WELCOME TO EL BEES HEARING SERVICES
Registered Hearing Aid Practitioner
When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things. When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people.
Hearing Instrument Information and Care
The goal of a well-designed hearing aid is to maximize speech understanding and sound quality. Digital hearing aids have the ability to distinguish the difference between speech and noise. This means that when you are wearing a digital hearing aid and speaking with someone in a social environment, the voice of the person you are talking to will be amplified and the noise will not. This gives you a greater ability to hear speech in social settings.
El Bees Hearing Services is proud to provide the very best and latest in hearing aid technology. Through hearing aid channels and bands we have the ability to adjust each hearing aid to the specific frequencies where you need amplification the most. The number of hearing aid channels and bands needed in a digital hearing aid is determined by the individual hearing test and our Hearing Instrument Specialist.
CIC – Completely in canal – fits deep into the ear canal and are almost invisible; suitable for many levels of hearing loss
ITC – In the canal – small and less noticeable; best suited for mild to mildly severe hearing loss
ITE – In the ear – can be made with a T switch; best suited for mild to profound hearing loss
BTE – Behind the ear – very powerful with custom earmold; best suited for severe and profound hearing loss
OTE – Slim BTE design with thin non occluding ear bud or custom earmold; best suited for moderate to severe hearing loss
HS – Half shell
FS – Full shell
**Ask us about the latest technology that works with external devices such as iphones, televisions, computers etc.
Colors Available, dependending upon style:
**Ask us about other available colors.
Hearing Aid Care & Maintenance:
Research indicates that the typical hearing aids are replaced every 3 to 5 years. Hearing Instrument Specialists attribute this to the rapid advancement in technology, shapes and styles. At ElBees Hearing Services we provide routine cleanings, adjustments and maintenance for the life of the hearing aid to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits from your hearing aids for as long as possible.
The top 5 ways to extend the life of your hearing aid
- If the hearing aids are not in your ears, they belong in the case that was provided to you at the time the hearing aids were purchased. They do not belong in your pocket, the glove compartment or in a dish by your bed.
- Use only the cleaning tools provided by your hearing healthcare provider. Do not improvise by using a paperclip, toothpick or any other handy but pointy object.
- Avoid using sprays when wearing your hearing aids, hair sprays, cooking and even bug sprays. The fine mist generated by the spray can clog the tiny holes of the microphone where sound enters the hearing aid.
- Avoid getting the hearing aids wet. You are wearing a small electronic mechanism. Like most electronic devices, it won’t work well if it is exposed to water.
- Be extra careful when handling the hearing aids when they are not in your ears. They are small and easy to accidentally drop. Changing the batteries, placing the hearing aids in your ear and removing the hearing aids should all be done while seated near a soft surface.
If you do get the hearing aid wet, drop the hearing aid or accidentally damage it in any way, don’t attempt to “fix” it yourself. Sometimes a “home repair” attempt does more harm than good. Call us we can help.
Just as there are ways to extend the life of your hearing aids, there are a number of things you can do to maximize the life of your hearing aid batteries.
The top 8 ways to maximize the lifespan of your hearing aid batteries
- Purchase new hearing aid batteries – Hearing aid batteries unopened in the package can last for several years. However, like all batteries, power is reduced as each year passes, so it’s always better to buy the newer package.
- Don’t remove the tab until you’re ready to use the batteries – Hearing aids take a unique kind of battery referred to as a zinc-air battery. Each one has a plastic tab covering small holes on the top of the battery. Once the tab is removed, air enters the holes and activates the zinc. As soon as this occurs, the battery is active and the power starts draining (reapplying the tab has no effect). That’s why you should remove the tab only if you anticipate using the battery right away.
- Employ the five-minute rule – Once removing the tab, don’t insert the battery into the hearing aid right away. Rather, wait approximately 5-7 minutes. This will permit the air to fully activate the battery, increasing its life by as long as three days.
- Store at room temperature – You may have heard that you can extend the life of your batteries by keeping them in your refrigerator. The cooler temperature slows the release of power, or so the thinking goes. The issue is that the opposite takes place. Zinc-air batteries and moisture do not mix, and the condensation that occurs from the refrigerator leads to corrosion and an elevated risk of early failure. Simply store your batteries at room temperature for the best outcome.
- Leave the hearing aid battery door open when not in use – If you’re not using your hearing aid, turn it off and open the battery door. This decreases drain and blocks corrosion. But keep in mind, don’t store your hearing aids in the bathroom; temperature changes and dampness are detrimental to the batteries. Your bedroom side table in its case that was provided is probably the safest place.
- Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier – If you have a hearing aid dehumidifier, you won’t have to worry about where to store your hearing aids. Each night, place your hearing aids in the dehumidifier to remove moisture and to provide a secure place for storage.
- Take out the batteries if you won’t be using your hearing aids for extended periods – If you don’t plan on using your hearing aids for a while, removing the batteries entirely will help prevent corrosion from trapped moisture within the hearing aid.
- Wash & completely dry your hands before changing the batteries – Always remember that dirt, grime, and moisture are bad for both the hearing aid batteries and the hearing aids themselves. That’s why it’s important to wash & make sure your hands are dry before changing the batteries.
Visit our conveniently located office in downtown Lethbridge for more information and all your routine hearing aid cleaning and maintenance.
To be sure not to keep you waiting, we recommend that you call as we’d be more than happy to set up an appointment for you today.
615 – 4th Avenue South
We work with all makes & manufacturers
Authorized Vendor for:
WCB-AB (& other provinces)
DVA – Veterans Affairs