ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR HEARING AIDS

The holidays are a time of friends, family, laughter and warmth for many people, but all of this festivity takes preparation and planning. This is no less true when it comes to enjoying the season with hearing aids. Holiday parties can be noisy endeavors with a lot of entertainment and background noise. Now is a great time to learn how to take advantage of all of the benefits hearing aids have to offer!

If you can, visit your audiologist before the holiday parties and get a tune-up for your hearing aids. While you are there, ask your audiology a few questions.

Maintaining hearing aids: make sure the microphones are clean and the software for the noise-reduction components are working correctly. If you’ll be traveling or away from your home for an extended period, it’s also a good idea to have some spare tubing and batteries.

Be aware of your listening environment. Family functions can become loud with background noise, music and conversation. Find out what noise-canceling features your hearing aids have and learn how to use them for optimal function before you go to these events. If you plan to do any skiing or being outside during the winter, ensure you have the proper accessories to protect your hearing aids against moisture and wind, and hold them in place during activities.

When you go to holiday parties, know your hearing aid’s capabilities to block background noise and assist you in conversation. Let your hosts know your limitations with hearing loss so they can help make sure you are seated away from the noisier parts of the house, such as the television or kitchen, to make sure you have the best chance possible to enjoy the conversation without difficulty. When eating at a restaurant, try to avoid peak times by going earlier or dining on a weeknight so the background noise will be at a minimum.

If you go to a holiday performance, check to see if they offer listening devices that can help you isolate the performance sounds and minimize background noise and echoes. Sitting at the front can also help you to hear more clearly. Carrying an extra set of batteries for your hearing aid wherever you go can definitely help as well, just in case.

We hope you have a warm, festive holiday season!

Here at California Hearing Center we are committed to your hearing health. Call us today to set up an appointment for a hearing screening.

PROTECTING YOUR DEVICES AND YOUR HEARING ALL YEAR LONG

If you live in a cold, wet or snowy climate, the winter weather can do a number on all of your devices. This includes hearing devices, so special care should be taken during the colder season to adequately protect your hearing aids and your hearing. Here are a few things to keep in mind as winter approaches.

Earmuffs Are Your Friends

Earmuffs have a bigger use than just keeping your ears warm: there are earmuffs that can also protect your ears from excessive noise that can damage your hearing. The best way to combat hearing damage is prevention, even if you already suffer from hearing loss.

Luckily, prevention is often fairly easy with just a little foresight and planning.

Limiting your exposure to loud noises is key to preventing the majority of hearing damage. Purchasing a pair of noise-reducing earmuffs is a wise investment: they can reduce noise exposure by as much as 30 dB (anything over 80 dB can damage hearing and cause hearing loss). They aren’t only for winter, either: you can use them year round, from noisy football games to mowing the lawn or 4th of July fireworks shows. Noise-reduction earmuffs are affordable; they start at about $10.

Sweat Bands Can Protect Your Devices

If you engage in activities in which you sweat, including sports activities year-round, an inexpensive sweat band can help protect your hearing aids from damaging moisture. Hearing aid sweat bands are specifically designed to protect hearing aids worn outside the ear, and they start at about $20. They are available in many colors and sizes, and are easily washable and easy to wear. They can also serve as a wind screen to prevent wind feedback in your microphone when you are outside.

Your Memory Settings Can Protect Your Hearing

Many hearing aids have memory settings that adjust the volume on your hearing aids if you come in contact with very loud noises. In the winter, snow blowers and snow mobiles can expose you to high levels of noise: louder than 100 dB! Check with your audiologist to see if your hearing aids have memory settings and find out how you can use them to protect your ears against excessive noise year-round by programming them for aggressive noise reduction.

Dry Batteries Last Longer

Humidity, moisture, and changes in temperature can affect the life of your hearing aid batteries. When you turn your hearing aid off at night, take a look at the battery compartment, ensuring it is free of moisture, and wipe it with a soft, dry cloth before storing.

Dehumidify for Longer Life

Like the batteries, the other components of hearing aids are sensitive to temperature changes and moisture. These factors can affect the performance and the lifespan of your hearing aids. A hearing aid dehumidifier is inexpensive and can prolong the life of your hearing devices by removing moisture at night while you are sleeping; some even sanitize them as well! Hearing aid dehumidifiers range from $5 to $100 and can be purchased through your audiologist, online or even in some drug stores.

With just a little bit of planning, your hearing devices and your hearing can be protected from damage in the winter and throughout the year.

Here at California Hearing Center we are committed to your hearing health. Call us today to set up an appointment for a hearing screening.