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Can Earwax Cause Hearing Loss?

In short, yes, earwax can cause hearing loss. But it doesn’t occur as commonly as one might think. In fact, very few patients who are seen by hearing healthcare professionals have hearing loss that is literally due to excessive earwax (cerumen impaction).

More likely, the patient has experienced a gradual decline in their hearing over time and the hearing loss has become enough that the patient is starting to have difficulty communicating with others.  It is when communication starts to become effected that people seek help.

What, you might ask, causes cerumen impaction? Anything that affects the normal outward flow of ear wax may cause impaction, such as advanced age, narrow or abnormally shaped ear canals, use of a hearing aid, incorrect use of cotton swabs, or using needles, hair pins, or other objects to clean the ears.

Total earwax blockage is rare.

What is important to know here is that soundwaves only need a tiny opening in the ear canal to reach the eardrum. So, unless the ear canal is plugged tightly with earwax, there shouldn’t be noticeable hearing loss. When cerumen impaction is severe enough to cause hearing loss, there will likely be other signs and symptoms noticed, such as dizziness, ear fullness (a feeling that something is plugging up your ear), itchiness or pain in the ears and/or ringing in the ears. Rarely does cerumen impaction occur without additional signs that “something is wrong.”

Hearing professionals can help remove excessive earwax. 

The good news is that hearing loss caused by cerumen impaction is easily treated. It is within a hearing professional’s scope of practice in most states to perform cerumen removal in the office. If your hearing loss is as simple as having your ears cleaned, GREAT! If not, a visit to Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY is the right place to accurately uncover what might be causing your perception of hearing loss.

If you are experiencing hearing loss, we encourage you to contact us at Purchase Ear Technology.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a customer… You are family.

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How To Help A Loved One With Hearing Loss

We know that, left untreated, hearing loss can negatively affect our quality of life. Studies link untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social isolation, and even dementia. Untreated hearing loss also increases the risk of falling, putting personal safety at risk.

But the person with hearing loss isn’t the only person affected by it. Hearing loss impacts spouses, family members, and friends. Repeating things over and over during conversation can be exhausting and frustrating. It can also be heartbreaking for family and friends to watch a loved one retreat, avoiding social situations they once enjoyed.

Don’t enable their denial

Encouraging a loved one to seek help for hearing loss is the right thing to do, even when it’s hard to know how to help. It’s important to speak with your loved one directly about their hearing loss. Gently remind them every time you need to repeat or rephrase parts of conversations they miss.

Without realizing it, well-intended ways we try to help can delay treatment. Repeating or rephrasing conversations may prevent our loved ones from realizing how much they are missing. Make sure your well-intended efforts aren’t preventing your loved one from realizing how hearing loss is impacting their life.

Schedule a hearing check-up for them

Offer to schedule and attend your loved one’s first appointment with a hearing professional like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  You could also offer to compile helpful information by visiting a few websites about hearing aids and hearing loss. Purchaseear.com is a good place to start.  You can CLICK HERE to find a list of blogs we have posted over the years about hearing loss. Doing so will help your loved one feel at ease and prepared for their appointment.

Bring any questions you have with you to your appointment with your hearing professional. Your hearing professional will discuss the results of your loved ones hearing test, discuss the best treatment, and answer any other questions you may have.

The sooner they seek help, the happier everyone will be

Don’t be surprised if your loved one is hesitant to seek help for their hearing loss. Be gentle and consistent. On average, hearing aid wearers wait 5-7 years to seek treatment. Which means, your loved one is probably aware of their hearing problem, but might need a little push of encouragement and support to treat it.

Remind your loved one that they have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Being patient and supportive will help your loved one get the hearing help you will both benefit from.

Need more information about hearing loss?  Ready to visit a hearing specialist?  Give Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah a call today at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001 or CLICK HERE to contact us today.

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Why Hearing Loss Affects Men And Women Differently

Hearing loss can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background. That being said, certain groups of people are more likely to develop hearing loss on average.

Men in particular are at a greater risk of developing hearing loss than women, a phenomenon that has intrigued audiologists for years. In fact, a study by Johns Hopkins University found the risk of hearing loss for men is five times greater than it is for women. Age and race both play a factor in this data, as the gap between men and women usually begins around age thirty, with white men displaying the highest prevalence of hearing loss.

Occupational hearing loss in men

Contrary to what you may think, this disparity is not the result of a difference in biology. If you consider the types of jobs that are typically performed by men, many of them involve regular exposure to extreme noise from their equipment and environment.

While the law requires that workers be provided ear protection in conditions where unsafe volumes are present, a large number of men still neglect to take care of their hearing on the job. If you feel like your workplace is posing a threat to your hearing or are concerned that your hearing loss is not being accommodated, please discuss your condition at work.

Behavioral risk factors

Since men and women are both born with the same level of hearing, audiologists have concluded that behavioral factors play a huge role in establishing the hearing loss gap. Smoking and certain health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease are known to cause hearing loss. These issues are more common in men, confirming the findings in many studies. In another study by the American Journal of Medicine, regular use of NSAIDs and other pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen can lead to early hearing loss in men under 60.

Addressing the stigma of hearing loss in men

Despite these risk factors, men are still more likely to avoid being fitted with a hearing aid than women. This could be the result of a stigma against hearing aid use or a fear that wearing a medical instrument will be seen as a sign of weakness. These fears couldn’t be further from the truth, as there is no more shame in correcting hearing loss with hearing aids than correcting a vision problem with eyeglasses. In addition, addressing hearing loss early is known to help prevent the early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while also protecting from falls and feelings of depression or anxiety.

Many people don’t realize that there are different types of hearing loss. Some affect the ear’s ability to hear higher frequencies, while others muffle or silence lower ones. Male hearing loss typically robs the ear of high-frequency hearing first, while the opposite is true for women. The result? Men have a hard time understanding consonant sounds that contain higher pitches, and women struggle to understand the deep, rounder sounds of vowels. With these hidden factors at play, it’s no wonder so many couples have trouble communicating!

Get help today

Hearing loss in men doesn’t have to be an epidemic. Consulting a hearing care professional at the first sign of hearing loss is the most effective way to treat your condition and prevent it from worsening. If you are worried about your hearing or think you may be experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 906-3055, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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How To Find A Hearing Aid That’s Right For You

Perhaps you’ve thought about getting a hearing aid, but you’re worried about how it will look or whether it will really help. It may help ease your concerns to know more about:

Hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds, helping you hear sounds that you’ve had trouble hearing.

How hearing aids work

Hearing aids use the same basic parts to carry sounds from the environment into your ear and make them louder. Most hearing aids are digital, and all are powered with a hearing aid battery.

Small microphones collect sounds from the environment. A computer chip with an amplifier converts the incoming sound into digital code. It analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers.

Hearing aid styles

Hearing aids vary a great deal in price, size, special features and the way they’re placed in your ear.

The following are common hearing aid styles, beginning with the smallest, least visible in the ear. Hearing aid designers keep making smaller hearing aids to meet the demand for a hearing aid that is not very noticeable. But the smaller aids may not have the power to give you the improved hearing you may expect.

Completely in the canal (CIC) or mini CIC

  • A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid is molded to fit inside your ear canal. It improves mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

A completely-in-the-canal hearing aid:

 

  • Is the smallest and least visible type
  • Is less likely to pick up wind noise
  • Uses very small batteries, which have shorter life and can be difficult to handle
  • Doesn’t contain extra features, such as volume control or a directional microphone
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker

In the canal

  • An in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is custom molded and fits partly in the ear canal. This style can improve mild to moderate hearing loss in adults.

An in-the-canal hearing aid:

  • Is less visible in the ear than larger styles
  • Includes features that won’t fit on completely-in-the-canal aids, but may be difficult to adjust due to its small size
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker

In the ear

An in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is custom made in two styles — one that fills most of the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear (full shell) and one that fills only the lower part (half shell). Both are helpful for people with mild to severe hearing loss.

  • Includes features that don’t fit on smaller style hearing aids, such as a volume control
  • May be easier to handle
  • Uses a larger battery for longer battery life
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker
  • May pick up more wind noise than smaller devices
  • Is more visible in the ear than smaller devices

Behind the ear

A behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid hooks over the top of your ear and rests behind the ear. A tube connects the hearing aid to a custom earpiece called an earmold that fits in your ear canal. This type is appropriate for people of all ages and those with almost any type of hearing loss.

  • Traditionally has been the largest type of hearing aid, though some newer mini designs are streamlined and barely visible
  • Is capable of more amplification than are other styles
  • May pick up more wind noise than other styles
  • Receiver in canal or receiver in the ear

The receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) styles are similar to a behind-the-ear hearing aid with the speaker or receiver in the canal or in the ear. A tiny wire, rather than tubing, connects the pieces.

A receiver-in-canal hearing aid:

  • Has a less visible behind-the-ear portion
  • Is susceptible to earwax clogging the speaker

Open fit

An open-fit hearing aid is a variation of the behind-the-ear hearing aid with a thin tube. This style keeps the ear canal very open, allowing for low-frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally and for high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid. This makes the style a good choice for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

  • Is less visible
  • Doesn’t plug the ear like the small in-the-canal hearing aids do, making your own voice sound better to you
  • May be more difficult to handle and adjust due to small parts

Additional features

Some hearing aid optional features improve your ability to hear in specific situations:

 

Noise reduction. All hearing aids have some amount of noise reduction available. The amount of noise reduction varies.

Directional microphones. These are aligned on the hearing aid to provide for improved pick up of sounds coming from in front of you with some reduction of sounds coming from behind or beside you. Some hearing aids are capable of focusing in one direction. Directional microphones can improve your ability to hear when you’re in an environment with a lot of background noise.

Rechargeable batteries. Some hearing aids have rechargeable batteries. This can make maintenance easier for you by eliminating the need to regularly change the battery.

Telecoils. Telecoils make it easier to hear when talking on a telecoil-compatible telephone. The telecoil eliminates the sounds from your environment and only picks up the sounds from the telephone. Telecoils also pick up signals from public induction loop systems that can be found in some churches or theaters, allowing you to hear the speaker, play or movie better.

Wireless connectivity. Increasingly, hearing aids can wirelessly interface with certain Bluetooth-compatible devices, such as cellphones, music players and televisions. You may need to use an intermediary device to pick up the phone or other signal and send it to the hearing aid.

Remote controls. Some hearing aids come with a remote control, so you can adjust features without touching the hearing aid.

Direct audio input. This feature allows you to plug in to audio from a television, a computer or a music device with a cord.

Variable programming. Some hearing aids can store several preprogrammed settings for various listening needs and environments.

Environmental noise control. Some hearing aids offer noise cancellation, which helps block out background noise. Some also offer wind noise reduction.

Synchronization. For an individual with two hearing aids, the aids can be programmed to function together so that adjustments made to a hearing aid on one ear (volume control or program changes) will also be made on the other aid, allowing for simpler control.

Before you buy

When looking for a hearing aid, explore your options to understand what type of hearing aid will work best for you. Also:

Get a checkup. See your doctor to rule out correctable causes of hearing loss, such as earwax or an infection. And have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

At Purchase Ear Technology, we will assess your hearing and help you choose the most appropriate hearing aid and adjust the device to meet your needs. You may get best results with two hearing aids.

After you buy

Allow time to get used to the hearing aid. It takes time to get used to your new hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you’ll adjust to amplified sounds.

Practice using the hearing aid in different environments. Your amplified hearing will sound different in different places.

Seek support and try to stay positive. A willingness to practice and the support of family and friends help determine your success with your new hearing aid. You may also consider joining a support group for people with hearing loss or new to hearing aids.

Go back for a follow-up. Purchase Ear Technology will make adjustments and to ensure your new hearing aid is working for you as well as it can.

Your success with hearing aids will be helped by wearing them regularly and taking good care of them.

Ready to find out if hearing aids are right for you?  Contact us at Purchase Ear Technology by calling (270) 558-3996, visit our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us!

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How To Know If You Should Have Your Hearing Tested

Do you ever feel like people around you are mumbling or speaking too quickly? Are you having to ask others to repeat themselves frequently or struggling to follow a conversation when there is background noise? If so, these could be indicators that you have a hearing loss.

Often, our friends and family members may notice we have hearing loss before we do. We may even use them as a crutch to help fill in the blanks when we are missing parts of a conversation. Or perhaps they recognize you are having a hard time on the telephone or the volume of the TV continues to go up. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s time to get your hearing checked.

The best way to find out if you have a hearing loss is to get a simple hearing evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional like Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah. Tim will be able to determine not only if you have a hearing loss, but what type and how severe the loss may be. Even if no loss is detected, it’s still a great idea to have a baseline audiogram to compare to any future tests.

To get started, you may want to ask yourself a few simple questions:

Do you often have trouble following conversations in groups?

Are you having difficulty on the phone?

Do you think others are mumbling?

Do you say “I can hear, but I can’t understand”

Are you avoiding noisy events or restaurants?

Have you noticed the volume of the TV or radio needs to be turned up?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know it’s time to get a hearing evaluation.

Remember, hearing health is important and you don’t have to struggle. It’s important to get regular hearing evaluations, even if it’s just to get a baseline.

Don’t wait! Early detection is the key to your success.  Give Purchase Ear Technology a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY  42001 or CLICK HERE to contact us for more information.  At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, we treat you like family!

 

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You Have New Hearing Aids – Now What?

Congratulations on your first set of hearing aids! A wonderful new world of sound awaits you! Keep in mind that new hearing aids may require a short transition or adjustment period. A little effort on your part and a positive attitude will go a long way.

Success with hearing aids relies heavily on personal motivation. Learn about the care and maintenance your hearing aids require so you feel comfortable handling and wearing them daily. Getting into a new routine of wearing your hearing aids may take a little time. Be patient as you adjust to how your hearing aids sound and how they feel.

Hearing involves more than just our ears

Our brains interpret the sounds we hear. Prior to your hearing aid fitting, you were not hearing optimally. It’s likely been awhile since you heard sounds at a normal hearing level. When your hearing aids correct your hearing loss, sounds might seem unnatural at first since you aren’t used to hearing them. Be patient as you learn to adjust to hearing sounds the way you should. Your brain may need a little time to get reacquainted with the parts of speech you’ve been missing.

Practice makes perfect

Talk with your hearing professional about activities and exercises aimed at improving your hearing. You can find several fun, interactive online games that have been clinically developed and designed to speed up the acclimation process and enhance your experience wearing your new hearing aids. With a little practice and extra training, you can improve auditory memory, attention and recognition of speech in noise.

If it takes a little while to get used to wearing your first set of hearing aids, be patient with yourself and set realistic expectations. Your new hearing aids will soon make listening easier and more enjoyable, and you’ll begin to appreciate all the benefits that wearing hearing aids brings.

If you are thinking about hearing aids, we hope that you will contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Tim Harmon and our experienced staff at here to help.  You may reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or you may CLICK HERE to contact us.

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5 Myths About Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Have you ever felt hard of hearing after a night at a concert? Do you have hearing loss after years of working in a noisy environment? Did a sudden loud noise make you lose your ability to hear out of one or two ears? If so, you may have Noise-induced hearing loss.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities.

While the root cause of this type of hearing loss may seem simple, there are many misconceptions about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. It’s time to set the record straight.

MYTH #1 – Noise-induced hearing loss is immediately noticeable.

While many people may experience temporary hearing loss after a loud party or concert, a damaged ear may not be immediately noticeable. Often, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the result of years of exposure to loud noise, and isn’t noticed until a family member points out common signs of hearing loss.

MYTH #2 – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss isn’t permanent.

While Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is often is one of few types of hearing loss that CAN go away over time, it is often permanent. Start by resting your ears and giving yourself about 16 hours to recover. If you still experiencing issues, consider downloading a consumer guide to hearing your best.

MYTH #3 – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss only occurs if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis.

One single exposure to explosions, gun shots, loud concerts and other sudden loud noises can all cause noise-induced hearing loss. It is important to wear hearing protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud noise, even if it is just for a short amount of time.

MYTH #4- Only loud music can cause hearing loss.

Your profession may be just as risky as your hobbies when it comes to causing hearing loss. Industrial noise is a leading cause of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.  A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control showed that miners are the most likely people to have this type of hearing loss, due to acoustic trauma from daily noise exposure underground.

MYTH #5 – Noise-induced hearing loss is not preventable.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the only type of hearing loss that is preventable. Make sure to wear proper ear protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud sounds, even if it is for only a short amount of time.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, our goal is to help you have the best hearing possible.  Prevention is always the best way to keep your hearing.   When that is no longer an option, Purchase Ear Technology is here to help.  If we can be of assistance to you, give us a call at (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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Get To Know Tim Harmon of Purchase Ear Technology In Paducah

Born and raised in Western Kentucky, Tim Harmon (BS, HIS) began fitting hearing instruments in 1983. In 1986, at the age of 24, Tim was the youngest person ever to be awarded a franchise by the industry’s leader at that time. Over the years, Tim has been awarded numerous times for outstanding hearing healthcare service — including the coveted “Platinum” award for achieving 100% in patient satisfaction, and superior performance in digital instrument programming. For the last 8 years, Tim worked side by side with the regions largest group of Ear Nose and Throat Medical Doctors/Specialists as their primary dispenser of hearing instruments.

Tim is a member of Faith Center Church of Paducah where he serves in a leadership role. He is happily married to his wife, Tanya, who is a Murray State and Vanderbilt graduate, and who has also been serving the medical community for more than 15 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Tim and Tanya are both busy and active in raising their two sons Will and Jude.

Tim has been known for years to reach the highest standards in quality patient care.  Known for his “personal touch” with each patient, giving each patient visit a professional feel, but with a down home touch. In Tim’s words,”…Yes they are patients, but more than that…they are family!”

Tim currently serves hearing clients from across Western Kentucky from Purchase Ear Technology offices centrally located in Paducah, KY.  Please feel free to contact our office for hearing aid services in Paducah, across Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and Southeastern Missouri.  You can reach us by calling (270) 558-3996, stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.

 

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10 Tips For New Hearing Aid Users

When using a hearing aid for the first time, the experience can be a bit confusing, especially if your hearing loss came about gradually over several years. There are sounds you probably haven’t heard (or heard clearly) in quite some time, and your brain needs to readjust to interpreting those sounds. Here are 10 adjustment tips for first time hearing aid users.

  1. Give yourself time.

Many people say to not compare your hearing aids to your glasses, and for the most part, they’re right. You immediately see sharper images when you put on a new pair of eyeglasses, but hearing aids take some time to get accustomed to. Don’t expect your brain to remember how to hear, identify, and interpret every sound instantly. Hearing aids may even feel a bit odd at first on your ears, don’t be alarmed if you need to wear them for a few days, or even weeks, before they become comfortable.

When you first put on your hearing aids, sit in a quiet spot at home. This will allow you to get used to the new sound quality in your living space. There will probably be a number of noises that may seem unusually loud at first–such as the hum of the air conditioning, the clock ticking, or the beeping of your microwave oven–but this because you haven’t heard these sounds properly in some time. This is completely normal. Your brain is just getting reacquainted with these sounds.

  1. Start small.

Re-acquiring your hearing skills takes practice. When you’re using a hearing aid for the first time, start by wearing them for only a few hours at a time. If it gets to the point where you feel exhausted or overwhelmed you can remove them, but try to wear them a little longer every day. The longer you wear them, the better you’ll get at identifying sounds, interpreting voices, and focusing on what you’re hearing.

  1. Read aloud.

Prior to getting hearing aids, you may have been told to “stop shouting” from time to time. It’s natural to begin talking loudly when you experience hearing loss, but now you can properly regulate your own volume. A good way to get in the habit of this is by reading to yourself while wearing your hearing aids. It not only helps you determine the appropriate volume for speech, but it also will help you get better at recognizing the sounds of words and speech again.

  1. Pair reading and listening as often as possible.

Whenever you are reading a book, read along with the matching audio book. When enjoying television, watch with closed captioning. Reading along while you listen will help your brain further get reacquainted with associating sounds, words, and speech. Little things like this can make the hearing aid adjustment process a bit faster.

  1. Enlist the help of family and friends.

Loved ones can be really helpful during the hearing aid adjustment process. First, these visits can give you an opportunity to practice speaking comfortable in a group. This will help your brain relearn the associations between sounds, words, and nonverbal body language.

Try to practice with people you know well, since these familiar voices are the easiest for your brain to identify and interpret. Your loved ones also can help you adjust by setting the television at a comfortable volume to their ears, giving you the chance to listen and adjust to these new volumes. You shouldn’t be turning the volume on your television higher than a person without hearing loss would, or you could further damage your hearing.

  1. Keep a hearing journal.

Keep track of and write down any noises that you hear that bother or irritate you. If your clock’s ticking seems too loud and starts to annoy you after a couple days, make a note of it. If you still struggle to hear conversations in a crowded restaurant, write it down. By keeping track of your hearing struggles, you can later discuss these issues with a hearing aid specialist.

  1. Keep realistic goals.

Think about phone conversations. Even with the best phones, there is still that subtle difference to the sound as a voice is transmitted over a phone line or via cellular signal. The same goes for the sounds you hear with your hearing aids.  You’re going to experience those sounds a little different through hearing aids than you remember experiencing them before hearing loss. That’s okay! Celebrate the improvements to your hearing, even if it’s not exactly the same as before.

  1. Don’t adjust the volume too much.

Hearing aid technology has advanced. Quality hearing aids adjust to different listening environments, so you shouldn’t need to manually adjust your hearing aids much. When wearing hearing aids for the first time, it may be tempting to turn down the volume when you are going into a loud restaurant or turn it up when walking into a library.

You also may want to try to hear faint sounds from far away or hear in a way that normal ears can’t. By doing this, though, you are not only interfering with the hearing aid adjustment process, but you are also running the risk of further damaging your hearing.

  1. Take advantage of telecoil technology.

Hearing aids now have the ability to wirelessly connect with other electronic devices with what is called “telecoil technology” or “telecoil mode.” Hearing aids with this capability can be linked to cell phones, computers, microphones, audio systems, and other compatible electronics so that the sounds being emitted (like the voices on a cell phone) can be sent directly to your hearing aid, further improving the clarity with which you hear these devices.

  1. Be patient.

When it comes to offering helpful tips for first time hearing aid users, we cannot stress this enough: the new hearing aid adjustment process takes time. You need to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids. And with time, you should grow accustomed to hearing again.

If you are considering hearing aids, we hope you will give Purchase Ear Technology a call at (270) 558-3996 or stop by our office located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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10 Tips To Make Hearing Aid Batteries Last Longer

Hearing aids are getting more and more advanced. With all the extra processing power and new features in today’s hearing aids, you can typically get 3-10 days off a single battery. Why is the life of a hearing aid battery so unpredictable, where one battery may last a week, and another just two or three days? Much depends on your amount of hearing aid use, streaming, and how you care for your hearing aids.

Still, there are steps you can take to maximize the life of your batteries and optimize the performance of your hearing aids.

Here are 10 tips to get the most out of your hearing aid battery:

  1. Let the battery “breathe” for 3-5 minutes. After removing the tab from the battery, let the battery sit for 3-5 minutes before installing it in your hearing aid. This “activation” time allows air to reach the materials inside the battery and activate them.
  2. Wash your hands throughly before changing batteries. Grease and dirt on the batteries may damage the hearing aid. Also, grease and dirt can clog up the air pores in the battery.
  3. Open the battery door at night. When you’re not wearing your hearing aid, turn it off or open the battery door to minimize battery drain. Leave the battery compartment of your hearing device open at night so moisture can escape. Doing so will keep the battery from corroding and damaging the hearing aid.
  4. Use a hearing aid dehumidifier. A hearing aid dehumidifier will help absorb moisture out of your hearing aid and battery. This will allow the battery power to be used more efficiently. The dehumidifier is also a great place to store your hearing aids.
  5. Remove the batteries entirely if you won’t be using the device for an extended period of time. This also helps to avoid corrosion and damage from trapped moisture.
  6. Check the expiration date on the batteries. The further out the batteries are, the fresher they are. Over time, batteries will drain slightly while sitting on the shelf. Ideally, you should buy batteries that have an expiration date a year or further from your purchase date.
  7. Use the oldest pack of batteries first. The newest packs will have the furthest expiration date than your older packs of batteries. You want to ensure that you use the oldest batteries first, so that you are getting the most life out of them.
  8. Keep the stickers on the battery. The sticker tab on the battery keeps the battery “fresh.” As soon as the sticker is removed, the battery is activated and starts draining. You want to make sure you don’t peel the sticker tab off until you need to use that battery.
  9. Keep the batteries in a cool dry place. Storing new, unused batteries in extreme temperatures can cause the battery to drain/have a shorter life.
  10. Invest in a rechargeable battery hearing device. Rechargeable hearing aids and batteries are starting to come out into the market. Rechargeable batteries allow you to charge the battery at night and get a full day’s worth of use. Rechargeable batteries need to be replaced on a yearly basis. If you’re interested in the new technology, give Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

For hearing aid batteries or for any other hearing aid needs, we hope you will contact us at Purchase Ear Technology.  You can reach us by phone by calling (270) 558-3996, visit our office located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY or CLICK HERE to contact us.