5 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Hearing Aids For Halloween

5 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Hearing Aids For Halloween

These tricks will make your child’s hearing aids quite the treat!

Decorating hearing aids and cochlear implants is a great idea during this and any time of the year if you know what you’re doing. Here we answer some common questions we get about decorating hearing aids and cochlear implants.

1. Can I decorate my child’s (or my own) technology?

Sure! Anything that is motivational for children, tweens, and teens is great fun, as long as the “bling” doesn’t damage the aid — and there are a variety of options to choose from. Some of our technology partners have hearing aids in bright colors and/or with superhero or animal prints. Stick-on “jewels” designed for use on fingernails are great, as well as simple small stickers.

2. What parts should I be careful of? What materials do you approve of?

It is imperative that decorations do not compromise the microphone ports in any way. Do not risk any moisture penetrating the hearing aid joints from liquid glue, paint, etc. Stickers may leave residue that can be removed with alcohol.

3. What if I’m not that crafty?

Some of our technology partners have pediatric products. Plus there are great resources online. Try looking at Etsy or Pinterest for ideas; we’ve seen everything from twists to charms, headbands to clip-on pieces. Even if you don’t buy anything, these are great resources for inspiration.

4. Have you found that if a child’s hearing aids are decorated or “kid friendly,” they are more likely to wear them?

Yes! Especially for kids ages 3 to 10 years old. They love the fun colors and superhero accessories. Tweens and teens often enjoy “blinging out” their technology with charms and jewels.

5. Any other tips or tricks?

While this is a Halloween theme, decorating can happen all year — just look for removable options when decorating!

We hear a bump in the night is nothing to be scared of when you’ve got your hearing aid decorated right!

Before you start decorating, be sure to consult a hearing professional to ensure that your plan won’t compromise the performance of the tech or make it more susceptible to loss or damage. Contact us today to start getting crafty!

The Four Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Getting Hearing Aids

The Four Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Getting Hearing Aids

I have been helping patients find the best solutions for their hearing problems for more than 30 years. During this time, I have met with thousands of patients, some who love their hearing aids and get great results, and some who hate their hearing aids and feel like they have wasted their money. Here are the four biggest mistakes I have seen people make.

#1: Choosing a hearing aid based on what it looks like instead of what you need it to do.
The truth is no one wants a hearing aid. What you want is for your communication problems to go away or be significantly reduced. Smart consumers start with a list of three to five big issues they want resolved, and they ask the hearing aid provider which hearing aid will give them the best results.

#2: Focusing on price instead of results.
It’s not what the hearing aid looks like on the outside that dictates how much it will help you; it’s what’s inside that counts. With digital technology, some hearing aids are amazingly smart: They have multiple programs built into the hearing aids to keep you hearing well no matter where you go or what you do, and they will automatically switch from program to program, adjusting the volume for you. A different hearing aid that looks exactly the same on the outside can be amazingly stupid — a simple amplifier that makes everything louder.

In addition to the cost of the device itself, there are professional fees and expertise included in the price. This is the knowledge and expertise of the person fitting the hearing aid. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. The better the technology and the more knowledgeable and capable the fitter, the more it is going to cost — but the better your results should be. Not everyone needs the fanciest technology, but, to be honest, everyone can benefit by having a knowledgeable and experienced person doing the fitting.

#3: Thinking that the hearing aid will solve all your problems the minute you put it on.
Your hearing loss did not happen overnight. Most likely, it has gradually been making your world quieter and quieter for 10+ years. Plus, your ears need to work with your brain to let you hear and understand what is being said.

Think of the hearing aids like a prosthetic hand. You need to practice with that artificial hand to learn how to use it. The more you practice, the better you get. At first you may just be able to open and close the hand. With practice you learn how to pick things up and really use it to improve your life. The same is true with the hearing aids. At first it seems like you are just hearing everything and it seems really loud. Over time you learn to listen discriminatingly and easily. Those who use their hearing aids on a regular basis become successful users; those who put them on only occasionally never really get the help they need.

#4: Being fit with hearing aids and never having a postfitting evaluation done.
A fitter asking you how you are hearing is meaningless. You do not know what you should be hearing and, therefore, you don’t know if the hearing aids are working correctly for you or not.

After you have had a few weeks to adjust to your hearing aids, you should have a postfitting evaluation. This could be a test in which you repeat words at a normal conversational level in a controlled environment (like a hearing test booth) or a test where a microphone is put in your ear and a computer checks to see if the prescription is correct. No matter how experienced your provider is, they cannot see how well you are hearing or truly know what is happening inside your ear without doing one of these postfitting tests.

What Hearing Loss Sounds Like

What Hearing Loss Sounds Like

What It’s Like To Have Hearing Loss

When you have a hearing loss, it can be hard to explain how your life has changed along with your hearing. What’s more, many people don’t realize how hearing loss has affected their lives, as it’s such a gradual process. We’re here to help you help others understand, in turn creating a support system for you in your better-hearing journey.

Research tells us that concealing your hearing loss can create tension in your social or professional life that could negatively affect your mental health. Talking about it eases the stress of hiding the condition.

How to Talk About Your Hearing Loss

The way your hearing loss sounds to you can be different than another person’s loss. How your hearing loss sounds depends on the type (sensorineural or conductive, or even a mix) and degree of the hearing loss. As Starkey Hearing Technologies points out on their hearing loss simulator page, “a person with normal hearing can hear quiet, medium, and loud sounds that vary from low pitch to high pitch with amazing clarity and definition. When you have hearing loss, you often lose higher-pitch sounds, like the sound of women’s and children’s voices or consonants like t, s, and f. Even though you may be able to hear strong vowel sounds such as a, e, and i, speech becomes harder to comprehend.”

  • Pick someone you trust to listen to what you have to say.
  • Be honest and open; while vulnerability is hard, it creates strong connections and support.
  • Give them examples of instances where you cannot hear very well and what that is like for you
  • Show them what your hearing loss is like with Starkey’s hearing loss simulator

What Tinnitus Sounds Like

Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss but sounds very different than hearing loss. Anyone afflicted with the annoying ringing and hissing of tinnitus is well aware of the stress, anxiety, and irritability that accompany these phantom howls — but how do you explain that to others?

  • Pick someone you trust to listen to what you have to say.
  • Be honest and open; while vulnerability is hard, it creates strong connections and support.
  • Give them examples of instances where you are distracted or debilitated by your tinnitus and what that is like for you. If you can, think of instances for which the person was present, so they can better understand your reactions to it.
  • Try to convey the consistency of your tinnitus (how often it occurs during the day, at what times, and anything that seems to set it off).

Do not use the hearing loss simulator to test your own hearing. A hearing test simulator is for informational purposes and is not intended as a diagnostic evaluation. For a complete test and evaluation of your hearing, you should visit a qualified and licensed hearing care professional. While testing your hearing on the internet can give you some insight, we strongly recommend you be tested by hearing professionals, like us. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to begin getting relief from your hearing loss.

To get the most out of your consultation with us, we recommend bringing a companion with you so you feel supported, and so we can ask them about their experience with your hearing.