Several days in a row, my inability to hear has been tracked down to the receiver coming out of my ear. In each instance, the hearing aid was beginning to fall off as a result of the receiver issue. Each time, I was pleased to know that the hearing aid would never really fall off, but it was starting to be a nuisance. When you can't hear, it's hard to know when the hearing aids are not working as designed. Finally, after some detective work, I realized the dome was failing and that caused it to not fit properly in my ear any longer. New dome, problem solved. Without the Safety Aid, the hearing aid could have fallen off while I was sorting out the issue! So I was indeed saved by my Safety Aid®!
When I first started wearing my Hearing Aid Safety Aids™, the objective was to prevent the loss of the hearing aids. However, there is another benefit to wearing Safety Aids that isn't readily obvious. The Hearing Aid Safety Aid helps keep your hearing aid behind your ear and the receiver where it is supposed to be: In your ear canal. The subtle pressure of having the chain hanging while connected to your earring is enough to cause your hearing aid to sit better behind your ear! The receiver doesn't "walk out of" your ear as easily. Taking your glasses on/off will not be as disruptive to your hearing aids - you will still get noise interference if the bows knock into the microphones but the hearing aids are going to stay put when you have your Hearing Aid Safety Aids attached. Good news for all of you who wear glasses part time, or who have trouble keeping the receiver in your ear canal!
A couple of years ago, I went to a funeral in Detroit, got a cold, and wound up with hearing aids as a result. It wasn’t quite that straightforward, but that’s how it seemed. The actual story is far more complicated.
Several doctor visits (and lots of hand wringing) later, I was fitted with Widex behind-the-ear hearing aids. As with all new hearing aid wearers, the adjustment period was protracted. What became clear, though, was that I do not hear well without them. Staying engaged and involved is quite difficult when you can’t hear.
My Widex hearing aids are small and light-weight. Because they are so unobtrusive, after a while, you can forget (sort of…..) that you are wearing hearing aids. And therein lies the challenge: because they are so lightweight, they can be dislodged easily.
After I found my right hearing aid in the neck of my shirt one day (who knew it was gone?), I developed a habit of checking for my hearing aids. I was constantly checking for them. Several times per hour, I checked to be sure that both hearing aids were still on my head. The continuous checking fixed it so that I could never forget that I had hearing aids. It was becoming too much to think about. I wanted to protect my investment, but not at the cost of using up so much brain power. What I wanted was peace of mind!
The constant checking caused me to start thinking about how I could prevent the hearing aids from falling off. I needed a way to connect them to my head. I started thinking about the safety chains that one puts on arm bracelets so that if the bracelet opens, it doesn’t fall off. It seemed like it should work for a hearing aid too, but there was no way to attach the safety chain to my head. If I just had a hole in my head that I could use to attach a safety chain….. Then it dawned on me: I do have a hole in my head, and it’s in my ear lobe for my pierced earrings.
With that thought, the Hearing Aid Safety Aid TM (Patent Pending) came to life. It is a simple device that attaches easily to the hearing aid and then to the pierced earring. It has changed how I feel about wearing my hearing aids! With the Hearing Aid Safety Aid in place, there is no chance I can lose my hearing aids. When I need one or both of them off for any period of time, they can hang freely from my ear but don’t need to be put away. This allows me to take my hearing aids off for the doctor or to avoid loud noises without having to find a secure place to store them. A napkin or a Kleenex is not secure. Your pocket is not secure. The Hearing Aid Safety Aid is secure and since your hearing aid is hanging from the side of your head, it is difficult to forget where it is!
The Hearing Aid Safety Aid Company markets and distributes Hearing Aid Safety Aids in several lengths and two styles. For more information, check us out at http://www.hasafetyaid.com/! Wear your hearing aids with confidence. Remember, there is very little that anyone says that is worth repeating, but it is all worth hearing the first time.