Hearing Instrument Safety
March 24, 2020
Please remember to clean your hearing aids. COVID-19 can stay on the plastics for up to 3 days.
In this situation; you can wipe them down with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or the alcohol wipes. While we don’t recommend long term use of rubbing alcohol on your hearing instruments due to the drying nature to the alcohol... a month of this practice is not going to hurt anything. We also carry a cleaning spray at the office if you are not comfortable using the rubbing alcohol. “Sani-Spray” kills germs and is safe on plastics. However you clean them.. just be diligent and do it everyday. Actually,
I would do it in the morning before you put them in and then in the evening when you take them out.
Many business are offering drive up or curbside service. In our effort to continue to provide you with hearing health care yet be safe for all involved we also are offering “drive up” service. There is a specially marked area ( with orange cones) in our rear parking lot. If you need help because your hearing instrument is not working or some other issue with it, or even just pick up supplies...just let us know and we will set you a time to come and we will come out to your vehicle so that you can stay in it and remain healthy.
As we all start to get a little stir crazy you could always play some hearing games. Try down loading Starkey’s Hear Coach on your smart phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have a blue tooth hearing aid that’s paired to the phone you can still play the games on Hear Coach. (If you do have a connected smart phone then it will stream the game directly into your hearing aids). It is practice for your brain to identify speech in noise. There are several games on the app. Open the game and turn up the volume to a comfortable level ...with your hearing aids on. It doesn’t matter if you miss some words, it’s just practice for your brain to understand speech better in background noise. To have more fun then play the game with someone else. You can compete and see who gets the best score. Just because one of you wears hearing instruments and the other may have normal hearing does not guarantee that the one with normal hearing will get the better score. It’s a game so there is a time clock and you also earn points. It’s been proven that playing these games several times a week can indeed improve your speech understanding in noise.
Hoping and praying all our patients and friends remain COVID-19 free..... If you have an upcoming appointment and would like “drive up” service please call us and let us know before your appointment time. Rest assured all measurements are always taken to provide you the safest hearing help available.
Let us know what you need and we will make every effort to help you! To Hear Better Is To Live Better!