How often do you lose things? Keys, wallet, phone, remote control? It’s so common that many of us have now even invested in devices to help us find our lost things and technology developers have created locator services as part of their devices (find my iPhone, anyone?). In fact, according to a 2017 survey, the average person spends 2.5 days per year looking for lost things. That adds up to a lot of lost time and money.
But what happens when that lost thing is a hearing aid? Hearing health care providers are the first to say that lost hearing aids are more common than most of us realize.
Lost hearing aids
Hearing aids may not be the first thing you think of when you think of lost devices, but they are a commonly lost item that is essential for those with hearing loss. As with keys and phones, they can end up just about anywhere, but unlike them, they are smaller and potentially more challenging to find. Here are some common ways they end up lost:
- The family dog chews it up – whether it’s your dog or a family or family or friend’s dog when you’re a house guest, hearing aids can look like a tasty, bite-sized treat to dogs. Hearing health care providers report that this is one of the most common ways hearing aids wind up lost or damaged.
- Falls out in the yard or outdoors – a quick Google search shows just how common this one is as people frantically request ways to find lost hearing aids in the grass. Whether it’s during yard work at home or a bbq at the local park, hearing aids can become loose and fall out.
- Placed in pockets for safe-keeping – occasionally, hearing aid users are tempted to take out their devices and drop them in pockets instead of storage containers. A snug pocket may seem like a safe place to temporarily store them, but it’s also a good opportunity for the hearing aids to be dropped as they work themselves out of the pocket (or are pulled out with something else) or be forgotten and end up in the washing machine.
- Set aside and forgotten – Just like with keys and remote controls, sometimes hearing aids are removed, set down and then forgotten. Was it on the end table? The kitchen counter? Or somewhere so unusual you won’t find it again until long after you’ve had to replace it?
These are just some of the ways hearing aids are lost, which is why many hearing healthcare providers make it part of their process to help clients avoid these situations and the added costs of hearing aid replacements.
Protecting your investment
Purchasing a hearing aid is an investment in your hearing and overall health. Protect that investment with tips like these:
- Get the fit right – Ill-fitting hearing aids can easily fall out without you realizing it and become lost. Work with your hearing healthcare provider to get a comfortable and secure fit that will keep them in place as you go about your day.
- Store them safely – Make it a habit to store hearing aids in their case with the lid tightly closed whenever they are not in your ear. This can help prevent misplaced hearing aids, dog-chewed hearing aids and hearing aids that are moved, dropped or otherwise lost.
- Use accessories – If you have something especially active on the agenda, consider using hearing aid clips to prevent lost hearing aids.
- Opt for location services – As technology advances, so do options for finding lost hearing aids. Some devices now come equipped with locator technology that can help you find them. If you are buying new hearing aids, consider those with this feature for added peace of mind.
Don’t let your hearing aids get lost. Follow these tips and work with your hearing health care provider to protect your investment.
If you’ve lost your hearing aids or need a fitting to make them more secure and prevent a loss, contact our office to learn more.