4 Tips For Winter Hearing Aid Wearers

While cold air itself is not necessarily damaging to hearing aids, the moisture that occurs from snow, and temperature fluctuations that can harm hearing aid tubes and the delicate circuitry around them. When we’re bundled up outdoors in the cold air, and then go inside where temperatures are significantly warmer, the temperature change causes moisture to form. Moisture can negatively affect the microphone, receiver, and earmold tubing in a hearing aid unit, which can cause a change in sound or result in no sound at all.

You can help prevent moisture damage to your hearing aids by following these expert tips:

1. Keep Extra Batteries On Hand
There are two types of hearing aid batteries – rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and zinc-air disposable batteries. Since batteries (especially zinc-air batteries) drain more quickly in the winter months, make sure you always carry a few extra. This will prevent you from ending up with a dead battery and no replacement when you’re out and about.

2. Cover Your Head And Ears With Protective Clothing
When your hearing aids are exposed to cold air, it increases the risk of condensation build-up. It’s very important to keep your head and ears warm and dry before you go outside for any length of time. Moisture-absorbing hats, earmuffs, and scarves will help protect your hearing aids from the cold, as well as the snow, sleet, and precipitation. If you wear behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, there are hearing aid accessories that can help, such as moisture-wicking hearing aid sweatbands.

3. Store Your Hearing Aids Safely Before Outside Activities
Whether you’re an avid skier or simply stuck outside shoveling during heavy snowfall, it’s best to remove your hearing aids and keep them in a warm, dry place before you do anything physically exerting. Perspiration and precipitation can both damage hearing aids, and it is nearly impossible to avoid both of those things when you are exercising outside during the winter. Never place your hearing aids in your car or inside of your pockets, as this will not protect them from the cold temperatures. Instead, opt for a hearing aid storage case to keep them warm and dry.

4. Don’t Forget to Air Out Your Hearing Aids
When you come back inside after being outdoors, take a clean, soft cloth and wipe your hearing aids down until they are free of moisture. Open up the battery compartment to check for condensation, and wipe it away with a cotton swab. You can also use a hearing aid dehumidifier, an air blower, or a puffer to remove any moisture from the ear mold and/or tubing. This will help extend the life of your hearing aids, and make sure they continue to operate at an optimal level.

For all of your hearing needs, contact Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001.  If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 270-558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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Why Purchase Ear Technology Should Be Your Paducah Area Hearing Specialist

Tim Harmon and his staff at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah are the regions leading experts in hearing aids and hearing technology.  We understand the impact that losing your hearing can have on your enjoyment of daily activities as well as relationships. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will work with you or your loved one to find a personalized hearing care solution that will fit your unique lifestyle. We treat each patient uniquely by offering personalized hearing care that includes diagnostic evaluations, education and rehabilitation tools to ensure the right hearing solutions are provided. We offer the best value on advanced hearing aid technology in Paducah, KY and the surrounding region.

But more importantly, we treat you differently than you will find at most hearing specialists.  That’s because at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

Winter Tips For Hearing Aid Wearers

Snow is beautiful to look at, but get it near your hearing aids and there could be trouble! The cold weather brings some potential issues for people with hearing aids. But these tips for wearing hearing aids in winter may help reduce your worries.

Be Prepared

The old scout motto applies to hearing aid wearers this time of year. It’s not so much the cold that is the problem; it’s the changes in temperature when you come into a warm building from the cold outside.

  • Keep spare batteries on hand. Sometimes the winter cold drains your batteries faster than normal. If you have spare batteries you can be assured you won’t be without your hearing aids.
  • Cover your head (and ears). It’s important that your hearing aids stay dry, so wearing a hat, scarf or earmuffs is imperative, especially in the snow, sleet or rain. Moisture one of the leading reasons for hearing aid repairs.
  • Protect your hearing aids. If you’re an avid skier or play other winter sports, it’s vital to safeguard your hearing aids. With these and other energetic winter activities, it’s best to remove your hearing aids and store them in a warm, dry place. That way they are not exposed to excessive moisture due to perspiration and precipitation.

Banish Moisture

The condensation that occurs when you go from cold to warm can cause moisture in your hearing aids, including inside the unit itself, as well as the battery compartment.

  • Wick away perspiration. Wear a hat that helps absorb rather than create moisture (a breathable material) during vigorous outdoor activities. If you have behind-the-ear hearing aids, consider hearing aid sweatbands that absorb moisture and keep out dirt and dust.
  • Let your hearing aids breathe. Once you’re inside, remove your hearing aids and wipe them down. Open the battery compartment and check for condensation. Sometimes a quick wipe around the battery compartment with a cotton swab will absorb moisture.
  • Consider a hearing aid dehumidifier. When you take out your units for the night, open the battery door and allow evaporation. Many people find a hearing aid dehumidifier helpful to remove moisture and extend the life of the hearing aids.

Know The Symptoms Of A Malfunctioning Hearing Aid

Because moisture is the number one reason for hearing aid repairs, these problems can occur with exposure to snow, sleet or rain:

  • Hearing aid is dead or produces no sound. Dry off the hearing aid and replace the battery.
  • Weak sound or intermittent sound. The earmold may have moisture inside. Clean your hearing aids. In behind-the-ear models, check the tubing for moisture.
  • Crackling or static sound. Wipe the units and allow to dry, preferably in a dehumidifier.

If any of these problems persist, give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Whether you want to have a hear test, need repairs or are in the market for hearing aids, Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology is ready to help.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah.  Give us a call today at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us today. At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

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New Year’s Resolutions For Better Hearing

With the new year upon us, you may have considered making a New Year’s resolution. If you are in the 45% of people who make New Year’s resolutions, add these to your list to help ensure good hearing healthcare for the coming year.  If you are part of the other 55%, take these recommendations as good healthcare advice. Here are some suggestions for resolutions for better hearing.

Protect Your Hearing

One in three Americans with hearing loss has noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the sensory cells or hair cells found in the inner ear (cochlea). Loud noise exposure causes damage to those hair cells and ultimately causes them to die. Hair cells do not regenerate once they die. Noise damages the hearing system based on two factors, how loud the noise is and how long you are exposed to it. There are three ways that you can protect your hearing.

  1. Walk Away – The further you get from the noise source, the more the volume will decrease.
  2. Reduce the Volume – Listen to your personal listening device, car stereo, radio, television, or speaker system at lower volumes.
  3. Wear Hearing Protection – The use of hearing protection is the best solution for many occupational and recreational loud noise situations. There are both custom and non-custom hearing protection options available.

Quit Smoking

People who smoke are almost twice as likely to have hearing loss as those people who do not smoke. Additionally, people who do not smoke but live with someone who does are also more likely to develop hearing loss. How does smoking impact the hearing system? The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes restrict blood flow, preventing oxygen from effectively circulating in your inner ear. Poor blood flow can permanently damage the sensory cells in the hearing organ.


Maintaining good overall health is also important in maintaining good hearing health. Exercise is a great way to help decrease your risk of chronic illness and other risk factors for hearing loss. People who are overweight are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and people who have diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. Being overweight makes it more difficult for the heart to circulate blood throughout the body, and that includes the small structures of the inner ear. Having high blood glucose levels may also damage the blood vessels in the inner ear.

Have Your Hearing Tested

A comprehensive hearing evaluation performed by Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah is the first step in identifying hearing loss. Results of a hearing evaluation may help identify the cause of the hearing loss and will also assist in determining appropriate rehabilitation recommendations.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (270) 558-3996.

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

Wet Hearing Aids – Now What?

With the storms of this past week and more in the forecast for this week, some of you may experience wet hearing aids.  Once they are wet, now what?  Here are a few do-it-yourself methods for keeping hearing aids dry:

Step 1:
If your hearing aids get wet, turn them off and remove the batteries. Keeping a wet battery inside your hearing aid can further damage the device. It’s best to be on the safe side and throw out the batteries, as well.

Step 2:
After removing the batteries, you have a few options:

  • If you were in dirty or salty water, like the ocean, rinse your hearing aids first with clean water before drying
  • Leave your hearing aids on dry newspaper and allow them to air-dry inside your house for at least 24 hours (remember not to store in a sunlight area)
  • Take a cup of uncooked rice and place in a plastic baggie or a container with a lid. Place your hearing aids in the rice, seal the baggie/container closed, and leave it overnight. Rice may work as dehumidifiers and soak up the water in your hearing aids.

Damage could result in distorted or weak sound quality, reduced battery life and inconsistent functionality, therefore it’s important to take extra care during the summer months.  If you need additional help, please give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

Plan For A Better Hearing Experience This Christmas

As we move into the month of December, Christmas is on everyone’s mind.  Christmas is a great time for the entire family to come together and enjoy some fun moments. It is categorized by endless chattering and the sound of kitchen utensils clattering; not to mention the ongoing game on TV and sports fans cheering or booing at the players. While all these sounds make the holiday season more entertaining for us, they can be a source of discomfort for people with hearing loss.

A national survey conducted in the United States shows that 50% of all American family gatherings have at least one person with hearing loss. The same survey also reveals that 30% of these families will contain a family member wearing hearing aids. These statistics prove that we need to be more considerate towards our guests or household members who have hearing loss. With just a little bit of advanced planning, we can make the holiday gathering fun, entertaining and pleasurable for them.

Advanced Planning

We love our family members, and a little planning before the party begins is always great. People with hearing loss tend to feel confused and stressed out when there is too much noise in a room. In order to prevent them from being overwhelmed by the noise level that is so typical of family gatherings, we can sort the guests on the basis of expected noise level. Children, for example, are known to be a noisy little bunch. Reserving a playroom for them and setting up a separate table will tone down the noise level a bit.

Similarly, guests who are likely to watch something loud or listen to loud music can be separated from those who would prefer to hold a peaceful conversation among themselves. This way, people with hearing loss can go to a quieter section of the house and have one-to-one conversations easily.

It is also very important to plan the seating arrangement in such a way that your guests with hearing aids are sitting farthest away from areas that are likely to be the noisiest. Remember that hearing aids amplify sound levels. Thus, noise can be pretty discomforting for your guest with hearing aids. Making sure they sit away from the kitchen, a group of loud conversationalists or children, can help your hearing impaired guests have a wonderful time at your house.

The Party Begins

A great host will not only prepare great food, but will also make the experience memorable for everyone attending. It is the responsibility of your hearing impaired guest to let you know about their special needs. That way, you can attend to them better. In addition, you can also make the party more accommodating for those with special needs by keeping the volume on the TV and music low. Try to turn off the music completely when everyone’s eating; people tend to talk louder when the music is on, making it extremely uncomfortable for people with hearing problems.

Finally, try to keep the eating area well-lit so that your guests with hearing loss can see everyone, and use visual cues to be a part of the conversation. In good lighting, they will be able to lip-read and better understand dialogues.

If you or a family member are experiencing hearing loss, we hope you will contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Tim Harmon and his staff are Paducah’s Hearing Experts.  We sit down with our patients and learn about you, your experiences and your needs.  Then, we will help you determine what the best options are to help improve your hearing.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY.  Give us a call today at (270) 558-3996 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Better Hearing At Thanksgiving

Many of us look forward to Thanksgiving gatherings and for the chance to spend time with family and friends.  Most Thanksgiving dinners make for a noisy environment with many different conversations going on at the same time.   There is often sounds of plates being shuffled around, silverware clinging together, a kitchen fan humming in the background, and maybe some children running around the house laughing and playing.

Holiday parties with friends and family can feel overwhelming for loved ones with hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss have reported feeling nervous to speak up in group settings out of fear that they may hear the wrong thing or not respond appropriately. Feeling lonely or isolated during a time of celebration with people you care about can make the holidays much less enjoyable. If you are concerned that you or someone at your Thanksgiving table could be experiencing hearing loss, you may find the tips below helpful for making the most of Thanksgiving this season.


  1. Wear your hearing aids. If you do not have hearing aids, it is recommended that you have a hearing screening by a professional and ask if they could help your hearing loss.
  2. Cut down the background noises like music, kitchen fan, or a TV.
  3. Remind your friends and family of your hearing loss so they know to speak up for you.
  4. Make sure you face people when you are speaking with them.

If you want to hear more this holiday season, there is still time to schedule an appointment at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Tim Harmon and his staff at Purchase Ear Technology will do everything they can to treat you like family.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.


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What Type Of Hearing Loss Do YOU Have?

Most people don’t realize but there are two types of hearing loss.  It’s not an all or nothing type situation.  You may actually have more than one type.

There are two types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss means there’s a problem with your ears, while sensorineural hearing loss means there’s a problem with your brain’s ability to process sound. You can also have mixed hearing loss, which is a combination of both.

Tim Harmon and our hearing loss treatment staff at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY can work with you to help you determine what kind of hearing loss you have and what we can do to alleviate it.  All you have to do is reach out to us.

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway Street in Paducah, KY.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (2700 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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Keep Your Hearing From Getting Worse

If you have hearing loss, you’re not alone. With an estimated 466 million children and adults living with disabling hearing loss, per the World Health Organization, it’s one of the most common chronic physical conditions around the globe.

Though most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed, they can often be successfully managed with today’s innovative technology. And there are empowering ways you can keep your hearing loss from getting worse. Read on for tips to do just that.

Avoid Noisy Environments
Among the most preventable causes of hearing loss, harmful noise levels — especially those reaching 85 decibels or higher — can do a number on your ears. The damage could be temporary or permanent. And it can worsen with greater noise exposure. When possible, avoiding harmful noise levels altogether is the best bet.

Wear Hearing Protection
Of course, avoiding excess noise isn’t always practical — especially if it’s part of your occupation. Whether you’re working around jet engines, calling games amid the whistles and cheers of a packed arena, or operating machinery at a farm, workplaces can be loud. That’s where hearing protection comes in. We recommend custom protection for even more effectiveness and a secure fit.

Address Earwax Buildup
Excess cerumen, or earwax buildup, can also be the culprit in worsening hearing loss. Typically your ears naturally push out excess wax, but sometimes the accumulation can form a blockage. To remove an earwax plug, gently soften it with drops of warmed olive oil, almond oil water, or a commercial solution — as long as you don’t have an eardrum perforation.

Beware of Ototoxicity
Some medications, including certain drugs used to fight cancer, can be ototoxic, or damaging to the inner ear, potentially leading to hearing loss or worsening of existing hearing difficulties. Rather than stopping the medication if prescribed, talk to your doctor or another provider about the risks, potential alternatives, and possible ways to mitigate any threats to your hearing.

Think Total Wellness
It’s easy to think of hearing loss as just an isolated challenge, but it can go hand in hand with other conditions, such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, dementia, and other health problems. Though cause and effect aren’t necessarily conclusive in all cases of hearing loss, staying dedicated to total wellness can potentially go a long way toward helping preserve your current hearing levels.

Today’s exciting, advanced technology plays a big role in successfully managing hearing loss. With the help of a licensed hearing care professional like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah and solutions tailored to your needs, you can discover a whole new world of sound. Using hearing technology also helps you preserve the hearing you have.

So don’t wait. Take steps to preserve your hearing today. If it’s been a while since your last hearing check, or your current hearing devices don’t seem to help as much as they used to, contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah for an evaluation.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us today.

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Find A Hearing Aid That’s Right For You

With today’s technological advances, hearing aid wears have more options than ever before.

Hearing aid styles can range in size from completely-in-the-canal to behind-the-ear. The most widely fitted and sophisticated circuit available today is the digital circuit, which offers more accurate fitting, more control over annoying feedback, directional microphones and automatic adjustment of volume throughout the day. Programmable analog circuits are also available.

The following is a list of styles that are available:

In-The-Ear Styles – Hearing aids worn in the ear are usually custom-fit, based on a cast or impression of the ear. They’re available in different skin tones to camouflage with the outer ear. There are several styles – each is listed below, ranging from smallest to largest.

Invisible-in-The-Canal (IIC) – The smallest custom style, IIC instruments sit invisibly in or past the second bend of the ear canal. IIC devices are specifically designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC) – The smallest custom style, CIC instruments fit deeply and entirely within the ear canal. They fit mild-to-moderate hearing losses and offer high cosmetic appeal, as they’re nearly invisible when worn.

In-the-Canal (ITC) – ITC instruments sit in the lower portion of the outer ear bowl, making them comfortable and easy to use. Because they’re slightly larger than CIC models, they have longer battery life and can host additional features, such as directional microphones for better understanding in noisy environments and controls (like volume controls). They can assist with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

Full Shell or In the Ear (ITE) – Full-shell models sit flush within the outer ear bowl. Their size allows the maximum number of additional controls and features, such as directional microphones, which require space on the outer portion of the instrument. They use a larger battery size than the smaller styles and can fit a larger receiver with enough power for even severe hearing loss. Because of their flexibility, they’re widely recommended for mild-to-severe hearing loss.

Behind-The-Ear Styles – Behind-the-Ear (BTE) models sit behind or on top of the outer ear, with tubing that routes sounds down into the ear that connects to an ear tip or earmold to secure them in the ear canal. BTEs come in colors to blend with hair or skin tones, and even chrome colors, leopard print, and other funky designs to suit personal styles. Different BTE sizes accommodate different features, controls, battery types, and degrees of power (larger instruments generally have more power than smaller ones). While many people choose discreet BTEs that are unnoticeable when worn, others are tempted to show off the cool designs.

Mini Behind-the-Ear (BTE) with Slim Tube and Tip – Mini BTEs are designed to hide behind the outer ear and have ultra-thin tubing to discreetly route sound into the ear. The tubing connects to a soft tip that sits in the ear canal but doesn’t occlude it. The result is a natural, open feeling as airflow and sound enter the ear naturally around the tip, while amplified sound enters through the tip. This is known as “open fitting” and is recommended for mild-to-moderate, high-frequency hearing loss.

Receiver in Canal (RIC) – RIC models are mini BTEs that have the speaker of the instrument incorporated in the ear tip, instead of in the main body of the instrument. RIC instruments fit mild-to-severe hearing losses. This hearing aid style looks similar to the Mini BTE when worn on the ear.

BTE with Earmold – BTEs with earmolds fit a variety of hearing losses, from mild to profound. Their longer shape follows the contour behind the outer ear and can house many features, including a program button and volume control. The earmold color and style, as well as the wearer’s hairstyle, determine exactly how they will look on each person.

When it comes to hearing aids, there are so many options, how are you supposed to know which one is right for you?  The answer is easy.  If you are in the Paducah KY area, come see Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology.  Tim will talk with you about your needs, your lifestyle and help you find the hearing aid that is right for you.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (270) 558-3996 or  CLICK HERE to contact us.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!