When it comes to the maintenance of your hearing aids, there are tools you can purchase and instructions you can follow to keep your device in tip-top shape. However, basic maintenance is not always enough. Since changes in your device’s performance and your hearing can occur over time, it’s essential to visit an audiologist for what we call a ‘clean & check.’

A simple clean and check in our San Antonio office can make a significant difference to your hearing and is an important step to maintaining the longevity of your device.

Since I have been working at Audicles Hearing Services, I have dealt with thousands of hearing aids that come in all shapes and sizes.

Some patients believe that their hearing aid is unfixable or maybe even broken and are shocked to see the difference following a clean & check!

It could be something as simple as ear wax getting caught in the filter or the microphone getting clogged, but whatever your concerns, our team is expertly trained in hearing aid devices and will always find a solution to the problem.

What’s Included In a Clean & Check?

During your appointment, we will thoroughly clean your hearing aid and replace any domes, filters, and sports locks with new pieces. This ensures that nothing is blocking your hearing passageway and allows you to capture a more clear and coherent sound.

This also includes checking for defective or loose receivers or clogged microphone covers, which we will replace if needed.

Once the hearing aid has been fully cleaned, we perform an electroacoustic analysis of the hearing aid to ensure that the aid is providing appropriate gain and output with minimal distortion or noise.

Another thing we check for is ear wax to see if this could be blocking your hearing. If we do find a build-up, it is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can be done in our office.

During the visit, we are also able to provide any appropriate software updates for your hearing aids, run the feedback manager and troubleshoot problems with the connection between your hearing aids and smartphone.

Technology is continuing to improve, and we will always keep up with advancements and follow updates to your device if we feel you would benefit from it.

What Devices/ Brands Do You Look At?

It doesn’t matter where you got your hearing aid from, we are able to perform a clean and check on just about any hearing aid that is available.

Although we have experience with most manufacturers, we may not be able to provide replacement domes, filters, sports locks or receivers for hearing aids other than ReSound, Oticon or Phonak brands.

For all of this, including a clean & check, updates to your software and electroacoustic analysis, the fee is $50, which is just a small fraction compared to the award-winning service at Audicles Hearing Services.

If a non-patient would like to make an appointment with an audiologist for a hearing evaluation or hearing aid adjustment, the appointment would cost $75.

Maintaining Performance and Longevity

Hearing aids are very delicate pieces of technology that have very complex processing systems. This means that it is extremely important to have regular check-ups and cleans to ensure that your device is functioning to its best ability.

Not only that, but with your hearing a priority, it allows you to continue to hear clearly and engage in conversations in all environments.

We encourage all patients and non-patients to take advantage of this beneficial service.

If you or a loved one would like to schedule a professional hearing aid clean & check with one of our experts, please get in touch by clicking here.

 

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Dr. Eli Hernandez Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Eli Hernandez Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Hernandez started his journey with Audicles in 2017, and joined the team after completing his clinical residency. He has worked in various clinical settings and received extensive training with patients of all ages. Dr. Hernandez received his doctorate of audiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and his clinical specialities include earwax management, hearing rehabilitation, and ear-to-brain health.
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“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
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“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
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“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
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“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
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