Happy New Year!

Around this time, everyone starts making promises to themselves. You might resolve to lose weight. Maybe this is the year you decide to stop smoking. Or maybe your resolution is smaller, like remembering to tell your kids you love them before leaving the house every day.

All of those are great things to strive for this year. But you might be overlooking another important change.

With colder weather now upon us, we’d like to offer you some tips to keep your hearing aids operating at their best during the frigid winter months:

•    Remember to keep extra batteries on hand and carry some with you when you’ll be away from home for any length of time.
•    When you’re going to be outside, wear a hat, a headband or earmuffs to protect your hearing aids, and your ears, from exposure to moisture and cold air.
•    When not in use, place your hearing aids in a dehumidifier to absorb any condensation that may have accumulated within your devices.
•    Never place your hearing aids on or near a heater.

October is National Audiology Awareness and National Protect Your Hearing Month. With that in mind, we’d like to offer some facts about hearing loss, its causes and symptoms and how to protect it from damage.

•    Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.
•    Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S.
•    Three out of every 1,000 babies are born with hearing impairment.
•    There are more males than females with hearing loss.

So you just got hearing aids. You’re starting to adjust to your new world of sound.  You’ve been shown how to care for your new device, including how to insert and remove them, change the batteries, and clean them. But we’d like to offer a list of tips you may not have received from your provider:

•    When you remove your hearing aids, store them in a safe place, out of reach of pets and children. Damage caused by pets is usually not covered by the warranty.  Swallowing hearing aid batteries, like all batteries, is a life-threatening emergency. By keeping your hearing aids in a secure place, away from animals and children, you can avoid accidents.
•    Keep your devices away from water, including when bathing and swimming, in showers and hot tubs, as well as when you’re out in the rain and snow! If you’ll be out in wet weather, carry an umbrella, or a hat, ear muffs- anything to keep your hearing aids dry.
•    Always be prepared: carry an extra set of batteries with you wherever you go.
•    Keep hairstyling products away from your devices. Wait to put your hearing aids in until after the products are completely dry.
•    Turn your hearing aids off when not in use. Unless you’re using a charging box, be sure to turn them off when you remove them.

There are many steps to improving your hearing health. The first one is determining the severity, or degree, of your hearing loss. This is measured by discovering your hearing threshold, the lowest volume, in decibels (dB) at which you can hear sounds. Your results are placed on an audiogram and may vary by pitch (frequency) and by ear. Our audiologists obtain this information through testing called basic comprehensive audiometry, just one of the testing methods we use to find the right solution for you.