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The life expectancy for most hearing aids is five to seven years – but aids can last longer with proper maintenance. Follow-up care is perhaps as important, if not more important, than the hearing aid chosen.
At Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat, we recommend cleaning everyday using the tools provided with the hearing aid. This just takes a couple of minutes. Brush the entire hearing aid including the microphone and receiver. Scoop any loose wax out of the receiver with the Wax Loop and push any debris out with the Vent Cleaner.
Take care to avoid contact with moisture or other like elements such as lotions or hairspray.
Animals love the sound hearing aids make. To them they are a toy. Hearing aids should be kept out of reach of animals and small children.
Battery life varies among different hearing aids. The average life is 5-7 days. We recommend you pick one day of the week to be the day you always change your battery. Leaving the battery door open at night slows down the battery drain and also helps to dry up any moisture inside the hearing aid.
All hearing aids purchased at Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat include a comprehensive maintenance plan. Every 3 months throughout the life of the hearing aid, the patient is invited to come into our office for a cleaning and checkup of the hearing aid. During this appointment, the ear canal is examined for wax, the hearing aid shell is cleaned, a listening check of the aid is done, and the microphone and receiver are examined for debris. We also take this opportunity to visit with each patient to determine if they are continuing to successfully use their hearing aids.
Batteries are included with our hearing aids. We provide one four-pack of batteries each month per hearing aid. We ask that batteries be changed once a week. This provides the best possible power for the hearing aid thus minimizing repairs and problems. Also, when changed once a week, the likelihood of the hearing aid battery dying just when you need the aid the most is significantly minimized.
Repairs needed outside the warranty by the manufacturer will involve additional charges.
This plan is also available to those who have purchased a hearing aid at MKENT prior to March 1, 2002, for a one-time flat rate of $150.00 per ear. If you purchased your aid elsewhere, the one-time flat rate is $200.00 per ear.
Call Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat Associates at 316-684-2838 for more information or to schedule an appointment.