It is recommended to check your batteries' power with a miniature battery tester if you have one handy; if not, it wouldn’t hurt to pick one up from a battery supply store. If you have to use your hearing aid a full 24 hours a day you get less useful life and will have to replenish more.
One smart way to conserve battery life that is simple, but which is easily forgotten, is that you can always open the battery door to your hearing aid and leave it open which switches the hearing aid to the “off” position. This way your hearing aid is not draining battery life when not in use. A few models may have a volume dial with an “off” switch but most models are turned off by opening the battery door.
If you take medication you should be careful not to mix your medication with batteries. Swallowing batteries is common and causes problems to the digestive system and if you accidentally swallow batteries, you should immediately call the poison control hotline, which is 1-800-222-1222. To ensure you don’t run out of batteries, you should keep them well stocked. If you are running low in your needed size, it is recommended you should purchase a fresh pack the week before. Batteries for hearing aids come in 4 packs which cost $3.00 and in 8 packs which costs $6.00. As long as you follow these guidelines, you will improve your batteries' useful life.
HEARING LOSS UNTREATED WHAT ARE THEY MISSING?
“If I had a hearing impairment, I would know it.” This is a common quote heard by many Audiologists and is not necessarily a true statement. Hearing loss often develops over an extended period of time and the onset is gradual. Our brains naturally adapt over time which is why a hearing loss can sometimes ‘sneak-up’ on people. Audiologists often counsel patients that they cannot know what they are missing if they do not hear it. There may be sounds in your world that are occurring, but you don’t notice them due to your loss; therefore, you don’t know what you are missing. Straining to listen can make it more difficult to communicate with family and friends. It can become physically and emotionally tiring to hear conversation, especially in noisy situations.
-10dB to 25dB Normal to slight hearing loss:
Hearing is within normal limits. Amplification is not necessary.
26dB to 40dB Mild hearing loss:
Will begin to have difficulty understanding faint speech, may have some difficulty in noisy situations. Able to function without amplification, but could be useful to those who are frequently in social or noisy situations.
41dB to 55dB Moderate hearing loss:
Some difficulty in group conversations, noisy backgrounds, faint speech and normal conversational speech. Occasional irritability and withdrawal from certain situations. Slight feeling of confusion in communication situations. Amplification is most likely beneficial.
56dB to 70dB Moderately-Severe hearing loss:
Will frequently ask for statements to be repeated. Will definitely have difficulty in group situations, formal discussions and lectures. Will try to lip read. Will benefit from amplification in everyday situations.
71dB to 90dB Severe Hearing Loss:
Hears only with amplification. Pronounced difficulties in all communicative situations. Will misunderstand many conversations. Their own speech will likely show defects and they will rely on speech reading. Will benefit from amplification in everyday situations.
91dB+ Profound Hearing Loss:
May still have difficulty understanding amplified speech. May not be able to use residual hearing for communication. Amplification may allow hearing of danger signals and important environmental noises, but may still have some difficulty understanding speech.
Noticeable Gestures and Questions when Someone is having Difficulty Hearing
Someone experiencing difficulty hearing or understanding speech will frequently ask you to repeat. They will frequently ask questions like, “what?, I’m sorry?, pardon?, huh?, come again?, aye?, etc….” Noticeable gestures may include cupping their ear toward sounds, leaning into sounds or leaning forward. You may also notice them watching your lip movements and paying special attention to your own gestures to try to comprehend what you are saying.