Hearing aids are an easy and painless way to improve the listening experience for anyone with hearing challenges. Hearing aids are a great investment, and with a little time and practice, properly placing your hearing aid will become second nature! Here’s how to put in a hearing aid:
Inserting an In-Ear Hearing Aid
- Make sure the battery door is facing out.
- Use your thumb and index finger to insert the canal fixture into your ear canal.
- Twist gently until the helix (top part) is nestled into your outer ear.
- When properly in place, the hearing aid should sit securely in the bowl of your ear.
If you struggle to fit the hearing aid into your ear canal, try opening your mouth to help widen your ear canal.
Inserting a Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid
- Remove your glasses or anything that is tucked behind your ear.
- Hold the top of the hearing aid with your thumb and index finger.
- Slide the thin plastic tube over the top of your ear and tuck it behind your ear. This should feel similar to how you would wear a pair of glasses.
- Use your thumb and index finger to grip the dome and push into your ear canal.
- Use your index finger to apply slight pressure on the dome and use small, circular motions to push the dome into your ear canal. Do this until the thin plastic tube is lying flush against the side of your head.
When the hearing aid is placed correctly, you should not be able to see the hearing aid when facing yourself head-on in a mirror.
If you are still struggling to properly insert your hearing aid, we can help! Chappell Hearing Care Center proudly provides quality hearing care for all our patients, from hearing tests to hearing aid selection to fittings.