Alpine Observer - North East Regional Extra

Have you lost a hearing aid?

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WHAT happens when a hearing aid user loses that tiny bit of technology which can be their connection to hearing everything around them?

During the past two years, there has been an increase in the number of behind-the-ear hearing aids lost and the primary reason for this can be attributed to facemasks.

When a hearing aid user removes a facemask, it is helpful to use a technique less likely to dislodge the aid.

We recommend lifting the top elastic upwards, then using finger and thumb to separate and lift the strap from behind the ear without catching the hearing aid.

It can be helpful to wait until you are back in the car to remove the facemask, as you will know where to look if a hearing aid falls off.

If, despite all your best intentions, you have lost a hearing aid, don’t despair completely.

Many people are fortunate enough to locate the aid by carefully re-tracing their steps.

Sometimes hearing aids have been found in the strangest locations, for example, between the seat and the car door, in a garden bed just outside where the car was parked, in a crevice of a favourite chair or even caught in a jumper after removal.

Wherever the hearing aid has ended up, if you cannot locate the aid, be sure to let your hearing aid provider know it is missing.

If your hearing aids were fully subsidised through the Hearing Services Program (for people on the pension or an eligible DVA card), you will probably be able to access a replacemen­t hearing aid at reduced cost.

If you had insurance on hearing aids which were purchased, you may have an insurance claim - be sure to contact your insurer to determine what informatio­n they may require.

If you do not currently have insurance on your purchased hearing aids, we strongly recommend contacting your insurer to arrange this.

If you find a lost hearing aid, its owner will be grateful to receive it back.

We suggest you drop a found hearing aid into the clinic or perhaps the police station, as the aid’s serial number can be used to find the owner.

Hearing businesses want to assist people to get the most out of their hearing aids, and this includes arranging for replacemen­t when the aid is lost or damaged beyond repair.

Sometimes we may even have a loaner hearing aid which can be programmed for you to use until your new hearing aid arrives.

Wangaratta Audiology’s motto is “Everybody deserves to communicat­e!” and this includes people who have inadverten­tly lost a hearing aid.

Please call us on 5722 4433 to let us know if we can assist you.

 ?? with Diana Bienvenu, Audiologis­t, Wangaratta Audiology ?? ◆ THE SEARCH IS ON: Lost hearing aids have been found in some unusual and surprising locations.
with Diana Bienvenu, Audiologis­t, Wangaratta Audiology ◆ THE SEARCH IS ON: Lost hearing aids have been found in some unusual and surprising locations.

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