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All Ears: Get the Most Out of Your Hearing Aid With These Effortless Hearing Aid Care Tips


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Whether it's from a pre-existing condition, or if over time your hearing just isn't what it used to be, your hearing aid becomes your door to the world around you. With 14.6% of baby boomers today having a hearing problem, you need your listening device to function the best it possibly can. But sometimes, that doesn't happen. Sometimes hearing aids start to fail, causing you nothing but frustration. Here we will talk about the four most common problems hearing aids typically have, as well as how to fix them.

  1. Battery Life:

    Hearing aids are very small pieces of equipment. Therefore, hearing aid batteries can only carry so much power to them. Sadly, there aren't many hearing aid care tricks for this one. The best way to combat this is to carry spares. Spare batteries for hearing aids can be kept in a purse or pocket and easily replaced with a dead one, allowing you to continue to keep using your device.

  2. Moisture:

    Rain, sweat, or even just a cool splash of water to the face, there can be concern that water can cause damage to your hearing aid. Luckily, this is largely not the case. While it's recommended to remove a listening device before taking a shower, getting your hearing aid occasionally wet will not damage it any. If you are still concerned, you can get special coatings to protect your device. For this, hearing aid care is generally minimal.

  3. Wax:

    A build up of ear wax on the device can lower the quality of your hearing aid substantially. Good hearing aid care says you should keep your device clean by wiping the device whenever you remove it, as well as practice good hygiene in your ears. This will allow the build up to stay low and give the maximum amount of use your hearing aid can provide.

  4. Feedback Noises:

    One of the most common problems with hearing aids is high-pitched shrieking noises known as feedback. This generally occurs when something had bumped them. To avoid this, do not turn on your hearing aid until it's fitted snugly in your ear, as the movement of your hand to adjust it can cause noisy feedback. Some hearing aids nowadays also come with an elimination feature, so no feedback noise is picked up.

For a device you rely so heavily on in day-to-day life, you want to make sure you take good care of it. You want to get as much use out of it as you can, so you don't miss anything. We hope you found some of these tips useful when taking care of your device.

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Dr. Hinkle did a very good job explaining his findings. He spent a lot of time explaining the devices and adapting them to my hearing deficiency. I am very satisfied with Dr. Hinkle�s' office services. Nice staff. Very nice medical help. I will remain his patient. Very satisfied.

In the past I advised my sister in law to see Dr. Hinkle. She did and was satisfied. I do not hesitate to recommend Dr. Hinkle's services."

- Dr. Raul Oviedo, M.D., Elkton, VA

I have been very happy their service, cooperation and cheerful attitude. I would highly recommend that a friend go to their office and let Dr. Hinkle and his staff talk them through ALL the steps they should follow. I know they will not be "high pressured" into doing something they don't need. I also would tell them: 'You will like these people.'"

� - Bill Blessing, Harrisonburg, VA

I am now on my second set of hearing aids and very pleased with the hearing aids and the support of Dr. Hinkle and his staff. Hearing aids are an experience but well worth the investment if you have a problem. You would be pleased with the services of Dr. Hinkle and his staff."

- Warren French Jr., Woodstock, VA