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                                            Hearing Aid Instructions

  • The hearing aid with the red marker is for your right ear.  The hearing aid with the blue marker is for your left ear. 

       Remember “RR”Red = Right.

                                                                             

 

  • The hearing aids are designed to be worn with the soft ear tip fully inserted into your ear canal, and the body of the hearing aid tucked behind your ear.  Hearing aids can comfortably be worn with eyeglasses and/or sunglasses.  There is no “right” or “wrong” way to insert your hearing aid into your ear, however, most wearers find that it is easiest to place the body of the hearing aid behind their ear first (like putting a pencil behind your ear) and then insert the soft tip into the ear canal.  The soft ear tip ensures a secure fit, proper sound quality, and prevents the “whistle/squealing” sound known which is called feedback.  If your hearing aid sounds too soft or muffled, or is producing feedback, ensure the ear dome is inserted properly.

 

  • An easy way to tell that your hearing aid ear tip is inserted correctly is to look in the mirror at the fit of the curved wire which connects the ear tip to the body of the hearing aid.  The wire is designed to fit flush with the side of your face for a nearly invisible, comfortable fit.  If you notice the wire is sticking out it means the dome of the hearing aid is not fully inserted.  Note – there are many different sizes of ear tips available, so if you feel your ear tips are too tight, hard to insert, or too loose, please let Dr. Mills know so he can try a different size for a more comfortable fit.

                                         

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  •  Some hearing aid wearers may report difficulty inserting the ear tips into their ears due to the amount of bending of their ear canals.  This is not unusual as everyone’s ear canals will have some degree of curvature to them and in no way affects an individual’s hearing or ability to wear hearing aids.  The outer portion of the ear canal is comprised of cartilage, which is a semi-soft, flexible material, and by gently pulling upwards on the external part of the ear, the ear canal will become temporarily straightened, making for easier insertion of the ear tips.

 

In order to straighten the ear canal, reach across the head with your opposite hand, gently pull up on the outer ear, and then gently push the ear tip into your canal using a finger of the hand on the same side of your body as the ear in which you are inserting.

                       

 

It is perfectly natural to feel frustrated, or experience considerable difficulty, the first few times you try to insert your new hearing aids, just as new wearers of contact lenses often claim it is “impossible” to get them in.  It becomes much quicker and easier with practice.  Dr. Mills is always happy to help you learn to master this task.  

 

Volume Adjustment

If your hearing aids have a volume control activated, the button on the right hearing aid will increase the volume of both hearing aids.The button on the left hearing aid will decrease the volume of both hearing aids.

 

  Remember “RR” and “LL”,Right = Raise, Left = Lower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Whenever the hearing aids are powered off, either by opening the battery door, or placing into the charging cradle (for rechargeable hearing aids) the volume will reset to the default setting.

  • Open the battery door each night and place the hearing aids into the included case.  Opening the battery door will turn off the hearing aids and extend battery life.  To turn the hearing aids back on, snap the battery door fully closed.

  • When removing the hearing aids check to see if any cerumen (ear wax) has accumulated on the dome that fits into your ear.  This should be wiped clean each day with a tissue or soft cloth in order to ensure proper performance of the hearing aids.

  • If the hearing aid sounds weak or whistles ensure that the hearing aid has been fully inserted into the ear canal.

  • Be cautious of the hearing aids when removing glasses and clothing

  • Do not wear the hearing aids near very loud noises.  Hearing aids are not a replacement for proper hearing protection.

  • Do not expose the hearing aids to excessive moisture, hairspray, humidity, or steam.

  • Do not wear the hearing aids while bathing, showering, or swimming.

  • Do not leave the hearing aids where they are accessible to dogs, cats, or small children

  • Batteries are toxic if swallowed.  If accidental ingestion occurs, please contact poison control at 1-800-222-1212.