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This is how you put your hearing aid in and take it out

A modern hearing aid is particularly small and inconspicuous. This may be hard to imagine if you've never seen it before. These new devices can be placed either just behind your ear or in your ear. There they are then almost invisible. For you as a hearing aid wearer, the hearing aid is not only practical, but also very discreet. But if the model is very small, then you may initially imagine the handling to be very difficult. With a little practice, however, you shouldn't have any problems with it. You insert the small hearing aid in the morning and take it out again in the evening. Using this tiny hearing system will soon become a daily routine for you.

There are different types of hearing aids. A distinction is made between in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) with an earpiece and behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE) with an open fitting. With the latter, the sound tube and the earpiece are placed in the external ear canal so that the ear remains better ventilated. In ITE devices, the external auditory canal is practically closed by an ear mold. The ear is still very well ventilated. To be able to insert and remove your hearing aids quickly in everyday life, you only need a few simple tricks and moves. Removing and inserting is no longer a hassle for you after a short time and you can hear well at all times.

Use your hearing aid skillfully

What you should do before inserting your hearing aid:

Always make sure that your ears and hands are clean and dry.

To make it easier for you to find your hearing system again if you drop it, you should always use a single-colored pad. Make sure that you never insert or remove your tiny hearing aid over an open sink or sink drain.

Do you wear hearing aids in both ears? Then get in the habit of always starting the procedure on the same ear. Make sure you have chosen the right device for each ear. Your hearing aids are individually adapted to the hearing performance of your ears. This is not the same for both ears.

Your ear, nose and throat doctor or hearing care professional will help you adjust your hearing system. In the beginning you can use a mirror. Over time, however, you will quickly get a feel for how you can insert and remove your hearing aid blindly.

The difference between left and right

Make sure you don't mix up your hearing aids if you have a left and a right. The respective hearing aid is programmed very differently than the other. Therefore, pay attention to the colored markings on the hearing aid. You can find this either on the receiver or on the housing itself. The red color stands for the right ear, the blue color for the left.

How to use your in-the-ear hearing aid

  • Gently take the hearing aid between your thumb and forefinger.
  • You position the narrow side in your ear canal.
  • Now pull your earlobe very carefully and gently push the hearing aid into the correct position.

Handling your hearing aid with the earmold

  • You take the back of your earmold between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Now you position the hearing aid very carefully in your ear.
  • Very carefully push the part that is pointing into your ear canal into position.
  • Then you slide the part that belongs in the top corner of the ear into place.
  • Finally, gently pull your earlobe down with your other hand. You can use this trick to press the eartip firmly into your ear.

Inserting your hearing aid with an open fitting

  • You take your hearing aid between your thumb and forefinger and place it directly behind your ear.
  • With the other hand, you guide the sound hose from behind over your ear forward.
  • You carefully push the small shade of the sound hose into your ear canal.
  • You place the plastic support in your earcup so that the umbrella sits firmly in your ear.

Remove your in-ear hearing aid

If your hearing aid has a pull-out thread:

  • You grab the pull-out thread with your thumb and index finger.
  • Now you carefully pull your hearing aid up from your ear.

If your hearing aid does not have a pull-out thread:

  • You put your thumb behind your earlobe.
  • Now you press your ear carefully upwards with your thumb. This will push the hearing aid out of your ear canal. For support, you can make chewing movements. Through the jaw movements you loosen your hearing aid. This makes it easier for you to take it out.
  • Once your hearing aid protrudes far enough from your ear canal, you can grab it with your thumb and index finger and pull it out.

How to take out your behind-the-ear hearing aid

  • Get your hearing aid out behind your ear and bring it to your ear.
  • Grab the small screen or earpiece with your thumb and index finger.
  • Now you carefully pull the earpiece out of your ear.

As soon as you take your hearing aid out of your ear in the evening, you should perform the daily routine cleaning. For the right care and cleaning you will find here useful tips and hints.

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