Hearing aids are so tiny, they’re easy to misplace around your house. And now that we’re wearing face masks, it’s even easier to pull the devices out of your ears without noticing. If you’ve lost your hearing aids, don’t panic – follow these steps instead.
Use a Hearing Aid Tracker
Do you have a newer pair of hearing aids and a smartphone from Thousand Oaks Device Pitstop? Most modern hearing aids are compatible with smartphone apps that have a “find my hearing aid” feature, which can show you where your hearing aids were last paired with your smartphone.
If you’re using the Oticon On app, you can:
- First, open the tab bar and tap “Hearing aids.”
- Then, tap “Find my hearing aids.”
- Finally, a proximity bar will indicate how close you are to each connected hearing aid. If the hearing aids are no longer connected, you can see the date and time of the last connection.
Other hearing aid manufacturers, like Starkey and ReSound, offer similar features on their apps.
Retrace Your Steps
If you don’t have any luck with the hearing aid app, you can try retracing your steps. Do so more than once if you have to. Think hard about the last place you remember you were wearing your hearing aids. Also thoroughly check in your immediate surroundings as soon as you notice your hearing aids are missing.
Report Them Lost
If you were at a public venue or business on the day you lost your hearing aid, call them and let them know it’s missing. It’s possible someone picked it up and turned it in, or that the staff will catch a glimpse of it somewhere and be able to call you and let you know. Try calling back several times if you don’t hear from them.
Contact Your Audiologist
While your audiologist won’t help you go out in the world and look for your hearing aids, they will know whether they’re covered by the manufacturer for one-time loss or damage. They can also coach you on how to use a smartphone app to find the devices.
For more information about finding a missing hearing aid or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, call Decibel Hearing today.