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Ask The Expert Manon Lariviere, M.SC.S.AUD, Siemens Hearing Canada

MANONWith the seasons changing, some folks are getting ready to make some important changes too. Putting away the summer clothes and taking out the fall and winter bins. Storing that lawnmower and taking out leaf rakes and snow shovels. Or better yet, getting geared up for a renovation project to keep busy during the colder months. If that is the case for you, I suggest choosing flooring and furnishings in a color that is high contrast to your hearing aid batteries. Because when those buggers slip from your fingers and fall, they can be hard to find!

Ever drop a hearing aid battery? Ever run out of batteries unexpectedly? Annoying, isn’t it? You can simplify things and say goodbye to weekly battery changes with eCharger – the sustainable power solution for rechargeable Siemens hearing aids.

Siemens launched its first battery charger back in 2010 because hearing care professionals and hearing aid users had been asking for a rechargeable solution. As usual, Siemens answered the call: There are now several models of rechargeable Siemens hearing aids. Choosing rechargeable instruments reduces battery waste, as they use approximately one battery per year, instead of 52 disposable batteries. So you can feel good about choosing a sustainable solution!

And it’s so easy to use! You simply drop your Pure or Motion hearing aids into the eCharger at bedtime. Within six hours, they are powered up and ready for your busy day ahead. The eCharger’s electronic drying function protects your hearing instruments from moisture damage and ensures long-term reliability. The elegantly designed charger is about the size of a coffee mug, so it doesn’t use up too much precious real-estate on your countertop or nightstand. And since the instruments are in the charger every morning when you need them, you’ll always know where they are!

But wearing hearing instruments is not really about elegant designs and interesting accessories. It’s about hearing better. The process starts by finding a trusted hearing care professional, getting a hearing test, and discussing your specific needs and concerns. And although in most cases of early hearing loss, it is ok to wait and carefully consider options, it is important to know that the old saying “use it or lose it” applies to hearing. The hearing sensitivity itself will not be affected by delaying treatment, but when there is hearing loss, even mild hearing loss, the brain is being deprived of important auditory stimulation. The longer we wait before trying hearing instruments, the harder it is to get used to hearing those sounds again.

Another way to look at it is this: Hearing instruments keep the brain stimulated with sounds of different pitch and loudness, and help maintain its ability to make sense of sounds. The ears hear, but it’s the brain that has to figure out what those sounds mean! And as the ears age, making sense of sounds becomes harder, especially in noisy environments – all the more reason to keep the ears and brain trained to stay attuned to important sound information.

So as you get ready to go pick out your new flooring at the (often noisy!) renovation store, or maybe buy a new snow blower, you might not be able to find your car keys, but you’ll know exactly where to find your fully charged Siemens hearing aids… In that shiny little eCharger!

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