What should a hearing aid user pack on holidays?

Regardless of your mode of travel, consider putting together a small travel bag filled with the essentials you’ll need to keep your hearing aids working efficiently while you’re away from home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Batteries. The average hearing aid battery lasts between 5-14 days. Make sure you have enough batteries to last for the amount of time you’ll be gone. Hearing aid batteries are typically available from hearing aid centers and most major pharmacies; however, if you’re traveling outside the United States or EU to a remote location, you’ll want to make sure you have your own supply.
  2. Hearing aid dryer. If you don’t already have this equipment, consider investing in it. A hearing aid dryer, also known as a dehumidifier, is specifically designed to eliminate accumulated moisture in your hearing aids overnight.  If your vacation involves the beach or sport-related activities that exposes you to water or causes you to perspire, this dryer will remove any remaining moisture after you wipe them down. There are many varieties available on the market today, most of which are the size of a small cosmetics jar or jewellry box.
  3. Cleaning Tools. More than likely, your hearing aid center provided you with a cleaning kit when you purchased your hearing aids. Even though you’re on holidays, it’s still important to maintain a daily cleaning schedule. Consider purchasing an extra cleaning kit to keep in your travel bag.  they usually include a wax removal brush, wax removal pick, tube vent cleaner, hearing aid battery door opener, and battery magnet.
  4. Other accessories. If you wear a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, consider packing a few extra tubes. Plastic tubing is one of the first part of a hearing aid to wear out. You might also want to consider purchasing a hearing aid sweat band or sleeve for your BTE. These sleeves can keep your hearing aid dry and free of environmental debris, such as sand or dust.

Finally, if you have time before your holiday, consider scheduling a visit to your audiologist for a pre-holiday inspection. Your audiologist can check the fit and condition of your hearing aid, which may help identify impending problems before they occur.

For further information or to book your inspection contact Hidden Hearing.

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Suddenly I was deaf – It just came out of the blue!

As Chris Cooper switched on the car ignition to begin his half-hour journey home, a loud, unexplained humming began in his ears. By the time he drew up outside his home near Winchester, he could barely hear the music on his car radio. ‘The sound was like a lawnmower, and at first I thought it was coming from outside,’ says Chris, 54, a business director. ‘I turned up the radio but couldn’t hear the music. ‘I began to panic, but tried to reassure myself that I probably had wax in my ear.’The next morning Chris was still barely able to hear a thing, and when his wife Gill, 50, spoke to him it sounded like ‘a muffled Dalek’.

He was shocked to be told that he had suffered sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or sudden deafness — a condition which affects thousands of Britons each year, and which can occur without warning, affecting one or, as in Chris’s case, both ears. Chris had never heard of the condition before.

The condition can be triggered by various things, says Andrew Camilleri, ear, nose and throat surgeon at the University Hospital of South Manchester and the Alexandra BMI Hospital in Cheshire. ‘The blood supply to the ear may be suddenly cut off by a blood clot or thrombosis in the cochlear artery. ‘This can happen randomly, though the overweight, elderly and those with a history of vascular problems are also more at risk. Sudden hearing loss can even be triggered by a virus, such as a cold, which can go on to attack the ear, damaging blood vessels and the cochlea.  Or a bacterial infection can also trigger it.

Modern medicine is yet to offer any real hope, other than a cochlear transplant — a surgically electronic hearing device, often referred to as a bionic ear — to those who are profoundly deaf in both ears.

Patients are unlikely to get full hearing and have to wear a microphone, speech processor and radio transmitter coil.

This has left Chris with no choice but to get used to life without clarity of sound.

‘At first I just thought this is so bloody unfair. And I desperately wish I’d have been treated sooner.

‘But I tell myself lots of people have far worse disabilities, such as losing limbs or their sight. I used to be a windsurfer instructor, and when I really want some therapy I go sailing.

‘Out there with nature I can enjoy the silence.

‘In everyday life I have no other choice but to endure it, so I do the best I can.’

If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing.

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