If you wear hearing aids, you may feel that you have become dependent on them to have a good hearing experience. In fact, it is a good idea to wear your hearing aids at all times, as they allow you to fully engage in the world around you and can help to prevent the cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we see patients with many different types of hearing loss, and we advise on caring for your hearing aid and updating it if your hearing deteriorates further. Occasionally, we are contacted by patients who have lost their hearing aids and are suddenly struggling with deafness. This is a situation that can be stressful and isolating, and we want to help you to avoid it by sharing our top tips.
How To Keep Your Hearing Aid Safe
As hearing loss can worsen over time, people often do not experience the reality of their deafness as they have worn hearing aids since the earlier stages. This means that losing a hearing aid can come as a shock, and we advise the following to prevent this:
- Store your hearing aids properly. Hearing aids most commonly get lost or damaged when they are not been worn, so it is a good idea to use a hearing aid case to keep them safe when you remove them. We also recommend storing them in the same place, for example keeping them on the same shelf every night if you remove them before sleeping. This can prevent interference from animals or small children, and ensures that you always know where to look for them in the morning!
- Take care on holiday. When you are travelling, you are likely to have different routines than at home, and you will also be in unfamiliar places. This can be unsettling when you have to change your hearing aid routine, and make damage or loss more likely. Try to ensure that you have spare batteries and a case to store your device safely, and find contact details in advance for a hearing specialist in the area you are travelling to so that you can obtain help if necessary.
- Talk to your audiologist. It is important to visit your audiologist regularly, to monitor your hearing and to update your hearing aid if your hearing loss has worsened. If you lose or damage your hearing aid, however, it is vital to contact your audiologist straight away so that it can be repaired or replaced. There may be a delay in receiving some devices, such as custom hearing aids, so this should be done as soon as possible to avoid a long period of compromised hearing.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. We provide free hearing tests and our experienced team of audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.