At Active Hearing & Audiology, we understand that hearing aids are an investment – both in better hearing and financially. Losing a hearing aid can be a catastrophe. Here are some suggestions on what to do if you lose or hearing aid and how to perhaps prevent that loss in the first place.
Most professionally fitted hearing devices come with a loss and damage insurance policy that covers replacement. Check with your hearing health provider to see if your hearing aids are still under warranty. If not, call your insurance agent and find out if, through your homeowners or renters’ insurance, your hearing aids are covered. Your policy may pay at least a percentage of the loss.
If your hearing aids are four or five years old, you might want to look at some of the new technology because a newer product might serve you better.
The GPS Solution
Many of the new hearing aids have a “find my hearing aid feature.” This is a feature that uses GPS through a smartphone. You will be able to locate the last known location where you and your hearing aid were saving you a lot of needless searching.
What to Do
If you’ve lost your hearing aids and have a hunch about where they may be, leave your name and contact information with the establishment where you were. You may be pleasantly surprised; many people turn in personal items like hearing aids or glasses if they find them because they understand the cost. If you lost your aids at home and you’ve searched thoroughly, organize a search party and go over each room! Several people looking is better than one person looking.
Always take your hearing aids off and put them into your storage container in the same place. Don’t take them off and wrap them in a piece of tissue. It’s too easy to just throw out that piece of tissue without thinking of what’s inside.
Keep your hearing aids away from children and pets. Children can pick them up, walk around with them and set them where you wouldn’t expect to find them. They also are prone to putting small objects in their mouth. Dogs and cats love the smell and sounds of hearing aids. Make sure they are turned off when not in use and don’t tempt fate and leave them sitting on a table where your pet can get them. You may think – well, they haven’t bothered them before – but you just don’t want to risk it.
When you take off your hat, put your hood down, take off your glasses or lift a piece of clothing over your head, remember to double check to make sure your hearing aids are still in place. Mechanics, plumbers, gardeners and other hands-on laborers that work in tight spaces, around branches and around wires and machine parts, should take their hearing aids off and store them in a safe place, just in case.
Regardless of your hearing aid type, beware of convertibles, motorcycles and amusement park rides that flip you upside down or are fast moving. The wind can suck the hearing aid off of or out of your ear. Make sure you use a carrying case if you take them off. If you must place them in your pocket, check first to make sure there are no holes in your pocket! If you are traveling, make sure you check that you have your hearing aids each time you are ready to leave a destination.
We Can Help
At Active Hearing and Audiology, we realize that accidents happen. For all matter of hearing aid repairs and maintenance, contact us today. If you are looking for a new pair of hearing aids or want to update your current pair, we are here to help you find the best solution for your needs.