-ups with AH's professionals are "put aside". That's important, too. It was when I realized that I could, now, take care of my own hearing aids, daily, without having to make "go back appointments with local fitters -- that, I realized I needed to know what wes important and how to take care of what was important in daily inspection and cleaning of my little CICs.
With the Otoscope, easy to see debres and ear wax, if there was any, in each of my CICs. Then the special little vacuum cleaner (I use the Jodi-vac), made easy removal. I really had no idea what a nice difference it makes in better hearing, if I start out with daily inspections and cleaning before my day starts. And, this is only the first step.
Then, how about batteries?? Are they fresh? Are they beginning on the "down side" drain , or are they "dead"?
Some users seems to want to "save" as long as possible, before putting new batteries in. Early on, again, I went to the Internet and found places to buy and money to be saved, with really good dated expiration dates, with lots of choices of brand names. So, I went about ordering, what I figured to be a year's supply of batteries, so as to never be without - great price savings. Then, when my litle CICs prompted it was time to change batteries -- I was ready. By doing the "battery thing" this way, I realized, early on, what a small (worry?) the batteries are; and, how important a fresh battery is to keep my CICs at full power, always.
Then, next, comes the jar of drying beads, for the night tiime place for the hearing aids. This is an important step, because it provides a place and a time for accumulated moisture to be taken care of in a time that the hearing aids will not be in use.
Then the rest of the "taking care of" goes without saying -- don't drop, don't get wet, don't use various sprays (hair sprays, etc) when wearing; and, always protect ears and HAs from loud noises.
So, looks like just a few, but very important steps, to keep HAs running smoothy permitting better hearing as a "first check" each morning before using.
1. Purchase Otoscope and Jodi-vac (I found, priced, OK.
2. Do a check for debres, then a quick clean, if necessary
3. Check to be sure batteries are up to par.
4. Then, at night time, put HAs in a drying beads jar, over night.
The above should provide better hearing ability between go back appointments with locals (if that is your path of help). Or, if you have taken control of the above, as I have done with CICs by AH, AH is just a toll-free phone call away to ask they what to do next, and then some (smile!).
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