Hearing Aid Fitting & Maintenance
Fitting techniques and technology has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. There are now even software applications that can play a role. When you get your first hearing instrument, they are adjusted and programmed to provide the correct amount of amplification specifically to a person's needs. At Eartique we take a personal interest in ensuring you are provided with a hearing instrument that is adjusted specific to your unique hearing needs.
The initial fitting and the weekly follow up appointments will get you to a position where you no longer have to think about your hearing aids – they are simply part of your day. We work with you during this time, to educate and adjust your new hearing instruments so you get the comfort and sound you deserve.
Follow up care
Hearing loss should be managed over time throughout your life, similar to vision care and dental care. Hearing aids require a period of re-training your hearing. Follow-up visits are always part of your treatment plan. Periodically adjustments may need to be made to optimize performance as characteristics of your loss change over time and to accommodate your preferences in various hearing situations. Your hearing aids should also fit comfortably. If you experience changes in your ability to hear or problems with fit, you should call to set an appointment immediately.
Hearing Aid Batteries
All hearing aids have batteries and they come in several sizes. It is very important that the batteries are inserted into your hearing aid correctly. At Eartique Hearing Aid Solutions, we will ensure that you understand how to best care for your hearing aids and this includes an understanding of what hearing aid batteries you need and how to insert them.
The average life of a hearing aid battery is 3 days – 2 weeks depending upon the sizes and power of the hearing aid. Volume control can also effect the life of your hearing aid batteries.
Hearing aid batteries currently on the market are “Zinc-Air”. A Zinc-Air battery typically lasts longer that the outdated mercury batteries and are much less toxic to recycle. They come with a protective tab at the top which protects the energy inside the battery from being lost in transport and packaging. You must remember to remove this tab before inserting into your hearing aid. It is best to allow battery to sit 3-5 minutes after you remove the sticker and before closing the battery door.
Hearing aid batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place just like other batteries – however because hearing aid batteries operate at full power until they are fully drained, they tend to lose power quite abruptly. It is always a good idea to carry extra or spare hearing aids – just in case!
Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Many manufacturers are offering rechargeable hearing aids. With a rechargeable hearing aid, you do not have to worry about changing batteries. You simply put the hearing aids in a special charger at night and the aids are ready for a full day of wearing when you take them out in the morning. Some of these aids have an option to switch to a regular battery, others have an embedded rechargeable battery that cannot be removed.