If you find yourself experiencing increasing difficulties with hearing, you may find that this problem is extremely disruptive to your professional life, personal relationships and hobbies. However, you may not have a realistic or accurate understanding about hearing aids. Considering the effectiveness of hearing aids in addressing this issue, you will want to ensure you have some frequently shared and believed ideas of dispelled so that you can effectively decide whether a hearing aid is right for you.
Myth: Hearing Aids Are Very Unreliable
Individuals may find that they are being discouraged from pursuing obtaining a hearing aid as a result of assuming that these devices will not be very reliable. In particular, people will often assume that the batteries powering these devices will run out of energy very rapidly. However, battery technology has experienced significant advances, and it can often be possible for the batteries powering these devices to last for multiple days if necessary.
Myth: You Will Have To Constantly Adjust The Hearing Aid
Another belief that people have about hearing aids is that they will have to frequently adjust the volume for these devices. While it is possible to adjust the volume of your hearing aid, this is not something that will need to be done frequently, and it is actually discouraged. During your initial fitting sessions, your doctor will adjust the volume of the hearing aid to match your particular hearing loss needs. If you find that you are periodically feeling a need to increase the volume of your hearing aid, it could indicate that your hearing has suffered further deterioration. Rather than attempting to adjust the volume yourself, you should consider visiting your hearing doctor so that they can conduct an exam.
Myth: Hearing Aids Are Difficult To Clean
Cleaning a hearing aid can be an important step in keeping it working at optimal effectiveness. Due to the importance of keeping the hearing aid clean, you should perform this task after you remove the hearing aid at the end of each day. When cleaning the hearing aid, you can simply use a cotton or microfiber cloth to gently wipe any earwax or other debris off of the device. If there are pieces of wax or dirt that are difficult to remove, you may want to switch to using a lightly moistened cotton swab. Thoroughly wipe the hearing aid dry and place it somewhere that has good ventilation. This will help to prevent prolonged moisture exposure from degrading the device.
Contact a doctor, like Mark Montgomery MD FACS, for more help.