Are Hearing Aid Checks Really That Important?

I am not too fond of my dental checks, vision check-ups or my annual physical appointments. But I know how important it is for my over-all health. Just like any other wellness check, hearing aid checks are very important. Here are a few reasons why:

Extends the life of the hearing aid:

Coming in for hearing aid checks can help extend the life of your hearing aids. On every hearing check, we examine the ear canal, review proper maintenance, clean all necessary parts of the hearing aid, perform a listening check and verify that the hearing aids are performing satisfactorily according to appropriate specifications.

Otoscopic checks:

An otoscopic exam is performed at every checkup. Looking in the ear is always important. The audiologist can determine if one has wax buildup, redness, swelling or any foreign object in the ear canal, as well as an ear infection. These issues can affect your hearing and hearing aid performance.

Thorough cleaning:

Most hearing aids today are small and may be difficult to clean thoroughly for some patients. The audiologist and audiology assistant can provide the proper cleaning and replacement of certain critical parts that may need replacement to insure the best acoustic quality and avoid unnecessary repairs. This may include: a listening check, battery replacement, brushing and cleaning the microphone ports, vent cleaning, wax guard change, receiver replacement and wire or tubing change.

Make adjustments if needed:

On each hearing aid check, a verification check is performed and adjustments made, if necessary. This fine tuning of your hearing aids can enhance performance and improve your communication.

An opportunity to discuss new technology and products:

Over a period of time, hearing deteriorates and newer technology is introduced.

Coming in for your hearing aid check is a great way to consult with your audiologist about hearing aid benefit, expectations and limitations of certain technologies.  The life of most hearing aids are 3-5 years and in that amount of time you can be assured that some newer technology has been introduced that can greatly and positively impact your life.

When are repairs needed?

It is not unusual for hearing aids to need occasional repairs. There are times when there is a problem with a hearing aid that may or may not be evident to the patient. This might include moisture in a tube, a grommet missing from the receiver opening, a receiver blocked with wax, a broken removal line, cracked ear mold, or broken battery door. All of these repairs can either be fixed in the office or be sent to the manufacturer.

Helps us track the performance of the hearing aids:

Hearing aid checks are a good way to keep a record of the function and adjustments made to  our hearing aids. It’s a good way to look back on previous testing results and adjustments to help explain any changes.

Helps build the relationship between the patient and the practice:

Having positive communication between the patient,  the audiologist  and the practice can help build a solid, trusting relationship. This relationship is an important foundation to future success in improved hearing.

Preventative Maintenance will go a long way in helping to ensure both your hearing and hearing aids are in top condition.

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