It’s probably not surprising to hear that many of us might misplace important things such as car keys, sunglasses, or the TV remote, more often than we’d like to admit. What may surprise you, however, is how often people misplace or lose their hearing aids! Hearing devices nowadays are smaller and more discreet, which could be the underlying reason people lose them so often. Thankfully, there are a few good habits to learn to help prevent misplacing your hearing aids!
Find a Routine and Stick To It
We all know the feeling of coming home from a long day and wanting to get in bed to relax. A routine makes it easy to simply take out our hearing aids and place them on the nearest table, desk, or even on the bed next to us. This is where misplacement, or sometimes even damage, can happen. Making sure you’re repetitively placing your hearing aids in a safe area is key to ensuring they’re never misplaced.
Creating a daily routine for yourself that incorporates where you place your hearing aids once the day is over seems like a simple fix to lost hearing aids. However, coming up with a routine is the easy part, but sticking to that routine is what can be difficult. If you live an adventurous or spontaneous lifestyle, the word “routine” probably isn’t even in your vocabulary, so creating one and being consistent with it can be a daunting task. Once you create a routine that fits perfectly in your lifestyle, it can make all the difference. Feeling confident that you know where your hearing aids are at all times when they’re not in your ears can offer security with your precious hearing devices!
Some options for a nightly hearing aid routine are:
Before showering, place them in a special case located outside the bathroom area.
When preparing to head to bed, place your hearing aids in a designated spot in a nightstand drawer.
Placing your rechargeable hearing aids within their charging bay before bed.
With technology advancing constantly, there are hearing aid models available with a simple rechargeability option. This type of hearing aid model should be placed on the charging bay nightly to ensure a full day’s power the next morning. This also provides an advantage of not misplacing your hearing devices due to the fact that they typically have to be recharged nightly. So, in the morning when you wake up, you’ll always know the location of your hearing aids.
Repairs and Replacements
Generally, when someone happens to lose or misplace their hearing aids, a Loss and Damage (L&D) order can be sent in from your audiologist for a replacement. Depending on your warranty for your hearing devices, you can know if you qualify to file for an L&D. Without it, then you may be liable to pay for an entirely new hearing aid device.
Sometimes wearers that misplace their hearing aids end up finding them in strange places with possibly minor repairs needed. At Trusted Hearing Center, repairs for our patient’s hearing aids can usually be made in-house free of charge, but every hearing practice is different. Make sure to call to check on a repair charge if you need any possible in-house repairs.