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How to Put in Hearing Aids

Installation can be a challenging experience, but with practice it’ll become easier. Use this guide to gain the skills necessary for properly inserting and removing various types of hearing aids.

Bear in mind that blue shells, text, or dots identify left instruments while red ones indicate right ones.

In-the-ear (ITE)

Hearing aids are an investment in your overall health and well-being, helping you perform more efficiently at work while connecting more fully with friends and family at birthday parties, neighborhood barbecues and formal dinner events such as Beamie’s At The River. Hearing aids can make an impressive difference to your hearing, enabling you to better appreciate sounds around you at any time. But in order to reap all their advantages, they must be worn correctly. That means not only putting them in their proper places but also knowing how to remove and put back your hearing aids properly – both tasks require skill and knowledge; fortunately, neither special tools or skills are required – with practice you will soon become an expert at doing both tasks!

ITE (in-the-ear) hearing aid insertion processes tend to be fairly consistent across brands and models, although your experience may differ slightly depending on which one you purchase. Start by holding your hearing aid between thumb and index finger with its battery door facing outward, before gently placing its canal component in your ear canal while twisting its top portion, known as helix, until it comfortably nestles into your outer ear canal.

Once the helix is in place, use your index finger to gently nudge the earpiece into its proper place in your ear canal using slight pressure or circular movements of your hand toward the back of your head until you achieve optimal placement of your hearing aid. After placement is complete, your ITE hearing aid should fit seamlessly and seamlessly within your ear canal.

As another way of making sure that your hearing aids are correctly placed, take note of their color-coded markings on either their earpiece or case. Red usually indicates which side should go in your ear while blue points to which ear needs protection from accidental misuse – something which can significantly decrease hearing performance if worn improperly.

Removing ITE hearing aids varies slightly depending on their brand and model; in general, you should start by gripping the earpiece between thumb and forefinger, holding onto its removal handle (an extended rigid tube used to grip it) between thumb and index finger and positioning them both into your ear canal while pulling down on your upper half to open up access into it.

Receiver-in-canal (RIC)

RIC hearing aids feature a sound processor which sits behind your ear, connected to an earpiece which fits inside your ear canal. This type of design enables more compact hearing aids while still offering powerful features such as Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable batteries. To properly fit this type of hearing aid into your ears is of utmost importance.

One way to ensure this is by following the insertion instructions for your particular hearing aid style. Failing to do so could result in discomfort or even damage to the device itself – for instance, some IIC and CIC devices may require deep insertion that causes discomfort, leading to feedback loops if this is not done correctly – should this happen, please reach out to an audiologist immediately for advice.

For both ITE and BTE hearing aids, it’s essential that the ear mold fits perfectly. A device too large could push back into your ear canal and cause discomfort or cause it to fall out altogether. For best results, consult an audiologist who will perform a professional fitting service which allows them to assess which shape and size are ideal for comfortable insertion into your ears.

One of the most frequent errors people make with headphones or other electronic devices is failing to identify which side is at the top. While it can be challenging to see any physical dots on an earpiece, finding some kind of marker indicating which is which can be as simple as color marking (red for right ear and blue for left), serial number or label.

Once you’ve located the top of your hearing aid, carefully grasp it between index finger and thumb. Most RIC hearing aids have a removal filament you can use to pull it out from your ear canal; be careful as ripping can easily occur while handling. In such a situation, it is best to hold onto the device between thumb and forefinger to avoid accidental dislodging from its housing.

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

BTEs are the largest and most powerful hearing aid styles, featuring a small receiver in an ear dome or custom-molded earmold that sits deep within your ear canal. A thin plastic tube connects it to a small amplifier which boosts sounds before they reach your eardrum; powered by batteries, this system picks up sound in your environment before amplifying and channeling it directly to you through tubing – an audiologist can assess whether or not this type of aid would best suit you.

BTEs come in both mini and regular versions; mini BTEs offer smaller and less conspicuous devices that may better suit some individuals. Each mini BTE’s narrow tube connects to a flexible tip which sits inside your ear canal rather than against your eardrum, creating an open fit without an echo effect that the larger device might create. An audiologist will help determine whether mini BTE is right for you.

If you opt for a BTE hearing aid, the insertion process should be similar to wearing a RIC style hearing aid; however, you must take great care not to bend and compromise its effectiveness by kinking the tube when placing both ear dome and earmold in your ears as this could kink the tubing and compromise its effectiveness.

To insert a BTE, hold it between your index finger and thumb near its top dot or vent (depending on its model). Most manufacturers provide devices with color-coded indicators to indicate right or left hand devices – being aware of which hand to hold will help when it comes time to take your hearing aids off later on.

Once the earmold is in its proper spot, gently pull on your earlobe with one hand to further push it into your canal. Check that it fits by using a mirror; an audiologist can show you how to use your hands to test performance and adjust settings as necessary; they may also recommend practicing before trying it independently.

Custom earmolds

Custom ear molds are in-the-ear devices designed to serve one of two functions: amplifying sound or protecting against it. Custom-fitted to your specific ear canal size and shape, custom earmolds provide tight seal that stops sound escaping the microphone before returning and creating feedback loops (also known as ‘feedback).

Ear molds are typically attached to hearing aid receivers, which feature small speakers for amplifying sound. Detaching these receivers allows for convenient cleaning, maintenance, or repairs.

Installation of a custom ear mold should be straightforward. First, take off any eyeglasses you might be wearing and hold the ear mold between your thumb and index finger before inserting its narrow side into your ear canal as close as possible to its opening. Gently push back against your earlobe until its opening fits snugly against it – you should barely notice when looking in a mirror!

Regardless, if any discomfort occurs when wearing the hearing aid, remove and retry. Discomfort is not common with these hearing aids and is usually caused by improper technique or an unsuitably fitting ear mold. If this persists, contact a hearing health provider immediately for assistance.

Be mindful when handling an ear mold to not touch it directly on contaminated surfaces as this could spread germs and cause infection, which is especially critical for people suffering chronic hearing loss. Furthermore, daily cleaning and disinfection should take place.

Your hearing healthcare professional can offer advice and instructions for proper ear mold care and handling, with poor fitting ear molds being one of the main causes of feedback complaints among hearing aid users. If your ear mold does not fit properly, contact your provider for a remake – this process should be simple and relatively painless, and could dramatically improve both comfort and sound quality!

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