Welcome to SOAADS.org. This site is directory of local audiologists and hearing aid providers so that you can find a professional near you. There are many factors in being fitted for a hearing aid that determine what kind you will use. Also, as you become accustomed to your audio device, your technician you make adjustments to the volume and sound frequencies. This is all do for you, so you only need to come in and let the technician do their work. They will help you achieve the best hearing possible with your device.
This video highlights some of specific methods used in fitting and maintenance.
As the video shows, maintenance is fairly simple and straightforward. To ensure that your device continues to work properly and stay comfortable, you can wash the ear mold with warm soapy water. This should be done in the evening so that it can dry overnight.
A fresh tube that fits into the ear mold will be clear and flexible. After several months of wearing, though, it will start to become stiff and yellow. When this happens you can visit your audiologist or hearing aid provider to receive a fresh tube.
This article by the Mayo Clinic discusses the different types of hearing aids.
Most of the time, your battery will last for 10 to 14 days. This is if you use it for most of the day. If you use it less, your battery will last longer. However, it is recommended that you keep your audio device in your ear most of the day so that you can become accustomed to it. It will feel a lot more comfortable. It is best to wear it throughout the day, and then take it out at night so that is does not bruise your ear, or get lost in your bed.
Audio Device Insertion
When inserting your hearing aid, make certain that the end with the mini-speaker fits comfortably into your ear canal. You may need to pull down a bit on your earlobe to achieve the proper fit. Many devices come marked with red and blue. The red indicates that it goes in your right ear. The blue indicates that it goes in your left ear.
If you hearing aid is not working, one of the first things to try is replacing the battery. The batteries generally last for 1.5 to 2 weeks. But, if the device is accidentally left on overnight then the battery life will be much shorter. Try a new battery first to see if your device starts working.
It is also possible that the ear mold is blocked with wax. If this is the case, try cleaning it out with a paper clip or a similar small tool to remove the wax. Test it out, then and see if it is working normally.
If neither of these help, call the audiologist that provided you with your device and schedule a visit so that that can see what needs to be done. Click below for information on office in your area.