How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Like in the middle of a phone call?
Nobody wants that to occur! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. Keeping them functioning at maximum condition lets you obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
The following are 7 steps to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them working at peak condition.
1. Understand The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual describing how to take care of them to get the best results. Many technical difficulties you might be having can be resolved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
The manual should cover any issues related to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids function differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the past few years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.
Additional hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.
Bacteria like damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Being careful not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
The earpiece will be free of any wax buildup with frequent cleaning.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t put them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an open surface.
Keep your devices in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, make sure you take them out. Keep your hearing aids in another room when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Take an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.
Your battery might drain faster because it needs to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other intense heat.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your nephew’s piano recital.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged period of time, always remove the battery. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.
You can significantly prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax inside the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound muted as this earwax builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excessive earwax buildup.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Always insert your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.
7. If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing, Talk To a Specialist
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.