How can we stop our hearing aids falling off our ears? Hearing aids are expensive and in order to preserve them and benefit from them for a long time, special care and attention is needed. Read on to find out more.
Why won't my Hearing Aids Stay in my Ear?
There are various reasons for a hearing aid to fall out of or off your year but there are also many solutions available to avoid the consequences that will follow, as they may be detrimental to your device. In particular, the device may fall without being noticed or drop into water. As hearing aids are worn by people of all ages and occupations, there are a variety of models available to fit every individual hearing impairment condition, preference and lifestyle. Nevertheless, all types of hearing aids should be carefully maintained and protected from dust, moisture and all kinds of damage, including falling off and getting lost.
How to Fit your Aid Correctly
It is very important to take care when putting on your hearing aid. When you first buy your hearing aid, you need to make sure you know how to put it in properly. Digital hearing aids usually come with detailed manuals for use and most have accompanying images showing the right steps of inserting and adjusting the hearing aid to the ear. If you feel unsure, it is best to ask your dispenser or audiologist for more information or assistance. Once you know how to place your hearing aid, you can put it on and check with a mirror or ask someone to see if it looks correctly inserted. However, regardless of the look, your hearing aid should feel comfortable in your ear. If that is not the case, then you should remove it and put it on again until it fits correctly.
How to stop your hearing aid falling off
You can protect your hearing aid from falling off in various ways. First, it is good to determine if that happens during a specific activity such as eating, talking or physical exercise. The hearing aid may be loose or moist and can slip out. If needed turn to your audiologist for re-adjustment. If you have a hearing aid with an individual ear mould, a new one may be needed and you should consult with a specialist for a new impression of your ear.
The problem may also be due to an old or wrong sized tubing or dome. You can easily replace these with new ones and find the most suitable size and form for your ear. Silicone domes usually have a life of about three months so it is common for them to need replacement 4-6 times a year. We provide tubes and domes for many different makes and types of hearing aid.
In addition, it is recommended that you regularly check your ears for earwax buildup as it can prevent the hearing aid fitting correctly. We have various products to help you maintain your ear hygiene.
Practical solutions for keeping the hearing aid in place
There are different accessories that can help you protect your hearing aid. One option is to use toupee tape, sticky pads, such as Phonak Stick N Stay or other adhesives but some of those may cause skin irritation and depending on the chemicals used may cause damage to your device. Whatever the reason, you should take actions immediately after you sense that you do not feel comfortable or the hearing aid is too loose. Postponing may lead to a loss of the device or damage, both outcomes being costly.
About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
Author: Gary Hill
Gary comes from 16 years' experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.