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LifeEar Diagram

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Your LifeEar comes assembled with the snap-on tubing and LifeEar Tip attached.

The LifeEar Tip’s revolutionary shape is designed to fit most adult ears, allowing for maximum comfort as the enhanced sounds of the LifeEar and natural sound enter the ear and reduce the ‘plugged up’ feeling sometimes experienced. When fitting the LifeEar, ensure the long portion of the LifeEar Tip is positioned at the top of your ear canal and the short portion of the the LifeEar tip is positioned at the bottom of your ear canal.

If you experience whistling or a loose fit with the standard LifeEar Tip, please try the larger Power LifeEar Tip included with your device.

 

Turning on Your LifeEar

Your LifeEar uses the battery door to turn the device on and off.

closed-earClosed (LifeEar is turned ON)

open-earOpen (LifeEar is turned OFF)

WHISTLING may be heard if the LifeEar is turned on but not securely in your ear. This is normal and a sign that your LifeEar is working. Once the tubing is properly fitted onto your LifeEar, the whistling will stop.

If the whistlling continues while in your LifeEar is your ear, please clean your tubing of any wax that may have developed and try the larger, Power LifeEar Tip that was included with your LifeEar.

 

Wearing Your LifeEar

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Place tip in entrance of ear canal.

Put the body of the amplifier behind your ear.

Move ear lock into bowl of ear.

 

Changing the Battery

LifeEar® uses size 10/10A zinc-air batteries.

Before inserting a new battery into your LifeEar, remember to remove the pull-tab and wait a full minute for the battery to charge.

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Do not use batteries on which there is a sticky residue from the tab or other unwanted substance as this can block the battery air hole.

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The battery must be placed with the plus (+) sign up. If the battery compartment does not close easily, the battery is inserted incorrectly.

Note: Never force the batter door shut. It may permanently damage your LifeEar.

The LifeEar® uses size 10 / 10A zinc-air batteries. Please note the expiration date on the battery, and never leave exhausted batteries in the LifeEar, as they may leak and damage the device.

The life of the battery depends on a number of factors, such as the settings of your LifeEar and the number of hours used per day.

In rare cases, a new battery may be exhausted because it was not sealed properly. If your LifeEar does not work after replacing a battery, try inserting a different new battery and remember to wait a full minute after removing the pull-tab on the battery before use.

Always remove the battery from your LifeEar if it will not be used for a prolonged period of time.

CAUTION: Batteries can be harmful if swallowed. Be sure to keep batteries out of reach from children and pets. If a battery is accidentally swallowed, seek medical attention immediately, or call the National Battery Hotline collect at 202-625-3333.

 

Changing Programs

LifeEar® has four separate programs to accomidate the most common hearing situations.

ProgramFrequencies AmplifiedIndicator
1Amplification across all frequenciesOne beep
2High frequency focused amplificationTwo beeps
3Program 1 + increased noise reductionThree beeps
4Program 2 + increased noise reductionFour beeps

To change the amplification program on your LifeEar, press and hold the volume switch until the LifeEar beeps. The number of beeps indicates which program that the LifeEar is currently using

(2 beeps –> Program 2, 3 beeps –> Program 3, etc).

LifeEar remembers the current program and volume settings when the device is turned off so you do not need to fiddle with the controls every time you use the device, however it is important to experiment with the different programs in different noise environments when you initially use your LifeEar to get the most out of device.

 

Maintenance & Care

Daily cleaning is essential to keeping your LifeEar performing optimally.

  • Clean the tubing and tip of your LifeEar with the included cleaning wire attached to the cleaning tool.
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  • The most common issue is small blockages of hardened earwax that have hardened in the tubing, blocking sound from getting to your ear. These blockages can be nearly invisible to the human eye. Running the cleaning wire through the tubing every day will make sure that your tubing lasts as long as possible.
  • Clean the body of your LifeEar daily with a tissue or soft cloth. and use the included brush to gently clean away wax and other debris. Do not use water, alcohol, or other liquid agent to clean the LifeEar as it may damage it.
  • Keep your ears clean. Earwax can clog up your LifeEar’s tubing and cause it to not work properly. For best results, it may be beneficial to clean your ears with an over-the-counter ear wash kit or visit your physician.
  • Avoid exposing LifeEar to excess moisture or heat. Do not use hair spray or a hair dryer while wearing LifeEar.
  • Avoid physical shock, such as dropping it on the ground.
  • Store your LifeEar in a cool dry place when not in use
  • If you are not going to use your LifeEar for a prolonged period of time, remove the battery to prevent any possible damage from corrosion

No Sound from LifeEar

  • Clean your tubing.

    Your LifeEar relies on a thin tube and the LifeEar Tip to provide enhanced sound to your ear, as such a small amount of debris or hardened earwax can block the sound from your LifeEar completely. A cleaning wire has been including on your cleaning tool, and we recommend cleaning the tubing on a daily basis.

    How to clean your tubing

    1. Remove tubing from the device. It may be helpful to turn the tubing at a ninety degree angle and then use your fingernail to pop the tubing off.

      NOTE: If you have a battery in the device, you should hear a whistle from the LifeEar. This is normal and a sound that indicates your LifeEar is working properly. Open the battery door fully to silence your device.

    2. Run the cleaning wire fully through the tubing and through the LifeEar Tip multiple times. Earwax and other blockages can be nearly invisible to the naked eye.
    3. Place the tubing back on your LifeEar and test. If the LifeEar still does not function correctly, check to see if the tubing
    4. If the LifeEar still does not function correctly, check to see if the tubing does not have any perforations or damage. If the LifeEar whistles without tubing on but does not produce sound with tubing, you may need to purchase new tubing. We recommend the tubing and tips are replaced every three months.
  • Make sure battery is inserted correctly (positive side up) and battery door is completely closed.
  • Make sure battery is fresh. If there is any doubt, try a new one (remember to remove the pull-tab on the battery surface and wait one full minute before using a new battery).
  • Check the battery contacts for corrosion.
  • Reseat the LifeEar Tip in your ear canal.
  • Check the tips for wax that may be blocking or for any signs of wear. Replace the tips if they appear stiff, bent, cracked, or frayed.
  • Humid environments, sweat, and moisture may clog the device and distort sounds. Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier overnight.
  • If your problem persists, email us at customerservice@lifeear.com with a description of your problem

Excessive Whistling

LifeEar makes a whistling sound when in the ear

  • Whistling (feedback) occurs when the amplified sound returns to the microphone and is re-amplfied.
  • You can confirm that the LifeEar is working properly by removing the device and covering the hole in the tubing tips with your finger (the whistling should stop). Try using the larger, Power LifeEar Tip that was included with your device for a better fit.
  • Sometimes feedback may occur when you have a blockage of wax in the ear canal, a stiff eardrum (from a cold, for example) or any condition that causes sound to be reflected from the ear canal. In these cases, the fit may be fine, and the feedback will disappear when the condition is corrected.
  • Check for any cracks in the tubing. For optimal performance, the tubing and ear tips should be changed every 3-6 months.
  • Try a program with a lower volume setting
  • Clean any wax that may be interfering with the tubing

LifeEar makes a whistling sound with no tubing attached

  • Whistling without tubing is a sign that your LifeEar is working properly.
  • Open the battery door to turn off your LifeEar and stop the feedback

LifeEar whistles intermittently

  • Check that the tubing is fully pushed onto the LifeEar and the LifeEar Tip is pushed fully onto the tubing. The end of LifeEar Tip should be flush with the end of the tubing when properly assembled sure the LifeEar
  • Make sure the LifeEar Tip is properly placed into the ear canal
  • Try using the larger, Power LifeEar Tip that was included with your device if the standard size is too small
  • Check the tips for wax that may be blocking or for any signs of wear. Replace the tips if they appear stiff, bent, cracked, or frayed.

If the problem persists, email us at customerservice@lifeear.com with a description of your problem.

Using the Telephone

When using LifeEar® with the telephone, try various positions with the telephone receiver, until you discover the arrangement that works best for you.

  1. Try holding the telephone near the LifeEar microphone at the front and top of your ear.
  2. Also try holding the phone behind your ear, below your ear, or angled such that the phone receiver is tilted and open forward.
  3. LifeEar can also be used with the speaker phone function.

 

LifeEar ACTIVE Diagram

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Are you an active adult who needs help hearing? The LifeEar® ACTIVE features world-class digital technology and was created with people like you in mind. Its patented In-The-Ear (ACTIVE) design that allows natural air movement so you don’t feel blocked off from your surroundings. LifeEar ACTIVE slips unobtrusively into your ear, with nothing behind your ear or in your ear canal. It’s so comfortable that you’ll forget you’re wearing it

If you experience whistling or a loose fit while wearing the LifeEar ACTIVE, please try the Comply™ Premium Foam Tip* included with your device.

*Comply™ is a registered trademark of Hearing Components.

 

Turning on Your LifeEar

Your LifeEar ACTIVE uses the volume dial to turn the device on and off. You can also open and close the battery door to turn your LifeEar ACTIVE off and on.

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open-earTurn Dial Towards Arm To Turn On.

You may hear whistling if the LifeEar ACTIVE is turned on but not securely placed in your ear. This is normal and a sign that LifeEar ACTIVE is working. Once the LifeEar ACTIVE Receiver is properly fitted onto your ear, the whistling will stop.

 

Wearing Your LifeEar ACTIVE

(if not using Comply™ Premium Foam Tip)
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Gently place Receiver at entrance of ear canal.*
*DO NOT place receiver inside ear canal.

Carefully tuck Arm into upper bowl of ear.

 

 

Using Optional Comply™ Premium Foam Tip

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Push Comply™ tip on to Receiver until you can feel the end of Receiver through the opening in the tip.*
*Comply™ is a registered trademark of Hearing Components.

Pinch tip between finger and thumb to compress foam.

Place compressed tip into ear canal entrance with volume dial facing outward.
(DO NOT PLACE TIP INSIDE EAR CANAL.)

 

Changing the Battery

LifeEar ACTIVE uses size 10/10A zinc-air batteries.

Before inserting a new battery into your LifeEar ACTIVE, remove the pull tab and wait a full minute for the battery to charge.

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Do not use batteries if there is a sticky residue from the tab or other unwanted substance as this can block the battery air hole.

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The battery must be placed with the plus (+) sign up. If the battery compartment does not close easily, the battery is inserted incorrectly.

Note: Never force the battery door shut. It may permanently damage your LifeEar.

The LifeEar ACTIVE uses size 10 / 10A zinc-air batteries. Please note the expiration date on the battery, and never leave exhausted batteries in the LifeEar ACTIVE as they may leak and damage the device.

The life span of the battery depends on a number of factors, such as the program and volume settings of your LifeEar ACTIVE and the number of hours used per day.

In rare cases, a new battery may be exhausted because it was not sealed properly. If your LifeEar ACTIVE does not work after replacing a battery, try inserting a different new battery and remember to wait a full minute after removing the pull-tab on the battery before use.

Always remove the battery from your LifeEar ACTIVE if it will not be used for a prolonged period of time.

CAUTION: Batteries can be harmful if swallowed. Be sure to keep batteries out of reach from children and pets. If a battery is accidentally swallowed, seek medical attention immediately, or call the National Battery Hotline collect at 202-625-3333.

 

Changing Programs

LifeEar ACTIVE has four separate programs to accommodate the most common hearing situations.

ProgramFrequencies AmplifiedIndicator
1High frequencies emphasizedOne beep
2All frequencies emphasizedTwo beeps
3Program 1 + increased noise reduction and boosted volumeThree beeps
4Program 2 + increased noise reduction and boosted volumeFour beeps

To change the amplification program on your LifeEar ACTIVE, press and hold the program button until your LifeEar beeps. The number of beeps indicates which program that the LifeEar is currently using

(2 beeps –> Program 2, 3 beeps –> Program 3, etc).

Your LifeEar remembers the current program and volume settings when the device is turned off so you do not need to fiddle with the controls every time you use the device; however, it is important to experiment with the different programs in different noise environments when you initially use your LifeEar ACTIVE to get the most out of device.

 

Maintenance & Care

Keep your ears clean to maximize the benefit of your LifeEar ACTIVE. Earwax can clog the LifeEar ACTIVE’s Receiver, reducing the effectiveness of the LifeEar ACTIVE.

  • Use the cleaning tool included in the LifeEar ACTIVE’s box to gently clean away wax and other debris from the LifeEar.
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  • The LifeEar ACTIVE can be cleaned daily with a tissue or soft cloth. Do not use water, alcohol, or other liquid agent to clean the LifeEar ACTIVE as they may damage it.
  • Do not let the LifeEar ACTIVE to get wet. Do not use hair spray while wearing the LifeEar ACTIVE. Do not expose LifeEar ACTIVE to excess moisture or heat.
  • Store the LifeEar ACTIVE in a cool, dry place when not in use, with the battery compartment open. Remove the battery from the LifeEar ACTIVE during periods of extended non-use.

No Sound from LifeEar ACTIVE

If the sound from your LifeEar® ACTIVE is weak or there is no sound, try these helpful tips to try and resolve the problem.

  1. Make sure the LifeEar ACTIVE volume dial is in the ON position.
    NOTE: If you have a battery in the device, you should hear a whistle from the LifeEar when it is not in your ear and the volume is on. This is normal and a sound that indicates your LifeEar is working properly. Open the battery door fully to silence your device.
  2. Reposition the LifeEar ACTIVE in your ear.
  3. Turn the LifeEar ACTIVE volume dial to the OFF position. Open and then close battery compartment, wait 45 seconds, and turn LifeEar ACTIVE back ON.
  4. Check the battery contacts for corrosion. If there is any doubt, try a new one (remember to remove the pull-tab on the battery surface and wait one full minute before using a new battery.)
  5. Make sure battery is inserted correctly and battery compartment door is completely closed.
  6. Make sure battery is fresh. If there is any doubt, try a new one (remember to remove the pull-tab on the battery surface and wait one full minute before using a new battery).
  7. Humid environments sweat, and moisture may clog the device and distort sounds. Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier overnight.
  8. Check the Receiver for wax or debris. Use wire loop on the Cleaning Tool to remove move any wax in the Receiver.
  9. Humid environments, sweat, and moisture may clog the device and distort sounds. Consider using a hearing aid dehumidifier overnight.
  10. If your problem persists, email us at customerservice@lifeear.com with a description of your problem.

Excessive Whistling

LifeEar® ACTIVE makes a whistling sound when in the ear:

  • Whistling (feedback) occurs when the amplified sound returns to the microphone and is re-amplified.
  • Try a program with a lower volume setting.
  • Clean any wax from the LifeEar ACTIVE that may be interfering. Use the cleaning brush that was included in the package, a soft cloth or tissue.
  • If the LifeEar ACTIVE whistles despite being properly seated in your ear, add the Comply™ Premium Foam Tip.
  • Confirm that the LifeEar ACTIVE is working properly by removing the device from your ear and covering the LifeEar ACTIVE Receiver or attached Comply™ Premium Foam Tip with your finger. The whistling should stop.
  • If the problem persists, please email us at customerservice@lifeear.com with a description of your issue.

If the problem persists, email us at customerservice@lifeear.com with a description of your problem.

Using the Telephone with LifeEar ACTIVE

LifeEar® ACTIVE is designed for natural use with the telephone. Some people find a slight increase in LifeEar ACTIVE volume yields the best results when using the phone.

  1. Center the phone’s receiver (or cell phone’s speaker) over your ear and the properly inserted LifeEar ACTIVE Personal Sound Amplifier.
  2. Alternately, slightly angle the phone’s receiver forward.
  3. LifeEar can also be used with the speaker phone function.

 

Getting the Most from Your LifeEar

To get the most out of your LifeEar, remember these 3 keys:

  1. ACCLIMATION

    When you start using LifeEar, your brain has to learn how to listen to sounds that it has not had to process in years or has never processed.

    This can be a big adjustment, but the human brain is an amazingly adaptable, and at any age age it can still can relearn to how to properly process these sounds, but it takes time and practice. Medical studies have shown that your brain requires several weeks to adjust to a new sound environment and become accustomed to your new LifeEar. During this time:

    • You may initially notice lots of background noises. These noises have always been a part of your environment, and in time your brain will tune out many of them.
    • You may find that a quiet environment is more comfortable in the beginning.
    • Gradually introduce new listening environments as your ears become accustomed to your LifeEar and remember to try all four programs.
    • The addition of new sounds in your life can be overwhelming. Try wearing your LifeEar for a short period each day and gradually extend the time that you wear them as you feel comfortable.
    • In noisy environments, you may find it easier to understand what is being said by facing the speaker.
    • Your own voice may sound too loud. This is very common for new users. Most people find that they get used to the level of their own voice in a few days.
    • You may also feel plugged up or feel like you’re talking in a barrel, especially if you are using the Power LifeEar Tip. This is called the occlusion effect is a normal reaction to having something in your ear canal. The sensation usually goes away in the first few weeks.

    Using a LifeEar to its fullest can take practice and patience. Some people adjust very quickly, and most adapt within a few weeks. Please do not give up prematurely.

  2. QUALITY OF LIFE

    Everyone is born with two ears for a reason. The brain takes the sound input from both ears to understand a particular sound or voice. It is best to maintain balance by wearing a LifeEar in each ear. By maintaining balanced amplification you will experience:

    • Significantly better understanding of speech and conversation.
    • Less overall background noise amplification.
    • Better hearing and understanding in noisy situations.
    • Better localization of the direction of sounds.
    • Listening will be more pleasing and effortless.
    • Sound is balanced and more natural, especially music.
  3. THE COMFORT ZONE

    Everyone is born with two ears for a reason. The brain takes the sound input from both ears to understand a particular sound or voice. It is best to maintain balance by wearing a LifeEar in each ear. By maintaining balanced amplification you will experience:

    • LifeEar comes with two different sizes of of LifeEar Tips. If you hear a whistling noise when the device is on and in your ear, you may need to use the Power LifeEar Tip, which is included in the accessories bag.
    • It can take time for the LifeEar to feel comfortable. Try wearing it for 30-60 minutes a day at the beginning and gradually extend the time that you wear them each day.

Information about Personal Sound Amplification Products

PSAPs are not intended to make up for impaired hearing. Instead, they are intended for non-hearing-impaired consumers to amplify sounds in the environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities. If you believe you need a hearing aid, please consult a physician or audiologist for a thorough hearing examination.

If you have or think you may have any one of the following symptoms, do not use this product until you have consulted a physician:

  • Visible deformity of the ear
  • Pain or discomfort in the ear
  • Hearing on one side that worsened in the past 90 days
  • Fluid or drainage from the ear within the past 90 days
  • Sudden, rapidly progressing, or fluctuating hearing loss
  • Spells of acute or chronic dizziness
  • Ear canal blockage, a lasting ear infection or a plugged up fullness feeling
  • Excessive wax buildup, or a history of excessive wax buildup
  • Ringing in one or both ears within last 90 days