Gearing Up for Spring Cleaning? Check Your Hearing Tech, Too!

Spring Cleaning: Hearing Aid Edition

Spring cleaning is more than an activity — it’s a mindset. Beyond the dusting, de-cobwebbing, and cleaning behind furniture, what else could benefit from a deep dive? Your hearing technology.

The holidays and long winter months can throw even the best of us off our routines. Use that spring-cleaning urge to your advantage and include your hearing technology in your yearly cleaning binge. Here are five ways to get started.

 

Replace the Wax Filter

Your wax filter can only work well for so long. Eventually it develops a buildup of wax and debris. Once that happens, sound quality starts to suffer, and it’s time to replace the filter. Every style of hearing device is a little different; check out the instructions for yours (and the tools that came with it), check for buildup, and, if needed, replace the filter.

 

Replace the Dome and Tubing on RIC …

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Mobile apps can enhance your hearing health.

Turn Up Your Hearing Enjoyment With These 5 Apps

You might not think about hearing wellness when pondering apps, but we’re out to change that. Of the estimated 5 million applications available between Apple’s and Google’s app stores alone, those dedicated to hearing wellness and related issues have a small but growing piece of the action.

Here are five apps to know about:

AGXR Attune

Part of the AGX? Hearing family, the AGXR Attune app works with selected hearing aids to let you control everything from your smartphone. Discreetly adjust volume, change your settings, and geotag the settings for your favorite places, or even locate your hearing aids. The best part? The Audigy Assist function in the app lets you request updated settings and fine-tunings from your hearing-care specialist — without an office visit. Now, that’s convenience!

 

Thrive™ Hearing Control

Artificial intelligence is here and ready to help right at your ears! Starkey Laboratories’ app works …

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Embracing your hearing devices can change your life.

5 Tips for Embracing Your Hearing Tech

Just as the road to better hearing can take time — hearing-aid users on average waited a decade-plus after diagnosis before getting hearing technology — it’s natural to need an adjustment period with your new devices.

Learning to embrace and enjoy your hearing aids could mean the difference between letting them help you confidently communicate or letting them simply collect dust, so check out these quick tips to make the most of your hearing tech.  

Be Patient

At first, your hearing system may not sound normal, and your own voice may seem strange or hollow. You’ll begin hearing many sounds you’ve been missing, and you may also experience some unpleasant ones. Documenting your observations will help us adjust your technology as needed. With time and practice, your brain can adjust and interpret the sounds you’ve been missing.  

Start Gradually

This will help your auditory system adapt to …

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an african american woman laughs with her daughter during a holiday meal despite hearing loss

Stay Connected During the Holidays: 7 Tips for Hearing Your Best

Whether parties or dinners, there are countless opportunities during the holidays to gather with loved ones. That means plenty of chances to practice our tips for giving yourself the greatest gift of all: connection. Read on to get started.  

Give Yourself a Firm Foundation

Put together a holiday better-hearing kit and keep it in your bag or purse wherever you go. Include extra batteries, a cleaning set, a dehumidifier, extra domes or tubing, and an older set of hearing aids if you have them.

 

Around the Table

Meals are a big part of the holidays — we want to help you get your fill of both the food and the festivities with these better-hearing tips for the table.

Speak up If you feel comfortable doing so, give a gentle reminder to slow down, speak up, and talk directly to you. It will go a long way — for …

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Humidity — Hearing Aid Kryptonite?

Does High Humidity Affect My Hearing Aids?

One of the great things about starting your better-hearing journey is that your world is more enjoyable when you can hear all those sounds you’ve been missing.

That might also mean you’re getting outside more, possibly exposing your hearing devices to humidity. Your hearing aids are tiny computers, and just like with laptops and tablets, moisture can present a challenge.

Humidity

Let’s discuss humidity first. Simply put, humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air.

Hot air can hold a lot of water vapor, but cold air cannot. When hot air meets cold air, the drop in temperature means a drop in how much water vapor the air can hold.

Let’s consider a can of soda pop: When humid air makes contact with a cold can of soda pop, the air temperature around the can drops quickly. Any water vapor from the humid air …

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