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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Are You Getting the Best from Your Hearing Aids?

Georgia Halston

If you live with hearing aids, itís easy to take them for granted, to forget just how revolutionary they can be, until you start having issues with them. Here, weíre going to take a look at how you can ensure that your hearing aids last as long as possible, improving your ability to hear, communicate, and your quality of life as effectively as they should.

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Give them the care they need

Every hearing aid needs some care and attention. The most important thing that you can do is get used to cleaning your hearing aids every day. Hearing aids can be affected by dust, debris, and earwax, which can clog up their components and begin to affect how clearly they can amplify sound. A hearing aid cleaning kit will contain everything that you need to keep them clean. Most importantly, do not wash them in water or with wet cloths, as moisture can cause significant damage to them.

Ensure your batteries last longer

Does it feel like your batteries arenít lasting as long as they should? Make sure you have an accurate idea of the battery life you can expect. After that, resolving power issues in your auditory device is often about getting down to the source. For instance, as mentioned, moisture and high humidity can affect your hearing aid, and keeping them in a dehumidifier for a day or two may help them get back to good health. Excessively cold temperatures and high altitudes can drain your battery life quicker than normal use, as well.

Learn how to control them

You might not be getting the best amplification out of your hearing aids simply because their profile is not set for the environment that you are in. A lot of people will have their audiologist set the levels on their hearing aids and not adjust them afterward. However, as you get used to them, or as you start wearing them in different environments, changing their settings may help you be able to get even better use out of them. Learning how to adjust your hearing aids, whether itís with the controls on the device, or through a connected smartphone app, can make them much more versatile. If you donít feel comfortable with it, talk to your audiologist about doing it for you.

Know where to go if you have any issues with them

If youíre not getting the experience you would expect from your hearing aids, even after following the advice above, then there could be a deeper issue with them. Like all pieces of technology, hearing aids can experience malfunctions, damage, and wear and tear. Take them to your audiologist, who may be able to complete a host of repairs on them on the spot. If they canít fix them there, they may be able to provide temporary replacements while sending yours to the manufacturer for a complete repair or replacement.

Whether youíre new to using hearing aids or are experiencing some issues with yours, if you want to know more about how to get the best from your hearing aids, then making an appointment with your audiologist is always recommended. 

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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