Happy “Almost” Thanksgiving from all of us here at Tustin Hearing Center!
Whether you are spending the turkey holiday at home or away, we hope you have a wonderful time.
We want to remind all you hearing aid wearers out there to make an appointment to have your hearing aids serviced before your busy holiday festivities begin. Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and we want to make sure you hear every word, every whisper, and every laugh this Thanksgiving. Call your hearing care professional and schedule an appointment to have your hearing aids cleaned and checked!
If you don’t have time to bring in your hearing aids to be serviced, here are some tips for at home maintenance to ensure that you hear your best around the Thanksgiving table.
Check the battery: This may seem like an obvious step, but you would be surprised how often a hearing aid issue is simply its battery. If you wear two hearing aids and one of them is working while the other is not, remove the battery from the working hearing aid and insert it into the one that is not working. This way you will know that you have put in a good working battery in your hearing aid. If you only have one hearing aid, get a brand new battery and wait 30 seconds to one minute before inserting it. This gives the battery an opportunity to “charge up,” which will help it last longer. If this doesn’t help, it’s likely that the problem is not with the battery. If you still have a hunch that it is, try batteries from a different package. Sometimes an entire package of batteries can be duds. In this case, call your hearing care professional and they’ll be able to exchange them for a new pack.
Check the filter: The filter is a small, usually white, circle that goes in front of the speaker. This helps reduce the chance of wax getting clogged in the speaker and causing an expensive repair. These should be changed as frequently as they need to, depending on how waxy your ears are.
Store in a safe location: Never underestimate the reach of a small child or a pet. Never store your HA in a tissue; they WILL get thrown away.
Use your cleaning tools: Brush off excess wax in the morning. Doing this in the morning is better than at night because the wax will be dry.
Vents: Make sure your vents are clean.
Behind the Ear AND Receiver in the Canal Hearing Aids: Change your domes (the piece that goes in your ear) and your wax guards (the piece underneath the dome) if your hearing aid(s) have these pieces
Custom Hearing Aids: Change your wax guards and make sure your vent is clean and free of wax.
If you’re having any issues or have any questions, please contact us so we can help you!