The prosthetic follow-up
The prosthetic follow-up is necessary to facilitate your adaptation to the hearing aids. You will be able to discuss any difficulties encountered. Your audioprosthetist will be able, if necessary, to modify the settings to improve your listening comfort. At the conclusion of this meeting, a follow-up appointment will be set up according to the needs identified by the audioprosthetist. (3 to 6 months)
The annual prosthetic follow-up
During the lifespan of your hearing aids (on average 5 to 6 years), your audioprosthetist will have annual prosthetic follow-up with you. Your hearing aids represent the cutting edge of miniaturized technology. However, because your hearing aids are placed in your ears, heat, moisture and foreign matter can accumulate and deteriorate the performance or, worse still, prevent good performance. We thus recommend an adequate prosthetic follow-up which will ensure good performance. Use the maintenance products daily and visit your audioprosthetist on a regular basis (ideally twice per year), and you will benefit from doing so and get several years of optimal operation out of your hearing aids. Ask about our follow-up plan.
TIPS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF YOUR HEARING AIDS
- Never use alcohol, solvents, detergents or oils on hearing aids;
- Never wear hearing aids in the shower, bathtub, or sauna. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, or until your ears are dry, before putting the hearing aids back on;
- Check your pockets before doing your laundry to make sure you have removed your hearing aids;
- If a hearing aid comes into contact with water and stops working as a result, immediately remove the battery from the battery compartment. Using a hair dryer at the coolest setting, dry the battery compartment. Hold the hair dryer no closer than 18 inches (45 cm) from the hearing aid. Wait 24 hours before replacing the battery;
- Remove your hearing aids when applying hair spray. Make sure your hair is dry before replacing the hearing aids;
- If your hearing aids appear defective, do not attempt to repair them yourself. Your audioprosthetist is an expert at diagnosing hearing aid problems. If necessary, he or she will send them to the manufacturer for repairs. During the repairs you may choose to borrow hearing aids (Behind The-Ear models only);
- Be careful not to drop your hearing aids. During cleaning or battery replacement, work over a table-top covered with a clean cloth;
- Make sure you store your hearing aids in a dry place, out of the reach of children and pets;
- Examine your earmold regularly to determine if wax is blocking the opening. If so, try unplugging it with a wax loop, available from your audioprosthetist. If your earmold requires cleaning, carefully separate the earmold and tube from the hearing aid. You may immerse the earmold and tube in mildsoapy water. After rinsing, push air through the tube using an earmold air blower. Never blow into the tube with your mouth. Never use alcohol or abrasive products. See your audioprosthetist if you need a non-allergenic, germicidal cleaner or an earmold air blower for drying the tube.