Tips for successful hearing aid usage.
Moisture is every hearing aid's enemy. This can be moisture from the environment (humid climates, accidentally jumping in the shower with the hearing aids on, etc.) or moisture from your ear. Regardless of the source, it is important to keep hearing aids dry. In dry climates, this can be done by leaving the hearing aids out overnight on top of a dresser with the battery doors wide open. In more humid climates, the hearing aids should be stored in a dehumidifier at night. There are many options when it comes to dehumidifiers, so ask your hearing care provider which is best for you.
Environmental Tip: It is critical for the listener to be able to see the face of the speaker. A huge part of any communication exchange is received through visual cues, so this cannot be understated. Ensuring proper seating and proper lighting are important environmental modifications that must be made in every group situation.
Each time you are out with a group, assess your environment to see how it can be improved to allow you to see the speakers more clearly. Will you see better in the middle of the group or at the end of the table? Can an extra light or two be turned on to make it easier for you to see faces? Can you choose a round table rather than a rectangular table? And of course, make a point to sit next to the person you most want to converse with during this outing.