June 2, 2023

Regular Hearing Aid Checkups: Ensuring Optimal Performance

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Regular Hearing Aid Checkups: Ensuring Optimal Performance

Investing in hearing aids to treat your hearing loss is no small matter, but it is a decision that can greatly improve your quality of life. However, this investment doesn't end after purchasing your device; regular follow-up care is equally vital in ensuring your hearing aids function optimally and you continue to hear clearly. 

In this post, we discuss the importance of regular hearing aid checkups and how developing a strong relationship with your hearing care professional can help you make the most of your investment.

Why Regular Hearing Aid Checkups Are Essential

1) Devices need cleaning and maintenance: Like any device, hearing aids require regular cleaning and maintenance to function effectively. This is because dust, skin cells, and other debris can accumulate, clogging the tiny microphones and speakers and inhibiting sound transmission. It's recommended that you schedule cleaning appointments two to three times a year, as this not only maintains the performance and clarity of your hearing aids but also allows for minor repairs that may be necessary.

2) You need to keep on top of your hearing loss: Your hearing loss might change over time, necessitating adjustments in your hearing aid's programming to maintain your hearing ability. Retesting your hearing every one to two years enables your audiologist to identify changes and make necessary modifications. And as your preferences and lifestyle evolve, your hearing professional should be available to make adjustments tailored to those needs.

3) You’ll end up with a better fit: The fit of your hearing aid is crucial for comfort and effectiveness. Over time, it's possible that the fit may change (the inside of ears can change shape over time), causing discomfort or issues with the device staying in place. Regular checkups allow your audiologist to address these concerns and rectify any fit-related problems. 

What to Expect During Hearing Aid Check-up Appointments

1) An opportunity to discuss questions and concerns: Checkup appointments provide the perfect opportunity to address any queries or concerns you may have surrounding your hearing aid's functionality, fit, or overall experience. Remember, your hearing care professional is there to help you, so don't hesitate to bring up any issues.

2) A chance to check hearing aid fit: If issues with the fit of your hearing aid are identified, your audiologist can make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal comfort and function.

3) A hearing retest: Regular hearing tests help your hearing care provider assess the benefit you're receiving from your device and monitor your hearing loss. These tests measure your hearing ability both with and without the hearing aids in different environments, enabling your audiologist to make necessary adjustments.

4) Making hearing aid adjustments: As your hearing loss progresses or your preferences change, your audiologist may need to adjust your hearing aid programming to maintain optimal performance.

5) Reviewing warranties and discussing repairs: Hearing aids typically come with manufacturer warranties, which may include repair coverage, loss and damage protection, and the option for extended warranties. Regular checkups mean you understand the warranty terms and can discuss any maintenance or repair concerns with your hearing professional.

Tips for Maximizing Your Hearing Aid Checkup Appointments

1) Keep a detailed journal: Document your experiences with your hearing aids, noting any concerns or new sounds you've encountered since your last visit. Include information about situations where your hearing aids perform well or where you'd like them to improve. Providing your hearing care professional with this information helps them make informed adjustments and offer tailored advice.

2) Bring a friend or family member: Having a loved one accompany you to your appointments can be beneficial, as they may have additional insights regarding your adjustment to the hearing aids. This person can also help take notes or remind you of important information during the appointment.

3) Build a relationship with your hearing care professional: Developing a strong rapport with your audiologist ensures that you have a dedicated advocate in your journey to better hearing. They are your go-to resource for hearing aid cleaning, maintenance, and counseling, so it's crucial to find someone you trust and feel comfortable with.

Check-ups at The Hearing Spa

Your journey toward better hearing doesn't end with the initial purchase of your hearing aids. Indeed, it is just the start. Regular follow-up care and checkups are essential in maintaining your device's optimal performance and ensuring that you continue to hear clearly. By building a strong relationship with your hearing care professional, you can feel confident in their expertise and support.

At The Hearing Spa, we offer regular maintenance and checkups on all hearing aids - this ensures that you get the best results from your hearing aids while providing a greater return on your investment.

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Dr. Victoria L. Moore
Lead Audiologist
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Dr. Victoria Moore (Vicky) serves as President as well as Lead Audiologist at The Hearing Spa. She moved to the USA from England in 1991 and has been serving the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton for over 20 years. Her independent audiology practice focuses on adult hearing loss, tinnitus management, as well as Cochlear Implant services.


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