Whether it’s keys or a bag, we’ve all been there – we’ve misplaced something in a moment when we least expect it. It may seem unlikely to you that you may lose your hearing aids, as they play such an important role in your day to day life. If you’ve been using hearing aids for a while, or if you’ve just recently begun wearing them, you know that the sounds of life are drastically different with the use of hearing aids.
The sounds are clearer, conversations are easier to follow, and we don’t feel disconnected from the world around us. Without aids, sounds tend to be more muffled, and speakers’ voices are less clear – and when you reach to your ears to adjust the program or volume, you notice that they’re actually not in your ears!
So, what do you do? The first thing in a moment like this is to remain calm, even though it is an incredibly frustrating moment. By staying calm, you may be more likely to track down where you left your hearing aids.
The First Thing: Retrace Your Steps
Everyone tells you this when you lose something – but it’s true that it’s a good exercise! If you’ve been out and about, there are only a few moments where you may remove your hearing aids. For example, if you were at a restaurant and noticed it was pouring rain outside, you may have removed your aids before you exited the restaurant. Perhaps your aids are in a safe case or your pockets, or maybe you even forgot them on the table at the restaurant.
Other instances where you may remove aids may be the gym, or before exercising at home. Go back and check these places to see if your aids are there.
When we consider why we lose things, it is usually due to a break in routine. Something throws us off our normal schedule and we forget to do the crucial things we usually do. Let’s say you were exercising at home and got a call from someone, and you had to run out – chances are, your aids are still sitting in their safe case at home.
Ask for Assistance
Depending on your degree of hearing loss, you may experience challenges without your aids. Ask a friend or family member for help to make calls to different businesses or locations where your aids may be. They’ll be able to communicate more easily on the phone, which could save you some frustration.
If you’ve located your aids at a business or gym, ask them to store them in a safe, dry location for you until you can pick them up. As you know, moisture or heat could harm your hearing aids. You might not want to drive or take public transportation without your aids, so ask a loved one to give you a ride to pick them up!
If You Can’t Locate Your Hearing Aids
Give us a call at Gulf Gate Hearing Aids. Certain hearing aid manufacturers provide one-time loss or damage for the first year. We’ll be able to help to ascertain whether these policies apply to your aids.
If you have insurance on your aids, notify your provider. Find out what your coverage will provide, and give us a call to begin the process to replace your aids. If you haven’t yet, consider adding your hearing aids to your homeowner’s insurance, which tends to cover loss and/or damage of valuables.
How to Prevent the Loss of Your Hearing Aids
Obviously, preventing the loss of your hearing aids is the best way to ensure they do not go missing!
Before leaving for the day, pack a small, safe case to carry your aids if you have to take them out. This is especially recommended for people who exercise, hike, or participate in other athletic activities that require removal of your aids. Ask us about special clips that are available to secure your aids as well.
Regardless of your hearing aid style, a snug, secure fit is important to ensure that they stay in place. If you feel like your hearing aids are loose, come visit us at Gulf Gate. One key indication of loose aids is a whistling or buzzing – the sound of feedback.
Be sure to follow a routine when it comes to your hearing aids. When you go to bed at night, ensure that they are stored in a safe, dry location.