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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:24

Hearing Aid Cleaning Tips

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Keeping your hearing aids clean is crucial to ensuring a long life for your devices. When preparing your cleaning area, it’s important to keep the following  tips in mind:

  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your aids.
  • Don’t use water or other cleaning fluids like alcohol, as they can ruin your hearing aids.
  • Make sure you’re holding your hearing aids over a soft surface. This reduces the risk of damage if they are dropped.
  • For a quick and easy hearing aid cleaning session, be sure to use our helpful guide below.

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Questions about hearing aid maintenance and repair? Contact the New York City Audiologists at Audio Help today. 

Keeping your hearing aids clean is crucial to ensuring a long life for your devices. When preparing your cleaning area, it’s important to keep the following  tips in mind:

·         Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your aids.

·         Don’t use water or other cleaning fluids like alcohol, as they can ruin your hearing aids.

·         Make sure you’re holding your hearing aids over a soft surface. This reduces the risk of damage if they are dropped.

For a quick and easy hearing aid cleaning session, be sure to use our helpful guide below.

Questions about hearing aid maintenance and repair? Contact the New York City Audiologists at Audio Help today. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:51

Hearing Aid Battery Maintenance Guide

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Batteries

  • Your battery should be changed every 1-2 weeks
  • If your hearing aid sounds strange or is not working, try changing the battery/batteries
  • Remove the sticker tab before placing the battery into your hearing aid(s)
  • If you are having difficulty placing battery into hearing aid, make sure that the plus (+) side is facing the right direction
  • Always carry extra batteries

Where to store your batteries...

  • Store batteries at room temperature
  • Keep batteries away from children, warm, wet places and metal objects

Before Bed...

  • Before you go to bed, open the battery door - This will help make your battery last longer!

Follow up with your Audiologist

  • Don't forget, your audiologist and his/her team are here to help you!
  • If you forget how to change the battery or have any other concerns about your hearing aids, feel free to contact your audiologist and ask.

How to use this calendar...

  • When you remove the sticker tab from the battery place it on the date that you put in the new battery - This will help you remember when to change the battery next!

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We know that successful communication requires the efforts of ALL people involved in the converation when one indivudal is living with hearing impairment. Here is a "Decision Aid" for communication ctrategies that individuals (spouse, caregiver, friend, family member) communicating with a hearing impaired individual can utilize.

Download the Decision Aid

Having trouble understanding family members, friends and coworkers?

Utilize the tips in the document below to help with conversation.

Hearing Impaired Communication Rules

Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:14

Newest Members of Audio Help!

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Meet the newest additions to Audio Help Hearing Centers.

They sure are cute!

Ashley DeJohn Daughter - Patient Care Coordinator (Chelsea)

Ashley DeJohn's Baby

 

Kathy Andrade's Son - Patient Care Coordinator (Park Avenue)

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Ed Sussman (Grandson) - Business Manager (Audio Help)

Ed Sussman's Grandson

Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:02

Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss

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Travel ProgramIn the airport:

  • Pack essential items (backup hearing aids, batteries, wax guards) in your carry-on, in case your checked luggage is lost in transit
  • *Checked luggage passes through a stronger X-ray machine, which may affect the computer processor in your devices
  • TSA suggests wearing your devices while walking through the metal detector. Some individuals experience a loud distorted sound in the metal detector; consider turning down the volume
  • Present this card to TSA or airplane staff if you prefer not to announce your hearing impairment to surrounding travelers
  • When you arrive at your gate, let the gate staff know that you have a hearing loss. This is important for last minute gate changes, delays, cancellations, and other announcements
  • Many airports are equipped with a "loop" system for hearing aid users who have a T-coil setting. Check to see if your airport has one and enable the T-coil; announcements will be heard directly through your devices
  • Hearing aids DO NOT interfere with the airplane's navigational equipment. You can wear them the entire flight, even when asked to "turn off electronic devices"
  • Many individuals enjoy using the Bluetooth function on their devices to stream music or movies directly to their hearing aids during flight. If your device is compatible with Bluetooth, give it a try!
  • If traveling alone, inform your neighbor and flight attendant of your hearing loss in the event of emergency announcements

Double check for your devices before you exit the plane!

For more information, see these websites:
www.entnet.org/content/travel-tips-hearing-impaired
www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/deaf-or-hard-hearing-passengers
www.sath.org/how-to-travel-with-hearing-impairment-or-deafness

Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:44

The New Yorker's Guide to Noise

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Click to EnlargeThe average New Yorker is exposed to plenty of noise between loud traffic and screeching subways. This may lead to difficulty communicating and discomfort to both those with and without hearing loss.

The good news? There are plenty of things you can do to combat the noise, in addition to wearing hearing aids with noise reduction strategies! Check out The New Yorker's Guide to Noise.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:42

How do we acquire hearing loss?

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  • Hearing Aid Lifestyle GuideRepeated exposure to loud noises
  • Ear infection
  • Viral infection
  • Head injury

1.) Seek help for your hearing loss: Hearing is linked to cognitive & cardiovascular health. Don't delay treatment. Hearing is part of your HEALTH. Visit Audio Help for a baseline hearing evaluation. Call to make an appointment today: (866) 530-7500

2.) Treat your hearing loss: There is no medical treatment for hearing loss. The only way to treat diagnosed hearing loss is through the use of amplification, such as hearing aids. Individuals who do not stimulate their impaired auditory system with sound, by the use of hearing aids for example, may experience a decrease in speech clarity overtime, otherwise known as auditory deprivation.

3.) Determine the level of technology that best suits your communication lifestyle: Hearing aids aren't one-size fits all. We customize the amount of power for each hearing aid to fit your lifestyle. Do you live an active, social life or are you more of a homebody? There is no right or wrong answer! Different levels of hearing technology are available based on your communication lifestyle.

1. Quiet noises, like paper rustling, will sound louder.
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You will soon adjust to these sounds, you're hearing soft noises as you should be.

2. My own voice will sound different.
Try reading familiar books at home to get used to the sound of your voice. You will adjust to hearing your voice within about a week.

If after one week, your voice still sounds too loud or uncomfortable, see your Audiologist for adjustments.

3. My hearing will be significantly better, but not perfect.
Ideal listening environments are small groups and one-on-one conversations. Hearing people at a distance (> 10 feet) may still be difficult. Noisy environments (restaurants, etc) may still be challenging.

4. My hearing devices will adjust automatically.
Some can be controlled with a remote, but hearing aids will increase or decrease volume based on the environment.

5. It will take time to get the full benefit of my hearing aids.
The Audiologist will start the hearing aids at a low volume and gradually increase them. You may need multiple follow-up appointments.

6. Wearing the devices 8-10 hours a day will help me adjust.
Our brain processes sound and will better adjust to new sounds if hearing aids are worn for most of the day.

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