For most, their keys, cellphone and wallet are the absolute necessities when leaving the house. For the nearly 48 million people in Mechanicsburg and around the country with hearing loss, their hearing aid is more important. It is their connection to the world, and without it they can retreat to feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety.
If you lost your keys, cellphone or wallet, you could not simply go on with your life – you’d have to find the item. The same is true for a hearing aid.
So what happens if you lose your hearing aid? According to your hearing specialist, the most important thing is to remain calm. Once you start frantically searching, the battle is over and you lost. Instead of freaking out, follow the below steps put together by your Mechanicsburg audiologist.
Retrace Your Steps
Okay, we know this may be frustratingly simple, but the best advice we have is to retrace your steps. Have you already done that? Do it again.
When searching you should try to answer the following questions:
- When was the last time you remember wearing it?
- Where were you when you noticed it was missing?
If you think you might have lost your hearing aid in a public space, contact them as soon as possible; you can either call or drop by. Unlike a wallet or a cellphone, hearing aids are individualized and not something many would consider implementing the finders keepers law toward. So there is a pretty high chance that a good Samaritan will find your device and turn it in to a staff member. If the device has not been recovered yet, make sure to leave your contact information so they can let you know if it is found later.
If the last place you remember seeing your hearing aid was in your home, you should try searching strategically. Don’t forget to check your car, purse, briefcase, backpack and trashcans.
Contact Your Mechanicsburg Audiologist
If you have completed your search and came up empty handed, it is time to contact your Mechanicsburg audiologist. They will help you determine if your hearing aid came with a one-time loss or damage replacement policy (as many do).
Your Mechanicsburg audiologist will then help you determine your next steps.
While losing things is just part of life, below are some tips that can help prevent it from happening and thus losing your connection to the hearing world:
- Make sure your hearing aid fits securely. If they feel loose, let your hearing specialist know.
- When updating hearing aids, select one with built in technology to help you locate the device if it gets lost. This feature is like the popular “find my phone” app on your smartphone.
- Store your hearing aids in the same spot every night.
- Don’t get in the habit of taking your hearing aids out during the day and setting them aside.
For more information on keeping your hearing aids safe and working well, contact your Mechanicsburg audiologist today.