4 Things That Make Your Hearing Aid Batteries Run Down Faster

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you rely on a hearing aid for everyday use, drained batteries leave you disoriented and trying to cope until you can get the right replacements. Maximizing the lifespan of each set of hearing aid batteries saves money and eliminates at least some of those late night trips to the pharmacy. Learning the four most common reasons the batteries run down faster than usual could help you get more out of each set. Extra Features Each extra feature added to a basic hearing aid increases the power it needs to run. These features include Direct audio input drivers for connecting the device like a pair of headphones Directional amplifiers to pick up sounds from certain directions at a higher volume T-coils to prevent high pitched feedback from telephones and other microphones If you don’t use or need these features, consider switching to a simpler model without them or simply turn them off. Running as few extra features as possible helps your hearing aid batteries last as long as possible. Loud Noise Levels The amplification process that allows a hearing aid to help you responds to the noise levels around you. If you go to a rock concert or spend your day monitoring a playground where the kids scream constantly, you’ll see a major drain on your batteries because high noise levels use more power than low ones. Limiting the time you spend in very noisy environments is also good for your aural health, aside from reducing power loss in your hearing aid. Humidity Problems Like most closed cell batteries, hearing aid power sources are very sensitive to humidity levels. Low humidity causes the battery to dry out, especially the common zinc air type that create electricity by reacting with oxygen. High humidity can cause voltage leaks too, so both high and low levels of moisture in the air leave your battery dead before its time. Overnight Drains You know to take your hearing aid out at night to keep ear wax from clogging up the speaker holes. However, do you remember to take the battery out too? Removing the battery and storing it in a separate sealed container reduces drain when the device is not in use. Saving money on hearing air batteries is especially important when you rely on a medical device that uses an unusual or hard-to-find battery type. Save money and time by maximizing the use you get out of each set of batteries. If you’re not sure whether the hearing aids you’re using are adequate, you may wish to undergo a Union Hearing Aid Centre Limited hearing...

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Signs That You Need Arch Support

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The human body is a funny thing. What causes you pain in one area of your body may not even trace back to that area of the body. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the signals your body sends you. Sometimes, your body may be showing signs that you need some orthotics for your shoes in the way of arch support. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may need some arch support or even something more extensive, take a look at some of the signs below to see if they apply. Inward-Turning Knees Stand in front of a mirror with your legs straightened, hands at your side. Do your knees seem to almost meet in the middle or are your legs actually forming a basically straight line? When your arches are weak, it causes the feet to tip inward. This may be a bit hard to see at first. However, the legs are long enough to make it almost impossible not to notice the tendency for the knees to aim inward rather than keeping the legs in a straight line. No Gap between Floor and Foot Another way to see if you need arch support is to assess the gap between the floor and the foot. Naturally, people of different ages and sizes are going to have different-sized gaps. Check to see if you can fit even a finger between the arch and the floor. In some cases, you may actually be able to see the arch touching the floor. If the arch seems collapsed, it may be an indication that arch support is needed. Weak Ankles The arch of the foot offers some support to keep the ankles and knees aligned. When that support fails, it puts a burden on the ankles because they are dealing with more pressure in one area than another. The ankles sometimes feel as if they are weak, making it difficult to do things like jump and land. If you experience any of these symptoms, you might try putting an insole with arch support in your shoes. For the best possible results, visit a professional and have an insole specially made to fit your foot. Otherwise, you may want to start with a generic insole with arch support to see if that helps or to tide you over until you can have one customized to fit your foot. For more information, you might want to check out the site for Millcroft Orthotic.                ...

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