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Tips for Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

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Hearing Aid Summertime Dos and Don'ts

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Tips for Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Keeping your hearing aid clean and free of bacteria could help prevent any faults occurring and also helps protect your ear from infection. In addition to regular routine checkups for your hearing, we also advise that you have your device professionally cleaned every 3-6 months. This will help preserve the excellent working order and efficiency of your device. After all, hearing aids are delicate and advanced pieces of technology that are relied upon each and every day.

Tips for Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing aids were an investment, and to protect their longevity a good daily cleaning routine is needed. When you clean your hearing aids, be sure to focus on the microphone and receivers, checking for any obstructions, signs of damage and that all pieces are correctly connecting. Follow these simple tips for cleaning your hearing aids:

  • Be sure to use the correct cleaning kit for your hearing aids. Avoid solvents, household cleaning agents and alcohol. (We are happy to advise you on the most appropriate products for your device.)
  • Thoroughly clean your hands before touching your hearing aids.
  • As a precaution, place a soft towel under you whilst cleaning your device. This will help avoid damaging your hearing aids if you accidentally drop one.
  • Don’t get your hearing aids wet; use a soft, dry cloth or appropriate disinfectant wipes to clean them.
  • Keep a supply of spare filters and wax guards, and change them as directed.
  • Focus on each part in turn, carefully removing dirt, wax, and lint. Afterwards, make sure that the connections are solid once again.
  • Don’t neglect the batteries and battery compartment.
  • After cleaning is a good time to check the volume and settings and that the battery is inserted correctly, before a final listening check for feedback, broken sound and clarity.

General Tips To Protect Your Hearing Aids

Follow these tips to avoid unnecessary damage to your hearing aid:

  • Remove your hearing aids whilst blow drying/styling your hair or applying hair products, perfumes, make-up and sunscreen.
  • Keep your hearing aid dry and keep it away from extreme temperatures.
  • Store your device in a dry box or dehumidifier when it is not in use, i.e overnight or when showering etc. This will remove bacteria and keep it safe and dry.
  • Keep your hearing aids away from children and pets.
  • Follow the instructions that came with your hearing aids.

If it’s been a while since you last had your hearing aids professionally cleaned, why not book an appointment today? Call Come Hear Greenville today on (864) 546-5708 to book in your next assessment. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.

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Hearing Aid Summertime Dos and Don’ts

The summertime brings warmer weather, longer days and more opportunities to get outside and be active. Whilst this is great for your health and well-being, you need to be aware of the potential seasonal risks that pose a threat to your hearing aid.

Dos and Don’ts

We want you to have the confidence to join in and reap the benefits of both the sunshine and your hearing aids without the worry of being left with a costly repair bill or needing a replacement device. So let’s look at the do’s and don’ts of hearing aid use this summertime.

Do…

  • Think ahead about what you will be doing and what the conditions are likely to be. Remember dust, humidity, sweat, intense heat and water can all damage your hearing aid. Prepare as much as possible for the circumstances.
  • Consider whether it is safer to store your device in a dry box or whether to use some protection such as a sweatband or shealth for your device such as Ear Gear to protect it from sweat etc.
  • Consider a product such as the Oto Clip if you are going to be active. This will prevent your device from falling from your person thereby removing the risk of damage or loss.
  • Store your device away whilst applying any lotions or sprays such as insect repellent, sunscreen, hairspray etc. The chemicals within these products can cause damage to your hearing aid.
  • Store your hearing aid in a dehumidifying box overnight.
  • Gently dry and clean your device regularly a small cleaning kit and some disinfectant wipes will aid in removing bacteria, dust and dirt from small working parts.

Don’t…

  • Wear your hearing aid whilst swimming, showering or when on board a boat etc. Whilst many hearing aids have some protection from water damage (check the IP rating) they are not fully waterproof.
  • Leave your hearing aid out in direct sunlight or heat. Instead store it safely away in a cool and dry place.
  • Forget to keep spare batteries on you.
  • Neglect to have a regular hearing check.

A better hearing experience starts with Come Hear Hearing Center

You can find more detailed hearing aid maintenance advice as well as music festival advice and much more in our blog section. If you would like to discuss anything about your lifestyle or your hearing aids, please call us on (864) 546-5708 or click here to book an appointment.

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5 Activities to Improve your Hearing

Did you know that your brain plays a vital role in hearing? It processes and interprets auditory information received from the ears. An untreated hearing loss therefore impacts  brain functions, and this is why Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is of great importance.

Below, we look at 5 activities to improve your hearing that will also help your brain:

  1. Exercise

Finding a daily exercise that you enjoy (swimming, walking, yoga etc) and that raises your pulse a little is great for many reasons. Specifically here because it boosts blood circulation to the ears and brain. This helps remove toxins, improves nerve function and supplies plenty of oxygenated blood. This study showed that just 2 hours of exercise each week could be enough to lower the risk of hearing loss.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is renowned for its stress reducing benefits. Poses such as tree, lotus, cobra, camel and triangle often help to alleviate symptoms of both hearing loss and tinnitus by increasing blood flow to the ears and brain. Research results confirm that a regular and consistent yoga practice may help to improve tinnitus and hearing loss symptoms.

(Seek advice from a physician before starting any new exercise regime)

  1. Meditation

Yoga can be a good gateway into meditation, but if you can do try to incorporate 5 minutes each day into being quiet and still. Meditation can have a detoxing effect for both body and mind, reducing stress and blood pressure and balancing hormones and blood flow. Be patient, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing deepening whilst listening to how many sounds you can hear and how far away they seem.

  1. Locating Sound

Think of your brain in the same way as you do your body, it’s essential to keep it fit. Try these simple activities.

  • Create background noise via the television or music, then ask someone to hide a device with a repetitive recognizable sound. Move around and listen until you find it.
  • With the background noise still on, ask your partner to read aloud (or start an audio book) focus on the speech and try to repeat back what you hear.
  • With your eyes closed, ask your partner to move around the room and make a sound at different locations, see if you can tell how far away they are.
  • In a busy environment, sit and close your eyes and focus on all the different sounds, try to isolate them and focus on each one in turn.
  1. Puzzles and Games

Puzzles such as Sudoku, crosswords and word searches are all great brain training activities. Keeping your mind active is known to help prevent cognitive decline and is useful for sound processing capabilities. Games also help to support memory function and stronger neural connections which help when interpreting speech.

These aren’t the only activities that you can do to improve your hearing. There are also many great apps and programs that can be found online. Find what works best for you! Another important part of hearing and brain health given the close connection between the two is staying on top of your regular hearing assessments. Call us today on (864) 546-5708 to book in your next assessment. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.

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How to Recognize Hearing Loss Symptoms

Hearing loss isn’t one-size-fits-all. It affects about 15% of American adults in some capacity. There different types of hearing loss which can be caused by many things, but the overall symptoms can often be similar. Here some of the most common hearing loss symptoms and what you can do to alleviate them.

Changes in Everyday Habits

If you find yourself struggling to understand speech, you might be experiencing hearing loss. Particularly in environments chock full of ambient noise, it is common for people experiencing hearing loss to need to ask others to repeat themselves. Difficulty hearing consonants or having to read lips are other signals that you may want to get your hearing tested.
Maybe you have observed (or been told of) changes to your daily routine. Needing to increase the volume levels on a TV, radio, or telephone are critical indicators of hearing changes. Missing phone calls or doorbells can also be a sign to look out for.

Changes in Social Behavior

Avoiding social situations can be another indicator of hearing loss. You might be trying to avoid any frustration or embarrassment from struggling to hear in loud environments (like restaurants or bars). Perhaps the hum of a bustling social scene triggers discomfort or proves exhausting. While withdrawing may feel more comfortable at first, it can lead to isolation and depression over time.

Changes in Your Health

Certain medications and illnesses can affect hearing. Certain drugs like chemotherapy medications, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers can cause anything from temporary tinnitus to permanent hearing loss. Diseases that cause a high fever, like meningitis, can put you more at risk for damage to the cochlea. If you observe any changes in your health that could correlate with changes to your hearing, consult your doctor.

Noticing any of the potential changes above can help to identify that changes to your hearing are occurring. Keeping a journal or using an app can help in keeping track of health symptoms and observations. Rather than accepting a muted world around you, consider making an appointment to check your hearing health. Contact professional team at Come Hear Hearing Center for more information. Call (864) 546-5708 to arrange your next appointment.

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