Here are some tips and thoughts ALOHA member Karl Hallsten has about living with hearing aids. Believe it or not, there is a has a humorous side.
Dogs love hearing aids — a few crunches of canine molars will substantially rearrange the parts.
Cats may not be able to tell the difference between a hearing aid and ball of yarn.
Always carry spare batteries; some don't last as long as others, even if they are from the same package.
Use a Dry and Store hearing aid dehumidifier cabinet at night. Ears get moist and one of these will protect your investment by drying out the moisture in your hearing aids, thus prolonging their life and functionality.
If you find a hearing aid, bring it to any audiologist's office. They can trace the owner through the serial number, just like a vehicle.
Brag about your new hearing aids like you would about a new car.
If you have a cross-over model both ear pieces are part of one hearing aid, and both parts must be sent in for repair if necessary.
It is not a good idea to stand over anything with water in it, like a commode or swimming pool while changing batteries!
Let's keep this list going! What tips do you have to share?
A True Hearing Aid Story
by Lou Touchette
One story I like to share is about what happened in church one Sunday. I had taken my hearing aids in to be cleaned and was temporarily using an older in-the-ear set I still had in a drawer.
Because I rely on lip reading, I always sit in the front pew in church. On this particular Sunday as pastor was giving his sermon, an odd thing happened. About five minutes into his sermon he stopped and looked around puzzlingly. He then continued on for a few more minutes before stopping again. The third time he stopped, he said, "Where is that coming from?" I looked around to see what he was talking about then again looked at him. About this time a little old lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and I swear everyone in the church heard her when she said, "It's coming from you!" I turned to her and said, "WHAT is coming from me?" She said, "That squealing noise!"
What had happened was that one of those old hearing aids of mine had never fit right and on this morning I had removed it and put it into my shirt pocket as church began. The squealing was feedback because I had failed to turn it off. I was quite embarrassed to say the least.
When I got home I stopped by my bathroom and when I leaned over to flush the toilet, the hearing aid fell in and went down the drain. "Good riddance," I thought as it disappeared.
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