Do you use Q-Tips to clean your ears after a shower? Let me guess; you’ve probably heard it’s not a good idea, but you still do it anyways. Am I right?
Using Q-Tips to clean your ears is not only dangerous, it’s also completely unnecessary as your ears are self-cleaning.
Putting small items into your ear canals can cause cuts, dryness, hearing bone dislocation, eardrum perforation, ringing in the ears, dizziness and hearing loss. Scary!
Believe it or not, your ear wax is a good thing! It keeps your ears lubricated and protected from dirt, dust, or any other objects that may get into your canals.
So, while cleaning your ears with Q-Tips can be satisfying, you may want to consider letting nature take it’s course instead.
When talking about hearing aids, does the term “Wireless” leave you feeling a little confused?
Technically all hearing aids could be considered wireless since they aren’t connected to each other with wires, right?
When referring to hearing aids as wireless, it actually means something else entirely. A hearing aid being wireless means it can communicate with another hearing aid, a smart phone, and other various accessories.
To learn more about what we are talking about, check out this article that Starkey posted on their blog: http://www.starkey.com/blog/2016/12/are-all-hearing-aids-wireless
As always, if you have any questions, ask them below!
Our friends over at Starkey have put together a very helpful list to help hearing aid wearers out while travelling.
Check it out here. If you have any tips yourself, please share in the comments!
While you should try to consistently wear your hearing aids, there are some situations where it is best you remove them first.
When Not to Wear Hearing Aids:
Going swimming or having a shower/bath: While a lot of hearing aids these days are quite water resistant, it’s always best to remove them before doing anything involving a lot of water. Unless specified, hearing aids are not fully water proof and exposure to water can damage them.
Doing your hair with hair products: Hair products such as hairspray cause a sticky build up which can impair the hearing aid’s performance, and is quite hard to clean off the hearing aids (we know from personal experience!)
Going to bed: It’s best to remove your hearing aids before bed in order to conserve the battery life (be sure to leave the battery doors open overnight to avoid unnecessary battery drainage). It’s also a good idea to not sleep in them because they could fall out in your sleep, which could lead to you losing them.
Have you ever had a hearing aid mishap? Tell us about it in the comments!
Holiday season is fast approaching. In fact, I’m sure many of you have already started (or even finished!) holiday-related errands.
During the holidays, it’s especially important to be mindful of those around you that may be struggling with their hearing. Whether they have acknowledged their problem or not, there are some ways for you and your family to make get-togethers a little easier for them.
Minimize background noise: You may enjoy having the TV or music on in the background during dinner. This makes it very difficult for people with hearing loss to focus on speech around them.
Make sure the lights are on and bright: Hard of hearing individuals focus heavily on watching your mouth and lip reading as you speak. It is also important to face the person you are speaking to.
Speak clearly and slowly: Taking extra time to annunciate your words clearly will take a lot of stress off of the person struggling to catch every word. If they still don’t catch what you said, consider rephrasing your sentence.
Have a 1 on 1 conversation: If you notice they are by themselves, looking isolated, try to communicate with them 1-on-1. They will be able to hear you a lot better without so many voices talking at once.
How do you help hard of hearing family members during the holidays? Let us know in the comments!