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What to do if you lose your hearing aids
It happens to the best of us – no matter how careful we are, we will inevitably misplace something. This could range from inconsequential, like our favorite pen or a paperback book, to a pricey item, like a phone. Luckily, with smartphones these days, you can secure them with apps that could activate their GPS and locate them. But what about with important electronic items like hearing aids?
For those of us who use hearing aids to treat hearing loss, we know the value of these small, electronic devices. Hearing aids are an excellent investment, keeping you looped into the world around you and amplifying environmental and speech sounds. Losing one or both hearing aids could be a difficult experience, not just because all of a sudden you are no longer able to hear as clearly.
Once you’ve gotten used to hearing aids, and they have become an integral part of your daily life, their absence will not go unnoticed! Here’s what to do if you lose your hearing aids.
Keep a Cool Head & Retrace Your Steps
It’s incredibly frustrating to lose something – especially something as valuable to you as your hearing aid(s). The first thing to do is to take a few deep breaths and clear your head. By calming yourself down, you’ll be able to think more clearly. This will help you retrace your steps.
This is the advice we always get when we lose something – but retracing your steps really does help. When it comes to hearing and the use of hearing aids, we are generally very aware of our senses. In other words, most of us would notice right away if our hearing is suddenly different, if sounds are suddenly softer and less clear than before. Normally we’d reach to adjust our aids to raise the volume or change the program feature – but now they’re not there.
So, take a minute to remember: when was the last time you heard clearly? Where were you sitting or standing? What room were you in?
Generally speaking, people who use aids do not take them out and put them back in regularly. Most of us wake up in the morning and prepare for the day, then insert our hearing aids. We’d take them out for things like showering or swimming, exercising or hiking. We’d try to avoid getting them wet. Think about a situation in which you’d want to remove your hearing aids.
Was it raining when you left the house? Did you store your aids in a safe case to re-insert when you got to your car? Perhaps your aids are in a bag or glove compartment in your car. Maybe you left them on your desk at the office, if you’ve just left work.
Reach Out for Help
If you’re dealing with higher degrees of hearing loss, it could be useful to ask a family member or friend to help you look for your hearing aids. They could help you make calls to public venues, as communicating on your phone may be difficult without your aids.
Call up the last few places you just visited and describe your hearing aids in detail. Most places have lost and founds. Stay positive – your hearing aids are custom made to fit your ear, so they won’t be of use to many people!
In the meantime, while you’re waiting to locate your hearing aids, contact us at Hearing Center of Hawaii. We’ll review your files and see if your hearing aids are covered by warranty from the manufacturer. Most hearing aids are covered for one-time loss or damage in the first year by the manufacturer.
If you have insurance on your hearing aids, this would be a good time to contact your insurance provider to report the loss. This way you can take the steps to be reimbursed and get fitted for a new pair of aids. At Hearing Center of Hawaii, we’ll have your information on file and can refit you for a new pair.
How to Prevent Lost Hearing Aids
Hearing aid storage is of utmost importance. If you are involved in various activities throughout the day that require you to remove your hearing aids, be sure that you carry a case around with you to safely store them.
Additionally, if you lead an active lifestyle, consider getting special hearing aid clips to ensure they stay in your ear.
Hearing aid fit is an important part of securing your aids. Make sure that your hearing aids fit snugly and securely in your ear, so that they do not fall out without you noticing. If you’ve noticed that your hearing aids are loose, contact us at Hearing Center of Hawaii. We provide re-fittings for hearing aids.