Hearing

Hearing Health

Hearing Health

Your hearing health should not be treated any differently than your dental health (2 cleanings per year) or your vision health (1 exam every 2 years). Most adults haven’t had their hearing tested since they were in grade school.  When was the last time you had your hearing tested?  

Take charge of your hearing health, and follow this Hearing Health Maintenance Timetable:

Type of Evaluation Recommended For Time Period Purpose Benefit
Hearing Screening Babies

Kids

Adults

Birth

Grade School

Workplace Health Evaluation

A quick test to see if you need a more comprehensive hearing test. Hearing is a big part of learning development for children (e.g., speech, language, social skills). Early detection of issues is important.

For adults, it may be required as a condition of employment.

Baseline Hearing Test Young Adults Age 21 Tells the audiologist what your hearing is at that point in time. When you are older, the audiologist can compare your baseline test to more recent tests to see how much your hearing has changed.
Regular Hearing Tests Adults Every 10 years
Until age 50; After Age 50, Every 3 Years
Having regular hearing tests helps the audiologist understand how your hearing has changed over time. Knowing your hearing health history will help audiologists prescribe the best treatment options for you.

Infinity Hearing’s Hearing Evaluations

At Infinity Hearing, with locations in Kittery and Sanford, they provide very thorough and quick hearing evaluations, usually taking no more than 20 minutes. They perform comprehensive hearing assessments for children 2.5 years and older, adults, and seniors. Once completed, they will provide you with a complete report with the interpretation of results and recommendations. They will also send a copy of the report to your physician.

To learn more, check out Infinity Hearing’s website page on Hearing Evaluations.

Why are Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations important?
Diagnostic hearing evaluations identify hearing loss and give your audiologist important information to help determine the best course of action for treatment. Some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or surgically, so it’s important that these types of hearing loss be ruled out before hearing aids or other treatments are considered.

If it is determined that you could benefit from hearing aids, a diagnostic hearing evaluation can help your audiologist determine which hearing aids will be most appropriate for your needs.

Do hearing aids work for everyone?

Whether or not a hearing aid will work for you usually depends on the type of hearing loss or the degree of hearing loss you may have.

To learn more, check out Infinity Hearing’s website page on Hearing Loss.

How do you know which hearing aid is best for you?

If your hearing test reveals permanent hearing loss, your hearing specialist may recommend a hearing aid for one or both ears. Your hearing specialist will explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid (or hearing aids) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids.  In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing specialist will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your financial circumstances. However, the final decision regarding which hearing aid to purchase is yours.

When selecting a hearing aid style, Infinity Hearing’s hearing specialists consider the following factors to ensure you get the right hearing aid for your needs:

  • The degree of hearing loss (power requirements)
  • Manual dexterity and visual abilities
  • Patient budget
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anatomical/medical considerations

Why Choose Infinity Hearing?

Infinity Hearing is an independently owned Audiology practice serving Kittery and the outlying communities of York County in Southern Maine. Being an independently owned practice means that Infinity Hearing is not owned by hearing aid manufacturing companies like other audiology practices are in the area.

At Infinity Hearing, they are committed to helping others with their hearing issues. Whether it is tinnitus, hyperacusis, hearing loss, or any other hearing health issue, the audiologists take a patient-centric approach to providing the best possible care for their patients, ensuring that all their needs are considered and met.

Voted Best Hearing Aid Center in Wells and Ogunquit, ME!

Contact Infinity Hearing for all your hearing health care needs. You can reach them at (207) 451-2700 to schedule an appointment.


10 Care Tips for Hearing Aids

10 Care Tips for Hearing Aids

10 Care Tips for Hearing Aids

Follow these 10 useful care tips for your hearing aids to minimize any potential problems. Taking proper care of your hearing aids will ensure they last for many years.

Handle With Care

  • Wash your hands and dry them before you put on your hearing aids, as dirt and moisture can block the tiny microphone.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

  • Remove before showering, bathing, or swimming
  • Keep them away from moisture (don’t leave them in a bathroom), as moisture and condensation may damage the electronics.

Clean Your Hearing Aids Regularly

  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth daily
  • Never use alcohol, solvents or cleaning agents

Keep Your Hearing Aids in a Safe Place

  • Place them safely in their carrying case each night

  • Keep them away from pets and small children

Clean Your Ears Regularly

  • Avoid earwax build-up from clogging earmolds
  • Do not use cotton swabs to clean your ears
  • Check out our page on Earwax Management

Remove the Battery At Night

  • Leave the battery compartment open so moisture can escape
  • Use a special drying aid available from your audiologist

Avoid Contact with Hairspray or Make-Up

  • Put your hearing aids on after using hairspray or applying make-up to avoid clogging the microphone input and volume control switch.

Leave All Repairs to an Expert

  • Don’t try to repair your hearing aids yourself
  • Never use a screwdriver or oil on your hearing aids, as you can damage sensitive micromechanical and electronic systems.

Extend Hearing Aid Battery Life

  • Remove batteries when hearing aids are not in use for a while to avoid corrosion and damage to hearing aids.
  • Don’t store hearing aids in the refrigerator or bathroom, as extreme temperatures (hot or cold) and high humidity levels are not good for the life of your hearing aid batteries.
  • Don’t remove the plastic tab from each pack’s battery until you are ready to use it.

 See Your Audiologist Regularly

  • Schedule follow-up appointments with your audiologist every 6 months to a year to check your hearing aid function and performance, to fix any problems, and to get a thorough cleaning.

With proper maintenance of your hearing aid device, you can make them last many years and protect your financial investment.

Hearing Aid Maintenance FAQs

There are a few reasons why your hearing aid may fail to work. You can troubleshoot for the following problems, and see if these quick fixes will restore function.

  1. Earwax build-up or dirt on the speaker and microphone can cause a blockage. Use the small tool that came with your hearing aid to remove any debris. If your hearing aid comes with a wax guard, replace it every 2 to 3 weeks to reduce wax build-up. If you are unclear how to change one, contact your audiologist for assistance.
  2. The battery may be weak or dead. Try replacing it with a new battery to see if the function is restored.
  3. Check the battery compartment to make sure there isn’t any corrosion. Moisture and humidity can cause battery erosion. Use a drying kit to keep it as dry as possible.

If none of these quick fixes restores function to your hearing aids, your audiologist may be able to troubleshoot and fix them in the office. If not, your hearing aids will be sent out to the manufacturer for repair.

Moisture can get into your hearing aids through the battery compartment or via the tube or wire that goes into your ear canal. Moisture can also get into your hearing aids as the result of extreme climate temperatures (hot and cold).

If your hearing aid got wet, do the following:

  • Remove it from the water as soon as possible and shake out any excess water.
  • Turn it off and remove the battery. Throw away that battery.
  • Remove the tube (if you have one) and dry it with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Use a hairdryer on low heat from a distance (to avoid extreme heat on your device) or a fan to blow it dry. If you don’t have either, leave it out to air dry with the battery compartment open.

It may take 2 days for your hearing aid to dry. Once you are satisfied that it is dry, put in a new battery and turn it on. If the hearing aid fails to turn on, contact your audiologist for assistance. The hearing aid may need to be sent out to the manufacturer for repair to restore function.

Hearing aid dryers work as dehumidifiers, and the other added benefit is that they can help to sanitize your devices using either ultraviolet (UV) or chemical sanitation. Check out Hearing Health’s “Best Hearing Aid Dryers: 2019 Buyer’s Guide” if you are interested in getting one.

You can use a hearing aid dryer every time you clean your hearing aid.

To clean your hearing aids and earpieces each day, use a soft, dry cloth. Do not use water, alcohol wipes, or any other solvents as these could damage your hearing aids.

If your hearing aid has an earmold, remove the earmold and tubing from the hearing aid. You may use warm water and mild soap to wash the earmold. Once cleaned, carefully dry it being careful to remove any moisture from the tubing. Allow it to dry overnight, and reattach it to your hearing aid in the morning.

You should clean the earmold weekly or as needed.

If you are unsure how to care for your hearing aids or if you feel they need special attention, you can always consult with your audiologist.