“In 2019, 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid,” reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those who wear hearing aids and are anticipating a hospital stay, there are a few things to keep in mind. We review how to manage your hearing aids during a hospital stay below.
Pack a Carrying Case
One of the most important things you should pack is your hearing aid carrying case. Whenever your hearing aids aren’t in your ears, they should be placed in the case.
Put It Somewhere Safe
You should have a safe place to consistently put your carrying case in to ensure your hearing aids aren’t lost. Don’t put your carrying case on your food tray, or it could be discarded with your leftovers and trash, and don’t put it in your pockets, where it could accidently be put through the laundry. Instead, keep it in your bedside drawers or in your backpack or suitcase.
Bring Spare Batteries
Purchase spare batteries from Dazey Hubbard’s off of Crater Lake Highway and bring them with you. This way, if your batteries die, you won’t be left unable to hear your health care provider or any visitors who come by.
Take Batteries Out When Not in Use
To extend your batteries’ lifespan, take them out of your hearing aids when you’re not using them. Also, open your battery doors so moisture can evaporate, as this will also help with battery life.
Communicate About Your Hearing Loss
Make sure you tell your health care team about your hearing loss and hearing aids. This way, they can accommodate your communication needs as well as give you time to put in your hearing aids before they give important instructions or information.
Get Help from Loved Ones
Your friends and family want to help and support you. If you need to, don’t feel bad for asking them to run to the store for more batteries or to help you keep track of your devices.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat Center today.