Maintenance Tips

Just follow these simple guidelines to protect your hearing instrument system from everyday wear and tear:

  • Thoroughly clean your hearing instruments daily with a dry cloth.
  • Never immerse your hearing instruments in water. Do not wear them while taking a bath or shower or while swimming. Do not expose them to excessive moisture of any kind.
  • Never apply hair spray while wearing hearing instruments.
  • Do not expose your hearing instruments to excessive heat, such as a stove or open fire.
  • Unless you’re wearing your hearing instruments at the time, do not expose them to extreme cold (0 degrees or less F)
  • Avoid dropping your hearing instruments on hard surfaces.
  • When not in use, remove the battery and store your hearing instruments in the case provided by your hearing healthcare provider.
  • When putting your hearing instruments away, place them out of reach of pets & childrens.

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Quality Batteries Make A Huge Difference

Imagine this scenario: Mr. Watson arrives at my office with the complaint that there is something wrong with his new hearing instruments. He claims that he is not hearing as well with those high-end digital instruments he purchased six months ago. I ask to examine them and notice that they have been well maintained. When I listen to the hearing instruments, both appear to have lost some of their fidelity. Yet, the microphones and loudspeaker systems are unobstructed and clean. Continue reading “Quality Batteries Make A Huge Difference”

What causes dizziness?

The vestibular system within the ear is the organ responsible for balance in humans. It is located in the inner part of each ear and provides the brain with information regarding movement and position in space. Dizziness is described as a sense of falling or loss of control. Whenever there is a sensation of spinning it is known as vertigo. Dizziness and vertigo can occur due to a disruption of the inner ear mechanism. Damage to the mechanism can also result in visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting. This condition can be very disruptive causing difficulty in walking and increased risk of falls and other accidents. Continue reading “What causes dizziness?”

Realistic Expectations (part 2)

We believe these reminders will help you maximize the benefits you receive from your hearing instruments.

If you wear hearing instruments…

You should expect a period of adjustment. It will take you several weeks to adapt to your new hearing instruments. You will learn to insert and remove the hearing instruments easily and to clean them. Still, your largest hurdle will be adjusting to the new sounds that you’re hearing instruments will give you. These sounds have always been there, but you have not heard Continue reading “Realistic Expectations (part 2)”

Communication Strategies

Communication is a Two-Way Process

If you have normal hearing and would like to improve the quality of your relationships with people who are hearing impaired, it is important to understand some of the problems and frustrations they regularly experience.

Listening can be an exhausting act of concentration for people with hearing loss. Sometimes it means a lot of work, requiring extra attention to everyday sounds and visual information. Environments with background noise are challenging and make communication even more difficult for individuals with hearing loss. Continue reading “Communication Strategies”

Entry & Mid-level Digital Hearing Aids

We realize that not everyone can easily fit high-end hearing aids into their budget. For those of you who are in this category, entry-level and mid-level digital hearing aids are available at significant savings. These instruments have many of the performance features of the more expensive premium instruments and will work significantly better than the analog units that were once the standard of the industry. Continue reading “Entry & Mid-level Digital Hearing Aids”

Digital vs. Analog Technology

There has been a lot of publicity about digital hearing instruments. Digital instruments use a digital signal processor rather than an analog amplifier. The main difference between the two technologies is in the sound quality, in feed-back control, and in the flexibility of adjustment to suit different hearing losses – digital hearing instruments are much more flexible than analogs. Continue reading “Digital vs. Analog Technology”

How Does a Hearing Instrument Work?

Hearing instruments have a microphone which picks up sound, an amplifier which magnifies it and a receiver which delivers the amplified sound into the ear canal. The characteristics of these vary to suit different hearing losses. An audioprosthologist can then adjust the hearing instrument either manually or using a computer to get the optimum result for each individual. As hearing losses are generally very different from person to person, a hearing instrument must be individually selected for each case. Continue reading “How Does a Hearing Instrument Work?”