Any thoughts on how to prevent lost hearing aids?

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My father-in-law is in NH. He sometimes takes his hearing aids out and looses them. He doesn't know why he does it. Any suggestions? Maybe duct tape?

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Mom will take hers out too. If I don't catch her prior to bedtime, they could be anywhere in the house. I've even found them in her denture bath - yes, soaking. :( Yes, they have the connectors to clip onto the tops. My nephew had some that way. Worked wonders.
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My gm has hearings aids. She kept taking them out and losing them. The person that sold her the aids put a clear string that conected to each aid, with a clip that connects to the back of gm shirt. When she pulls them out, they stay dangling by the strings. She can't undo the clip herself. The nurses collect them.at the end of the day.
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They do have hearing aids like that Freqflyer, only now they are marketed as personal amplifiers. Technology had advanced so much that they are likely even better than those hearing aids from back in the day ;)
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Hearing Aid places need to start making hearing aids like they did back in the 1940's and 1950's.... the guts of the hearing aid was in a plastic container which was small enough to fit into a shirt pocket, and the cords would go up to the ears.

Gosh, now a day young people use something like that to listen to music. Less worry about losing something that size. Plus larger batteries would be easier to put in.

When I was cleaning out my parents house to sell, I found more dropped hearing aid batteries as they were so tiny. My Dad could barely see, neither could Mom, so it WAS the blind leading the blind trying to put in a battery into Mom's very small hearing aid :P
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Multiple uses for duct tape.
CWillie, thanks for your search suggestion.
We really don't think the staff is losing them. One time it was found in his wheel chair, and we know from experience that he will fiddle with them.
My husband had a eureka moment as we read the others' answers: Maybe he's taking it out because the battery is dead; but then he can't fix it, so he loses it. So we are going to just change the batteries every Sunday to see if that helps.
We may also try cords clipped to his collar, but we suspect he would feel the cord and pull them out; but at least they wouldn't be lost.
Also, we may try a sign taped to the back of his wheel chair:
"Please check for hearing aids."
Maybe one by his door, too. Maybe then they wouldn't be as likely to get left in bedding or swept up as trash, if they were noticed sooner to be missing and a search begin.
Or. ..duct tape.
They say (if you can hear 'm, you know)--
All you need is WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape.
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LOL.

This is a popular question and unfortunately there are no perfect answers. One idea I liked was having the NH keep the HAs on the med cart, but that doesn't really help if he takes them out at random times and puts them in a pocket or on a table or under his plate or.... Try typing "lost hearing aids" in the site search box (click the menu icon beside AgingCare.com at the top of the page) to find some other threads about this.
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Duct tape. Lol
I know you probably would like to do that.
Must be very annoying. I wonder how long it will be before there is a medical procedure ( like cochlear implants) that will solve that problem for all of us.
I have no solution.
Your mentioning duct tape reminded me of a family story. There was a young woman in love with a family member. When she realized she was rejected she threw a big ole hissy fit. She got in her car and proceeded to drive it into equipment and a garden on a family farm in an effort to leave.
Nephew called her brother and said come get her. Brother said stop her and hold her. She might kill someone. Nephew got her out of her car and couldn't hold her or persuade her to wait for brother. He had to duct tape her wrists and ankles. Brother came to get her. She later apologized and made good on the damage done. Was appreciative that police weren't called. When we see someone acting out, usually a child. Someone will mention duct tape. The nephew who took care of her is a quiet gentle person and hated to have to do what he did.
It's strong. Might work but your dad would probably get it off.
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