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• Better sound quality -  &nbsp When you listen to a stereo system, you use both speakers to get the smoothest, sharpest, most natural sound quality. The same can be said of hearing aids. By wearing two hearing aids, you increase your hearing range from 180 degrees reception with just one instrument, to 360 degrees. This greater range provides a better sense of balance and sound quality.

Smoother tone quality  - Wearing two aids generally requires less volume than one. The need for less volume results in less distortion and better reproduction of amplified sounds. Wider hearing range. A person can hear sounds from a further distance with two ears, rather than just one. A voice that’s barely heard at 10 feet with one ear can be heard up to 40 feet with two ears.

Hearing is less tiring and listening more pleasant - More binaural hearing aid wearers report that listening and participating in conversation is more enjoyable with two instruments, instead of just one. This is because they do not have to strain to hear with the better ear. Thus, binaural hearing can help make life more relaxing.

Feeling of Balanced Hearing - Two eared hearing results in a feeling of balanced reception of sound, also known as the stereo effect, whereas monaural hearing creates an unusual feeling of sounds being heard in one ear.

Greater comfort when loud noises occur -  A lower volume control setting is required with two hearing aids than is required with one hearing aid. The result is a better tolerance of loud sounds. With a lower volume control setting the chances of hearing aid feedback is reduced.

• Tinnitus masking -  About 50% of people with ringing in their ears report improvement when wearing hearing aids. If a person with Tinnitus wears a hearing aid in only one ear, there will still be ringing in the ear that does not have a hearing aid.

Consumer preference - An overwhelming majority of consumers who have hearing loss in both ears, choose two hearing aids over one, when given the choice to hear binaurally

Customer Satisfaction -  Research with some more than 5,000 consumers with hearing loss in both ears demonstrated that binaurally fit subjects are more satisfied than people fit with one hearing aid.

There are few general care and maintenance tips

Battery

The battery powers your hearing aid. It comes in different sizes, depending on the power. Not all hearing aids work with the same battery power and need batteries of a specific size.

Do’s while taking care of the battery

 Putting in the battery involves the two sides of the battery. The positive sign with a + sign while the negative side has the – sign. It is important to insert the battery properly. If you put the battery upside down then the aid will not work. Even the worse might happen where the tiny battery compartment may end up breaking.

 Be careful when you put the battery in your aid. The + sign should be ‘Up’ and the negative sign should be placed ‘Down’. Do a double check if your device is working or not and also to check if the battery has been inserted properly.

Looking after the battery            

The battery for a hearing aid has its specific maintenance routine which keeps it in good condition.

•  In places where there is loud noise, the aid has more work to do, which means more work for the battery. If you can then try to avoid too noisy places to conserve battery power.

•  Replace your battery before it is completely dead. Before dying, the battery either beeps or your aid emits some other kind of warning. So always be alert.

•  If you are going out somewhere, check the aid to see if your battery is fully charged or not.

•  If you are out of the house for a long time then don’t forget to carry spare batteries.

Get the battery out of the aid when you are not wearing it and store it in dry and cool place. Otherwise, the battery may last than it standard lifetime as it keeps getting discharges or gets corroded

•  Keep the battery compartment when you are not using the hearing aid.

Switch on/ off

The switch that powers your machine has a special maintenance procedure too.

Switch off your hearing aids when you remove it and when you are sleeping or at other times when you are not using it. This prevents useless power consumption

Keep the switch clean by wiping with soft cloth.

When you don’t use the Hearing Aid – You need to remove your aid from time to time depending on your audiologist’s recommendations.

Don’t keep the aid any and everywhere when you are not wearing it.

Do put the aid in the cool, Dry -Kit box that comes on purchasing the device every night to keep the aid in good condition and moisture free.

The mould

Many hearing aid users wear moulds in their ears. The mould is a piece of soft plastic, custom prepared to match the shape of the inside of your ear. It is also useful to prevent the earwax from coming in touch. The mould is a piece of soft plastic that is custom prepared to match the shape of the inside of your ear. It is also useful to prevent the earwax from coming in touch with the hearing aid, If the mould gets coated with wax or dirt then it may hamper clear transmission of sound. You may not only hear less clearly with your aid but your ear can also get damaged due to prolonged accumulation of dirt. So users should always clean the mould properly. The mould should fit well and not be loose.  It is too loose or cracked then must be replaced at the earliest. For young children who are growing, their ear canal also changes the shape. The custom mould therefore needs to be replaced accordingly each time. For very young children you may need to replace the mould once every 4-6 months.

The correct way to clean the mould

•  Use soap and water to gently wash the mould.

•  Remove the mould first from the receiver. Water should not touch the receiver.

•  Then use a soft brush to clean the dirt.

•  Dry the mould before putting it back on the receiver.

Casing:  Clean the outside of the aid with a soft cloth or brush

Tubing: Be especially careful with the delicate tubing. The opening tends to get dirty, with accumulated dirt or grime from contact with the skin, so clean it well to keep it free of blockage. Blocked tubing may even affect the performance of your device.

A special cleaner is also available to clean the parts of the aid. Ask your audiologist about it. He will tell you where you can buy it.

Mould: Keep the mould clean using water and soap.

Precautions when using the Hearing Aid

The parts of a hearing aid are quite delicate, and getting them wet may even lead to water damage. It may even void the warranty on your aid. If you need to wear your aid while swimming then discuss with your Audiologist. You may benefit from special aids that have water resistant technology.