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This is how you insert and remove your hearing aid

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A modern hearing aid is quite small and unobtrusive. You might find that hard to imagine if you've never seen it before. These new devices can be placed either directly behind your ear or inside your ear. There they are almost invisible. For you as a hearing aid user, the hearing aid is not only practical, but also visually very discreet. However, if the model is very small, you may find it very difficult to handle at first. With a little practice, however, you should have no problems at all. You insert the small hearing aid in the morning and take it out again in the evening. So the handling of this tiny little hearing aid will soon become a daily routine for you.

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There are different types of hearing aids. A distinction is made between in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) with an ear mould and behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE) with an open fitting. In the latter, the sound tube and earpiece are placed in the external ear canal so that the ear remains better ventilated. With ITE devices, the outer ear canal is virtually closed off by an earpiece. However, 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 handles. So the removal and insertion is already after a short time no more effort for you and you can always hear well.

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Use your hearing aid skillfully

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What you should do before inserting your hearing aid:

Always make sure your ears and hands are clean and dry

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To make it easier to find your hearing aid if you happen to drop it, you should always use a plain-colored pad as a general rule. Make sure you never insert or remove your tiny hearing aid over an open sink or sink drain.

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

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Your ear, nose and throat doctor or your hearing care professional will help you adjust your hearing system. In the beginning, feel free to use a mirror. But you'll quickly get a feel over time for how to insert and remove your hearing aid, even blindly.

The difference of left and right

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Make sure you don't mix up your hearing aids if you have a left and a right. This is because each hearing aid is programmed quite differently from the other. Therefore, pay attention to the color markings of the hearing aid. You will find these either on the receiver or on the housing itself. The red color stands for the right ear, the blue color for the left.

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This is how you insert your in-the-ear hearing aid

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  • Gently place the hearing aid between your thumb and index finger
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  • Position the narrow side in your ear canal.
  • Now, very gently, pull on your earlobe and gently push the hearing aid into position.

Handling your hearing aid with earmold

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  • You take the back side of your earmold between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Now position the hearing aid very gently in your ear.
  • Press the part that points into your ear canal into place extremely carefully.
  • Then push the part that belongs in the upper corner of your ear into place.
  • Finally, with your other hand, pull your earlobe down slightly. This trick will allow you to press the earmold firmly into your ear.

Inserting your hearing aid with an open fitting

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  • Take your hearing aid between your thumb and forefinger and place it directly behind your ear
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  • With your other hand, guide the sound tube from behind your ear to the front.
  • Gently push the small screen of the sound tube into your ear canal.
  • Place the plastic support in your ear canal so that the umbrella sits firmly in your ear.

Take out your in-the-ear hearing aid

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If your hearing aid has an extraction cord:

  • You grab the extension cord with your thumb and forefinger.
  • Now gently pull your hearing aid upward out of your ear.

If your hearing aid does not have an extraction cord:

  • You put your thumb behind your earlobe.
  • Now gently push up on your ear with your thumb. This will push the hearing aid out of your ear canal. You can make chewing movements to help. The jaw movements will loosen your hearing aid. This will make it easier for you to remove.
  • Once your hearing aid protrudes far enough from your ear canal, you can grasp it with your thumb and forefinger and pull it out.

This is how you take out your behind-the-ear hearing aid

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  • Hook your hearing aid out from behind your ear and bring it in front of your ear.
  • Grab the small screen or earmold with your thumb and forefinger.
  • Now carefully pull the earmold out of your ear.

Once you remove your hearing aid from your ear in the evening, you should perform routine daily cleaning. For proper care and cleaning you can find useful tips and advice here.

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