Healthy Hearing In The New Year

As we are a couple weeks into 2021 we wanted to see how your are doing on your New Year’s Resolutions. This past year taught everyone what an important role basic communication plays in our lives. That’s why we hope you will continue to do everything you can to stay connected to your community in the new year. That can start with resolving to make sure you and your loved ones are hearing well.

Keeping hearing resolutions is easier than other resolutions!

Many of the most common resolutions are difficult to keep up with. Some people struggle each January to lose weight or quit smoking. Others want to get more exercise or maybe even downsize and live better in 2021.

Tips for better hearing

We have 5 easy tips that will help you make a big impact on your hearing health with minimal effort.

Protect your ears from loud noises: You may not realize what types of noises and sounds can actually cause permanent hearing loss. Many people already know that loud concerts, gunshots, fireworks, airplanes and machinery are loud enough to cause damage; however, there are unlikely culprits.

How loud is too loud? Noise levels over 85 decibels can become dangerous, especially over long periods of time. You can download a smartphone app that will let you know how loud an environment you are in. When you use it, you will realize that power tools, vacuums, lawn mowers or even restaurants can be loud enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss if you are exposed for extended periods of time. Spend a little time looking into options, and you’ll find that there are lots of ways to prevent hearing loss.

Turn down the volume when using media: Another cause of noise-induced hearing loss is listening to media through earphones. Most newer devices give you a warning alert when the level is too high and we encourage you to pay attention to it. This applies to any sound listened to through headphones, including phone calls, music or other entertainment. If you find yourself constantly turning the volume up past 60% in order to hear through your headphones, then consider speaking with a professional hearing care provider.

Exercise: This is a common New Year’s resolution; however, exercising isn’t just for weight loss! Studies have shown that you may be able to exercise your way to better hearing when you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yoga and other fitness programs have been shown to promote healthy hearing.

Eat healthy: Just like exercising, eating right is another popular New Year’s resolution. In fact, research shows that a healthy diet also helps preserve your hearing as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Do what you can to prevent dementia: This year, the Lancet published new research that stated that addressing hearing loss can help lower the risk for developing dementia.

See your hearing professional regularly: If you are concerned that you are experiencing any hearing loss, then resolve to make an appointment to come see us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY.  For more information or to schedule and appointment, CLICK HERE or give us a call at (270) 558-3996.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Relationships

Hearing loss is an intensely personal health issue, which means many people living with hearing loss find it hard to see how their hearing affects others, especially those closest to them. Untreated hearing loss can really hurt your relationships with friends and family, sometimes without you recognizing the impact your hearing loss is having on others.

Communication is the key to understanding how hearing loss can hurt your quality of life and why it is such an important health issue to treat. Communication is a two-way street. In order for a conversation to make sense, both parties have to understand each other and feel they are being understood. Hearing loss affects your listening comprehension and can make communicating with others a frustrating and difficult process for everyone.

Look At Your Communication Network

Take stock of the people you consider to be your closest friends and family. How do you communicate with them? If you mostly talk in person or over the phone, do you feel you can talk about topics that are interesting and important to you? Can you understand them when they talk to you? Have you been honest about your hearing challenges when you talk to them? If so, how do they respond?

These are just a few questions to help you start to understand that while you may be the person living with untreated hearing loss, its effects can damage more than just yourself. Unaddressed hearing issues corrode friendship and partner relationships, and even close family bonds by replacing communication with exasperation.

Understand Isolating Behavior

Social isolation and hearing loss often go hand in hand, with untreated hearing loss guiding our behavior patterns away from social interactions. Since comprehension problems are difficult and uncomfortable, people with hearing loss often report that activities that they once enjoyed now seem difficult and confusing.

Allowing your problems with hearing to alter your behavior often happens slowly over time, especially as untreated hearing loss can progress and worsen. At first it may be turning down a dinner invite because you know the restaurant is too loud to hear in, or not picking up the phone because you can’t keep up with the conversation. Gradually, these choices come to seem like the comfortable ones. You aren’t treating your hearing loss; you are simply trying to avoid having to face it and this hurts yourself as well as those who care about you.

Succumbing to isolation has very real ramifications for your physical and mental health. Social isolation has a severe effect on cognitive health. People who are isolated run a far higher risk of developing dementia and experiencing severe cognitive decline than those with strong social networks. Isolation also takes a toll on mental health. In many cases isolation goes hand in hand with depression and anxiety. In fact, untreated hearing loss elevates the risk of all these conditions: hearing loss left unchecked and unaddressed increases your risk of isolation, depression, anxiety and dementia.

Treat Your Hearing Loss

So far, we’ve been looking at some of the consequences of untreated hearing loss, especially the ways in which hearing loss can hurt you and those around you in unexpected ways. Fortunately, you can proactively address hearing problems before they alter your relationships.

If you’ve noticed changes in the way you hear, your first step is to get your hearing tested. At Audiology Associates of Redding our hearing tests combine a comprehensive analysis of your ability to hear along with personalized care to make sure we find hearing solutions that work for you. A hearing test will precisely identify if hearing loss is present and to what degree.

When you receive a diagnosis of hearing loss, don’t think of it as an issue you can put on the back burner. The earlier you treat hearing loss, the easier it is to adapt to treatment and using treatment devices like hearing aids can minimize other health risks associated with hearing loss as well as further damage to your hearing and cognitive processes. Also, treating hearing loss early helps you maintain your relationships with your partner, your friends and you family by making communication easier and more enjoyable. Remember, treating hearing loss isn’t just about helping yourself, it ensures you can stay close with the people you care about most.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, we are here to help.  Tim Harmon and his staff can test your hearing and help you make the personal decision about the best options for you.  For more information or to schedule and appointment, give us a call at (270) 554-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  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!

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A New Year’s Resolution For Your Hearing

Hearing health might not seem like the most common focus for your new year’s resolutions, but making your hearing a priority can truly be beneficial to your long-term health overall. In fact, hearing is related to your sense of balance, has been linked to cardiovascular health and has a significant effect on cognitive function. Despite the fact that hearing loss is extremely common, many Americans make decisions every day that can cause permanent damage to their hearing. Don’t hurt your long-term hearing health due to lack of awareness. This year, make these five resolutions to protect the longevity of your hearing:

  1. Get your hearing tested

Even though more than 30 million Americans experience some level of hearing loss, fewer than one-third of people with this condition have ever used hearing aids, according to the National Institutes of Health. A common misconception is that hearing loss happens to old people when in fact, the majority (65%) of the people that need hearing aids are younger than age 65! For adults age 69 or younger, according to the NIH only about 16 percent of those with hearing loss in this age group have used hearing aids. One of the reasons for this trend is because many people are hesitant to have their hearing tested or admit they’re having a problem. If you’re above 50 years of age, it is recommended that you have your hearing tested every three years. So, New Year’s Resolution idea number one: Make your hearing health a priority this year by scheduling a hearing screening with Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.

  1. Start wearing hearing protection

If you’ve gotten in the habit of mowing the lawn without wearing proper hearing protection, make a point of using earplugs this year. Noise levels above 85 decibels causes permanent hearing damage, and lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed eaters can all produce noises above this threshold. In fact, gas lawn mowers are listed at emitting approximately 106 decibels, well above a volume that’s safe to be exposed to for a long period of time.

  1. Buy safer headphones

Do you listen to headphones during a noisy morning commute or in other loud environments? If your system for hearing music over background noise has been to just crank up the volume, odds are you’re doing serious damage to your hearing health. Research shows the maximum volume on a pair of Apple stock earbud-style headphones is more than 100 decibels. Be warned! Exposure to such volume will cause damage in 15 minutes or less. To protect your hearing, it’s not only important to turn down the volume when listening to music, but it would be wise to invest in noise-canceling headphones that block outside noise so you won’t absentmindedly max out the volume. Focus on protecting your hearing this year by resolving to purchase headphones that are better for your ears.

  1. Make heart health a priority

Studies have linked heart health to hearing health and indicate good circulation has an overall positive effect on hearing. On the other hand, poor blood flow in the inner ear has been linked to hearing loss. Therefore, not only does taking care of your heart help protect your hearing, but a hearing screening (resolution No. 1) may also be able to pick up on cardiovascular abnormalities. Exercising regularly is a great resolution for anyone to set for the New Year, and it’s a nice bonus that making physical activity a priority can benefit both your cardiovascular and auditory health.

  1. Protect your ears

If you’re an avid athlete, make sure this year that your ears are protected when you go out and get physical. If you participate in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey, wear warm ear muffs or a hat under your helmet to fight off infections and avoid the development of bony lumps and growths in the ear canal from the cold called Surfer’s Ear.

If you are concerned about hearing loss, for yourself or someone important to you, contact Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.

If you want to learn more about how your hearing works, hearing loss and hearing aids or how hearing aids work, we can help. Give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology 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 It’s Important To ALWAYS Wear Your Hearing Aids

If you are like most people in the world, you have probably spent a lot of time at home in the last few months. It seems that “normal life” grounded to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and since then, many of us have been spending more time than usual in our homes. All of the places we regularly go—gyms, stores and shopping centers, restaurants, salons, and even many workplaces—have been closed.

If you are a hearing aid user and have been spending a lot of time at home lately, you may be tempted to not wear your hearing aids as often. This may be especially true if you live by yourself. After all, hearing aids are used for communication, right? So, if you are staying home and have no one you need to communicate with, it might seem unnecessary to use your hearing aids.

The truth, however, is that you should continue wearing your hearing aids, even when you are at home alone. Here are just a few reasons why this is so important:

Hearing aids stimulate your brain.

Even if you are not leaving your house much, or perhaps especially if you are not leaving your house much, you want to continue to stimulate your brain.

In one study that followed 639 adults for almost 12 years, a research team at Johns Hopkins found that untreated mild hearing loss doubled a person’s risk for dementia. Those with untreated severe hearing loss were at even greater risk—they were 5 times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing.

Hearing the incidental sounds that happen in your home every day helps to keep your brain active and processing sound. Even if you are not communicating directly with anyone on a daily basis, wearing your hearing aids will help to activate your brain.

Hearing aids enable you to connect.

Even if you are not seeing people face-to-face much these days, your hearing aids can still help you stay connected. If you have a phone call or video call with a friend or family member, your hearing aids will enable you to better communicate with them.

Many modern hearing aids can also connect to devices like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. This allows you to stay up to date on the latest news and information that you might otherwise miss. Furthermore, if you have Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids, you can use them to directly connect to phone calls, FaceTime calls, video chats.

You might be distanced geographically from your friends and family at this time, but that does not mean you cannot communicate and connect with them!

Hearing aids are essential to your safety.

You are much better able to hear alarms and sirens when you are wearing your hearing aids. This makes it important to your safety—and the safety of others—that you continue wearing your hearing aids at home.

Plus, there are some sounds around your home that you are not sirens or alarms, but they might be important to your safety and the safe functioning of your home. If you are not wearing your hearing aids, you might miss these noises, such as an unusual noise being made by a home appliance or your car.

Wearing your hearing aids is important to your health and safety, even when you are at home. To learn more about the benefits of using hearing aids, we invite you to contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY. We are conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St, Paducah, KY  42001.  Give us a call today at (270) 554-3024 or CLICK HERE to contact us today.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are FAMILY!

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Is Technology Causing Hearing Loss

With more people suffering from hearing loss than ever before, experts are seeking to identify potential causes in our day-to-day life. Many speculate that modern technology is at least partially to blame. Below is an overview of how loud sounds can cause hearing loss and how today’s technology may be contributing.

Correlation Between Noise & Hearing Loss

Inside the inner ear are stereocilia, which are tiny hair cells responsible for converting soundwaves into electrical energy. This energy is then sent to the brain via the auditory nerve to be interpreted as sound. Once these cells are damaged, they do not regenerate, leading to permanent hearing loss.

Any sound over 85 decibels (about the volume of highway traffic) can cause damage. The louder the sound, the more quickly damage can occur. For example, it takes about eight hours of exposure before sounds at 85 dB cause damage, but a sound that is 100 dB (like your headphones at max volume) can harm your hearing in just 15 minutes.

Damage-Causing Technology

The primary culprit for noise-induced hearing loss caused by modern technology is your earbuds/headphones. Earbuds, in particular, are risky for your hearing because they channel sound directly from the speakers into your ear canals with no buffer. Low-budget headphones are slightly less dangerous since they have buffer room, but any low-fidelity headphones that have poor sound quality will cause wearers to crank up the volume to unsafe levels.

Studies show that as many as 65 percent of people who use personal music players with earbuds/headphones consistently play music louder than 85 dB.

In addition to listening to music, earbuds/headphones are often used for watching movies, TV shows and videos across social media platforms. Many of these platforms do not regulate volume output, meaning the next video you watch on your phone may play at ear-splitting levels.

Preserving Your Hearing

Instead of wearing stock earbuds that come with your phone or headphones from the drugstore, consider investing in high-fidelity noise-cancelling headphones. Because they block ambient noises and have better sound quality, you won’t have to turn up the volume as loud to enjoy your favorite media.

It is also a good rule of thumb to follow the 60/60 rule. This means you should listen to your music (or TV show, movie, etc.) on no more than 60 percent of your device’s maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes at a time.

For more information about the dangers today’s technology can pose for your hearing, or to schedule an appointment with Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, 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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How To Decide If You Need A Hearing Test

If you are 18 to 64 years old, the following questions will help you determine if you need to have your hearing tested by a health professional. Answer YES or NO.

  • Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear?
  • Do you feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have difficulty hearing them?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?
  • Do you feel restricted or limited by a hearing problem?
  • Do you have difficulty hearing when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
  • Do you have trouble hearing in the movies or in the theater?
  • Does a hearing problem cause you to argue with family members?
  • Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio at levels that are loud enough for others?
  • Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits your personal life or social life?
  • Do you have trouble hearing family or friends when you are together in a restaurant?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, it is time for you to give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology can test your hearing and help you determine a course of action that is best for YOU to help you hear better.  Purchase Ear Technology is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  You can reach us to schedule an appointment by calling us at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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Enjoying Thanksgiving With Hearing Loss

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. It’s a time to gather with friends and family and reflect on what it is that we’re thankful for. Between the great food and warm atmosphere, it’s not surprising that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us.

If you have hearing loss, you may worry that you won’t be able to participate in the celebrations as much as you used to. Perhaps you fear that you’ll no longer be able to follow the conversation at the table.

To help you enjoy this holiday to the fullest, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for Thanksgiving dinner with hearing loss.

5 Tips For Thanksgiving With Hearing Loss

  1. Choose Your Spot Wisely – Placement around the table matters. A seat with a wall behind you can help to reduce the distraction of background noise. Try to sit somewhere that offers you the best visibility of the guests’ faces. Seating yourself centrally in the table improves the likelihood you’ll be able to engage in the conversation.
  2. Wear Your Hearing Aids – This is one thing you absolutely should not forget this Thanksgiving. Make sure you wear your hearing aids, and bring along a spare set of batteries just in case.
  3. Minimize Background Noise – Try to keep background noise to a minimum. Keep music or other media at a lower volume. If you’re visiting friends or family who traditionally like their music a little louder, don’t be embarrassed to ask them to turn it down.
  4. Give Your Ears A Break – Focusing on conversation at social events can be mentally fatiguing. Give your brain and your ears a break by finding a quiet spot to rest for a few minutes. This will help re-energize you for the next round of social conversation.
  5. Tell Your Friends And Family – You may be tempted to avoid mentioning your hearing loss. However, a gentle reminder for friends and family that you have difficulty hearing can make a world of difference. Politely ask them to speak up a little louder, and don’t be ashamed to ask someone to repeat something.

If you have recently discovered that your hearing isn’t a good as it once was, Tim Harmon at Purchase Ear Technology can help!  To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (270) 554-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  Our office is conveniently located at 2008 Broadway in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  You are family!

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Celebrate The Holiday Virtually With Hearing Loss

Thanksgiving and Christmas may be your favorite holidays — yummy food and the warmth of family coming together — but they can also be a challenging for people with hearing loss. We worry if we will we be able to participate in the overlapping conversations. Or if people will speak with their mouths full making lipreading impossible. We wonder how we will combat the hearing loss exhaustion that comes from concentrating with all our might to hear amid the din of a large dinner. We want to partake in all the joy and togetherness the holiday offers, but we wonder if we will feel left out, isolated from the conversation because of our hearing loss.

This year, because of the pandemic, we you may be adding a new challenge — celebrating virtually. In some ways, a virtual holiday may be easier from a hearing loss perspective. Keep these rules in mind when planning yours.

Use the right technology

Virtual dinners, like virtual business meetings can be structured for improved communication. Be sure to choose the right technology. While Zoom is the most common virtual meeting platform, Google Meet may be a better choice since it provides free ASR captions on all calls. We are still urging Zoom to change their inaccessible ways. To support these efforts, sign my petition Provide Free Captions for People with Hearing Loss on Video Conferencing Platforms.

If others choose the platform and it does not provide captions, use a speech-to-text app Live Transcribe (Android only) or Otter.ai to make your own. Set up your phone close to the computer speakers to provide the best sound information to the captioning device. Caption accuracy can often be improved by using an external microphone — a separate device you plug into your phone — to boost the range at which your phone can pick up sound.

When on the video call, use speaker mode. While Gallery mode will let you see everyone at once, speaker mode will enlarge the image of the person who is speaking, making it easier to use speechreading cues. Consider attaching your hearing aids to the computer sound system via bluetooth to stream the conversation directly into your hearing aids. This will not work well if you are having a hybrid event, with some people in person and others remote. Wearing noise-cancelling headphones or other listening devices can work in a similar way when linked to your computer sound system, with the same drawbacks if you need to hear people in person as well as online.

Keep the group small

Organize the seating in the room for optimal hearing, and place the computer close to your seat for optimal viewing and hearing. For in-person events, you may like to sit in the middle of the table, putting yourself as close as possible to as many speakers as possible. You may ask those who are hardest for you to hear to sit opposite so you have the best chance of using your lipreading skills.

While it is tempting to invite the WHOLE family to a virtual event, large online meetings can become unwieldy without a full-time moderator as people aren’t sure when they should speak and when they should listen. If your group is very large, consider hosting multiple smaller calls instead — one for the appetizer, one for the main meal and one for dessert. This will provide a series of more intimate settings, but will still allow everyone to visit with one another, just not simultaneously.

Follow communication best practices

Best practice communication standards should be a part of every gathering, but they are often overlooked when everyone is in the same room. Virtually more structure is required. Set ground rules up front so people know to speak one at a time or use the chat box to clarify points and ask questions. Set an agenda where each person is given time to share their updates and answer questions from the group. While this may seem formal or stilted at first, it can work if everyone has the right attitude of fun. If mistakes happen, don’t sweat it. Just jump back into the routine when it makes sense.

Practice self-care

The pandemic is already exhausting and the holidays may add to the stress, especially if you are celebrating them far from loved ones. Be kind to yourself and others by caring for your health and wellness. This may mean finding time each day for yoga or meditation. For others it might be taking a warm bath, or enjoying a cup of coffee in much needed silence.

Don’t be afraid to take breaks from the action as needed. Stepping away from the table (or the screen) for a quiet break in another room will let you reset your batteries and boost your energy for another round of socializing.

Set realistic expectations

Set realistic expectations for the event. Having a group conversation at a large table is almost impossible for many people with hearing loss. Adding in the complexity of technology flubs and internet issues can make things even tougher. Focus on what you can achieve by connecting with those near you in the room or one at a time online. Try to approach the event with optimism and joy. Reflect on all that you have to be thankful for at this crazy time for the world. Try to enjoy the special time with family and friends, even if you don’t catch every word they are saying.

For more information, contact us at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah.  Our offices are conveniently located at 2008 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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Hearing Aids – What Style Is Right For Me

Hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes. Behind the ear or in the ear, large or small… beige, black, or blue. What does an audiologist consider when recommending a hearing aid style for your ear?

Your specific type and degree of hearing loss, individual anatomy, and personal needs have everything to do with it.

HEARING LOSS

Does the loss originate from the inner ear (the cochlea)? Is it fluid buildup in the middle ear? A hole in the eardrum? From a structural anomaly of the ear? Is it a combination of some or all of these factors? Is your hearing loss mild? Severe? Low frequency? High frequency? All of the above? The way sound is delivered to your ear affects how much you benefit from the device. Depending on the frequency and volume of sound wave we hope to send into your ear, we may be at risk of squealing feedback or sound waves escaping from the ear that cause you to lose some benefit. If it’s being sent out into the world, it’s not being sent into your auditory system! We treat low frequency loss differently than high frequency loss due to the different acoustic factors at play. The amount of volume of amplified sound also changes what hardware we need in order to address you hearing needs. Bigger hearing aids can typically deliver more power than tiny devices.

ANATOMY

The size and shape of your ear can also affect how the sound is received. Some people have particularly tiny ear canals and some have unusually large canals following surgeries. This can dramatically change how a hearing aid works. From eliminating feedback to delivering the desired volume at each frequency, adjustments are made to ensure optimal hearing help. Think about this: If you yell or sing in a tiny closet vs. a very large auditorium, the effect is very different. We can program a hearing aid based on your hearing test, but if we don’t take into account they type of “room” your ear canal provides, we are missing an important element.

PATIENT NEEDS AND WANTS

After your audiologist determines the ideal style and type of hearing aid for your particular hearing loss and anatomy, there are personal preferences to consider. Are there two styles of hearing aid that are appropriate for you, and do you have a preference for how one looks? Is connecting via Bluetooth important to you? What demands are placed on your hearing throughout the week, and where do you struggle the most? Do you want rechargeable hearing aids or disposable batteries? These considerations may affect what manufacturer or type of hearing aid your audiologist recommends.

At Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, Tim Harmon will work with you to evaluate your hearing loss and anatomy and explore your personal needs and preferences. Tim will use his expertise to guide you toward the hearing aid that will maximize your benefit and comfort as you integrate hearing healthcare into your life full of sound.

To begin the discussion, contact us at Purchase Ear Technology by calling (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE.  Purchase Ear Technology is located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!

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4 Questions To Ask Yourself If Your Hearing Aids Aren’t Working

Why aren’t my hearing aids working?

Often times, the answer to that question is not a complicated one.  Here are the 4 simple questions to ask yourself before calling your hearing care provider.

  1. When is the last time I changed the batteries?

As ridiculous as it may sound, a majority of “dead” hearing aids are just out of battery.  Simply changing the battery can bring the device back to life.

  1. Is there earwax blocking the sound?

If changing the battery doesn’t fix the issue, the problem may be earwax.  The sound produced by hearing aids can become blocked by earwax either in the ear or on the device itself.  Changing the wax trap on the hearing aid or removing the wax from the sound opening with your cleaning tool often fixes the problem.

  1. Have I been using my dryer kit?

Moisture is the enemy of electronics.  Even if you live in a dry climate, your body still produces enough moisture to damage the devices.  If you haven’t been using a dryer kit for your hearing aids, start using one ASAP.

  1. When is the last time I had my hearing checked?

Have you heard a “pop” or “rushing” sound recently?  Or perhaps you’ve noticed that your hearing is gradually getting worse?  If so, your hearing may have changed.  If you find yourself in this situation, give us a call at Purchase Ear Technology in Paducah, KY.

Purchase Ear Technology is located at 2008 Broadway St in Paducah, KY.  You can reach us by phone at (270) 558-3996 or CLICK HERE to contact us.  At Purchase Ear Technology, you are more than a patient.  YOU ARE FAMILY!