Hearing aid technology has advanced rapidly in the last handful of years, and for individuals who are just now exploring their options for the first time, the amount of styles on the market may seem overwhelming. Whether you want a small device that integrates the latest technology or would rather have a more basic model that’s easy to use, there’s a hearing aid for every budget and lifestyle. Our practice only partners with the leading brands in the hearing aid industry to ensure that you have access to devices that are high-quality, comfortable, and affordable. The team at Midwest Audiology Center has been helping patients select the right device for their needs for over 20 years.
Hearing Aids We Carry
We carry the following major brands of hearing aids:
Hearing Aid Fittings and Programming
People who use hearing aids often say that these small devices are one of the best investments they’ve ever made. Yet in order to get the most out of your purchase, your hearing aids will need to be appropriately fit and adjusted. Along with our professional recommendations, your patience and persistence is key in utilizing your devices to their fullest potential. Once you’ve acclimated to this new way of hearing, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to visit us!
During a hearing aid fitting and programming appointment, the team at Midwest Audiology Center will calibrate your devices to meet your specific needs. The type and extent of your hearing loss as well as your lifestyle will all determine exactly how your devices are adjusted, and we rely on your feedback to let us know how your hearing aids are working for you.
We’ll be sure to give you all of the information and tools needed to excel with your devices from day one, including tips on how to clean and care for them, how to replace their batteries, and how to store them. If your hearing aids come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity or other advanced features, our team will ensure that you feel comfortable taking advantage of everything your device has to offer.
Remember, it can take some time to get used to the way the world sounds with your hearing aids, so it’s best to take a slow and steady approach. Many of our patients wear their hearing aids for longer periods of time each day until they’ve fully adjusted while others are so excited that they use their devices full-time from the start. At Midwest Audiology Center we recommend that you do whatever feels most comfortable for you, but remember that our staff is always here to answer any questions and offer support along the way.
We recommend scheduling follow-up visits during the first few weeks after receiving your hearing aids, and these visits along with regular maintenance and routine evaluations will help to keep your hearing healthy for years to come. The keys to your success rest in your patience while acclimating to your hearing aids and making sure that you communicate your needs so that we can calibrate your devices to achieve optimum performance.
Caring For Your Hearing Aids
Your hearing aids don’t need much in order to function effectively, but a little bit of daily care will help to go a long way toward their longevity. Remember the following simple tips for the cleaning, storage, and care of your devices and enjoy their effectiveness for years to come:
- Thoroughly wipe your hearing aids daily with a dry, soft cloth.
- Never use water or any cleansers on your devices; they must always stay dry.
- Store your aids in a dehumidifier kit to reduce moisture.
- Regularly remove earwax from your device using a wax loop or brush.
- Keep sounds crisp by changing your wax filters every 1-2 months or whenever sounds seem weak.
- If your earmolds or tubing become stiff, dry, discolored, or cracked, schedule an appointment with us for a replacement.
- Leave the battery door open when you are not wearing your hearing aid.
- Protect your device from moisture and humidity by storing it in a cool, dry place.
- Keep your aid away from excessive heat.
- Hearing aids should be kept in a protective case. Never put them in your pocket or wrap them in a tissue.
- Small hearing aids are a choking hazard. Keep them out of reach from pets and children.
- Hearing aids should always stay dry. Remove them before showering, swimming, or entering a sauna or steam shower.
- If your devices get wet, immediately open the battery door and remove the battery. Call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure they have not become damaged.
- Personal products like hair spray, sunscreen, makeup, or lotion can damage your devices. Remove your hearing aids before using these items.
- Contact our office to schedule routine maintenance and performance checks.
- Handle your hearing aids with care and avoid dropping or banging them on hard surfaces.