I N S T R U C T I O N S F O R U S E
I N S T R U C T I O N S
Custom Instruments
F O R
U S E
This booklet covers:
Custom instruments
Name:
Date:
Important notice
Please familiarise yourself with the entire
contents of this booklet before using your hearing
instruments. It contains various statements, safety
instructions and important information about the
use and handling of your hearing instruments and
batteries.
Congratulations on your digital hearing instruments.
They represent some of the most advanced technology
currently available in hearing care. Carefully follow
these instructions when using and maintaining them.
They will help you fully realise their benefits and
ensure their continued high performance.
Contents
About your GO hearing instruments
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Custom Instruments
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On/Off
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Inserting your hearing instruments
9
Push button
10
Telecoil
11
Directionality
12
Volume control
13
Battery replacement
14
Warnings
Yellow pages
Daily care of your hearing instruments
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Using your hearing instruments
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Common problems and their solutions
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International Warranty
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Service
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About your GO hearing
instruments
Your GO hearing instruments use advanced digital
technology. They are fully automatic, capable of
adjusting the volume in the instrument in
milliseconds.
Custom instruments
CIC/MIC
ITC
GO custom instruments are available in a number of
styles and options.
Your hearing instruments:
ITE
ITE-D
Style:
Completely-In-the-Canal - CIC
Push-button
(optional)
In-The-Canal - ITC
In-The-Ear - ITE
In-The-Ear Direct - ITE D
Microphone
opening
Battery
drawer
Full Concha
Sound outlet +
wax protection
system
Options:
Volume Control
Telecoil
Volume Control
(optional)
Ventilation
opening
Battery size:
10
312
13
Full
Concha
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On/Off
Inserting your hearing instruments
On: Close the battery drawer
with the battery in place.
• Place the tip of the hearing
instrument in your ear
canal (use your right hand
to insert the right
instrument and your
left hand to insert the
left instrument).
Off: Open the battery drawer
with your fingernail.
To preserve the battery, make
sure your hearing instruments
are switched off when you are
not wearing them.
• Gently pull your earlobe
down and push the hearing
instrument into the ear
canal, twisting slightly if
necessary, following the
natural contour of the ear
canal.
DO NOT use the battery
drawer as a handle to insert
or remove your instruments.
It is not designed for this
purpose.
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Push-button
Telecoil
Your hearing instruments have a push-button. In the
table below, your hearing care professional has
indicated the functionality of your push-button.
It may activate the telecoil or the directional
microphone. When you switch between different
settings, your instruments will beep. Push the button
until you hear the beeps – the switch has a short
delay to prevent unintentional activation. The
number of beeps will indicate which setting you are
using. The hearing instrument is automatically set to
microphone (M) for general use when you turn on the
instrument.
The telecoil will pick up signals from built-in loop
systems and from telephones. Use the telecoil when
you are in a building with a loop system installed and
try the telecoil when using a phone. Do not use the
telecoil with mobile phones. Three (3) beeps will
indicate that the telecoil is active. Your hearing care
professional can set the telecoil to work simultaneously
with the microphone (MT) or as telecoil only (T).
Setting of your push-button
Beeps
1
Always microphone (M) for general use
2
DM
3
T
3
T
Not applicable
MT
Not applicable
Not applicable
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Directionality
Volume control
Your instrument may include a directional program.
Two (2) beeps will indicate that directional
microphone is chosen (DM). This may be particularly
useful in noisy situations (such as conversations, busy
restaurants, business meetings, and heavy machinery
noise). The directional microphone can help you
achieve better speech understanding in noisy
situations since it will dampen sounds coming from
the sides and behind you, so that you can focus on
sounds coming from directly in front of you.
Your hearing instruments
may have a volume control. This control allows
you to adjust the volume
in different listening
situations to the level you
feel comfortable with.
Use your fingertip to turn
the control. Rotating the
control forward gives
louder sound. Rotating
the control backward
gives less (weaker) sound.
The standard setting (when not in directional)
provides awareness of sounds all around you, which
can be especially important in traffic, public places,
with a group of people, or when moving from place
to place or in your home.
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LOUD
WEAK
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Battery Replacement
When the battery is exhausted, the
instrument will shut itself off. To
replace the battery follow these
instructions:
• Open the swing-out battery
drawer with your fingernail and
remove the old battery.
• Remove the sticky label from the
+ side of the new battery.
• Insert the battery with the + sign
facing the + side printed on the
side of the battery drawer.
Disposal:
• Check with your hearing care professional about
arrangements for battery disposal. He/she may have
a system for disposing of them.
• Never try to charge non-rechargeable batteries.
• Never dispose of batteries with household waste.
They cause environmental pollution.
• Never dispose of batteries by burning them. There is
a risk that they will explode and cause serious
injury.
• Close the battery drawer. If you
feel any resistance you may have
inserted the battery incorrectly.
Reinsert the battery and try
again.
Any moisture on the battery surface should be wiped
off before use. When you change batteries, it may take
a couple of minutes before the new battery works at
full effect.
Information about which type and size of batteries to
use can be obtained from your hearing care
professional.
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Daily care of your hearing
instruments
Your ear canal produces ear wax (cerumen) which
may clog up the sound outlet or the ventilation
opening of your hearing instrument. Therefore your
hearing instruments may contain a filter or other
device to prevent wax accumulation. Consult your
hearing care professional for instructions about
cleaning the specific wax protection system in your
hearing instruments.
Avoiding heat, humidity and chemicals
Your hearing instruments must never be exposed to
extreme heat e.g. left inside a parked car in the sun.
They must never be exposed to a lot of moisture e.g.
steam baths, showers or heavy rain. Nor must they be
dried in microwave ovens or other ovens.
Wipe the batteries carefully if moisture is present as it
may affect their performance. Using an anti-humidity
kit can help to avoid these problems and may even
extend the life of your hearing instruments. Consult
your hearing care professional for further advice.
Other daily care
When handling a hearing
instrument, keep it over a soft
surface to avoid damage if you
drop it.
• Clean away any traces of wax from
around the ventilation opening. Use
a special cleaning tool provided by
your hearing care professional.
The chemicals in cosmetics, hairspray, perfume,
aftershave-lotion, suntan lotion and insect repellant
can damage your hearing instruments. You should
always remove your hearing instruments before
applying such products and allow time for the
product to dry before reinserting your hearing
instruments. If you use lotion be sure to wipe your
hands dry before inserting your hearing instruments.
• Open the battery compartment fully
to allow air to circulate whenever you
are not using the hearing instruments,
especially at night.
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Using your hearing instruments
2. Conversation with another person
It takes time to adjust to a new hearing instrument.
How long this adjustment takes differs from person to
person. It will depend on a number of factors, such as
whether you have had hearing instruments before and
the degree of your hearing impairment.
Sit with someone else in a quiet room. Face each
other so you can read facial expressions easily. You
might experience new speech sounds, which can
seem a little disturbing in the beginning. However,
after the brain has adapted to the new speech sounds,
you might hear speech clearer.
Here are six easy steps to better hearing
3. Listen to radio or TV
1. In the quiet of your home
When listening to the TV or the radio, start out
listening to news commentators since they usually
speak clearly, then try other programs.
Try to accustom yourself to all the new sounds. Listen
to the many background sounds and try to identify
each sound. Bear in mind that some sounds will seem
different from what you are used to. You may have to
learn to identify them again. Note that in time you
will get accustomed to the soft sounds in your
environment - if not please contact your hearing
care professional.
If using the hearing instruments makes you tired, take
them off and have a rest. Gradually, you will begin to
be able to listen for longer periods of time. Soon, you
will be able to wear your hearing instruments
comfortably all day long.
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If you find it difficult to listen to TV or radio, your
hearing care professional should be able to give you
advice about assistive listening devices. If you have
an induction loop you might also benefit from using
the T or the MT function on your hearing instrument.
4. In group conversations
Group situations are usually accompanied by a greater
degree of background noise, and are, therefore,
naturally more difficult to cope with. In such
situations, therefore, focus your attention on the
person you want to hear. If you miss a word, ask the
speaker to repeat. We all miss words once in a while.
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5.Telecoil use in church, theatre, or cinema
Mobile phones
An increasing number of churches, theatres and
public buildings have assistive listening devices
installed, usually induction loops. These systems
send out wireless sound to be intercepted by the
telecoil in your hearing instruments. Typically, a sign
will let you know whether the place has a telecoil.
Ask your hearing care professional for details.
Your hearing instruments are designed to comply
with the most stringent Standards of International
Electromagnetic Compatibility. This means that you
in most cases can use a mobile phone while wearing
your hearing instruments. However, if you experience
difficulty when using a mobile phone, you may need
to remove your hearing instrument before using the
phone. The varying degree of disturbance can be due
to the nature of your particular mobile phone.
6. Using the telephone
Most hearing instruments can be used with a
telephone by holding the receiver 2-3 cm from your
ear. It may also help to tilt the receiver. If whistling
occurs, tilt or move the receiver away slightly and try
to keep it still. If you hearing aid has a telecoil try
switching the aid to T when talking on the telephone.
Depending on your telephone this eliminates any
whistling.
If you have trouble hearing your own voice, try
switching to the MT mode (if available). Remember
that the telecoil operates by detecting magnetic
waves. Many electrical devices e.g. facsimile
machines and computers emit magnetic waves. Make
sure that your telephone is placed at least 2-3 meters
away from such equipment to avoid interference.
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Use your hearing instruments all day long
The best way to ensure better hearing is to practice
listening until you can wear your hearing instruments
comfortably all day. In most cases, infrequent use of
hearing instruments does not give you the full benefit.
Your hearing instruments will not restore normal
hearing. Nor will they prevent or improve a hearing
impairment resulting from a physiological condition.
What they will give you, however, is help towards
making better use of the hearing ability that you do
have. If you have two hearing aids always wear both.
Being able to hear with both ears is just as important
as being able to see with both eyes.
The most important benefits of wearing two
hearing aids are:
• Your ability to localize sounds will improve.
• It will be easier to understand speech in noisy
surroundings.
• The risk of ‘auditory deprivation’ is considerably
reduced.
• You will experience a fuller, more comfortable
sound picture.
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Common problems and their solutions
Effect
Squealing
noise
No sound
Whirring
noise or
beeping
Cause
Solution
Ear wax accumulated in ear canal
Have ear canal examined by your doctor
Hearing instrument inserted
improperly
Reinsert hearing instrument
Clogged sound outlet
Clean sound outlet or, if necessary,
have wax protection system changed
by your hearing care professional
(pg. 9)
(pg. 16)
Clogged microphone opening
Clean microphone opening with a brush
Worn-down battery
Replace battery
(pg. 14)
Hearing aid switched to telecoil (T)
Switch to microphone signal (M)
(pg. 10)
Dirty or corroded battery
contacts
Open and close the battery drawer
several times or replace battery
(pg. 14)
Dirty or corroded battery
contacts
Open and close the battery drawer
several times or replace battery
(pg. 14)
Dirty or corroded battery
Clean battery surfaces with dry cloth
or replace battery
(pg. 14)
Replace battery
(pg. 14)
Worn-down battery
If none of the above solutions solve the problem,
ask your hearing care professional for assistance.
International Warranty
Oticon Warranty Certificate
Oticon hearing instruments are covered by a limited
warranty issued by the manufacturer for a period of
12 months from the date of delivery. This limited
warranty covers manufacturing and material defects
in the hearing instrument itself, but not accessories
such as batteries, tubing, earwax filters etc.
Name of Owner:
Dispenser:
Dispenser Address:
Problems arising from improper handling or care,
excessive use, accidents, repairs made by an
unauthorized party, exposure to corrosive conditions,
physical changes in your ear, damage due to foreign
objects entering the device, or incorrect adjustments
are NOT covered by the limited warranty and may
void it.
Dispenser Phone:
The above warranty does not affect any legal rights
that you might have under applicable national
legislation governing sale of consumer goods. Your
hearing care professional may have issued a warranty
that goes beyond the clauses of this limited warranty.
Please consult him/her for further information.
Take your hearing aid to your hearing care
professional, who may well be able to sort out
minor problems and adjustments on the spot.
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906 62 810 02 / 07.05 Printed in Denmark
If you need service
Purchase date:
Warranty period:
Month:
Model left:
Serial no.:
Model right:
Serial no.:
Battery size:
Waste from electronic equipment
must be handled according to
local regulations.
Oticon A/S
9, Kongebakken
DK-2765 Smørum
0543
www.hear-it.org
www.oticon.com
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Warnings
Hearing instruments and batteries can be dangerous
if swallowed or used improperly. Such actions can
result in severe injury, permanent hearing loss, or
can even be fatal.
You should familiarize yourself fully with the
following general warnings and the entire contents of
this booklet before using your hearing instruments.
• Hearing instruments, their parts, and batteries are
not toys and should be kept out of reach of children
and anyone who might swallow these items or
otherwise cause injury to themselves.
• Never change the battery or adjust the controls of
the hearing instruments in front of infants, small
children or people with learning difficulties.
• Discard batteries carefully in a place where infants,
small children or people with learning difficulties
cannot reach them.
• Always check your medicine before swallowing it,
as batteries have occasionally been mistaken for
pills.
• Never put your hearing instruments or batteries in
your mouth for any reason, as they are slippery and
could be swallowed by accident.
• Most Oticon hearing instruments can be supplied
with a tamper-resistant battery compartment upon
request. This is strongly recommended for infants,
small children, and people with learning difficulties.
If a battery or hearing instrument is swallowed, see a
doctor immediately.
Misuse can result in sudden and permanent
hearing loss
• Hearing instruments should be used only as
directed and adjusted by your hearing care
professional. Misuse can result in sudden and
permanent hearing loss.
• Never allow others to wear your hearing
instruments as incorrect/wrongful usage could
cause permanent damage to their hearing.
Dysfunction in hearing instruments
• Hearing instruments may stop functioning, for
instance if the batteries have expired or if the tubing
is blocked by moisture or earwax. You should be
aware of this possibility, in particular when you are
in traffic or otherwise dependent on warning
sounds.
Interference
• Your hearing instrument has been thoroughly tested
for interference, according to the most stringent
international standards. But new technical
developments constantly bring new products into
society, and some may emit electromagnetic
radiation, leading to unforeseen interference in
hearing instruments. Examples include induction
cooking appliances, shop alarm systems, mobile
telephones, fax machines, personal computer
devices, X-rays, Computer tomography etc.
Battery use
• Always use batteries recommended by your
hearing care professional. Batteries of low quality
may leak and cause bodily harm.
Possible side effects
• Never attempt to recharge your batteries. They may
explode and cause serious injury.
• The otherwise non-allergenic materials used in
hearing instruments may in rare cases cause a skin
irritation.
• Never dispose of batteries by burning them. There is
a risk that they will explode and cause serious injury.
• Hearing instruments may cause an accelerated
accumulation of cerumen (ear wax).
Consult a doctor if you experience any of these side
effects.
Wax protection system
• Always visually inspect your hearing instrument to
ensure that there is no gap between the
MicroWaxBuster/WaxBuster flange and the tip of
the instrument.
• Never attempt to remove or replace the
MicroWaxBuster/WaxBuster/WaxTrap yourself.
Only a hearing care professional should replace it.
• If the instrument is equipped with a different wax
protection system (e.g. NoWax), follow the
directions specified by your hearing care
professional when replacing the wax protection
system.
If you are in any in doubt about the use or
replacement of your wax protection system, contact
your hearing care professional.
Warning to hearing instrument dispenser and user
• Special care should be excercised in selecting,
fitting and using a hearing instrument where
maximum sound pressure capability exceeds
132 dB SPL (IEC 711) as there may be risk of
impairing the remaining hearing of the hearing
instrument user.
906 62 810 02 / 07.05 Printed in Denmark
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