Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be really frustrating. Luckily, your hearing aids should have no trouble doing their job if you take proper care of them.
Go over this list before you do anything rash. If it’s not one of these common issues, it may be time to pay us a visit to make sure there isn’t a more substantial problem. Your hearing might have changed, for instance, or you might need a hearing aid recalibration.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
While hearing aid batteries have gotten dramatically smaller and lifespans are improving, the batteries still need to be occasionally replaced or recharged. So staying on top of charging your batteries is important. If it seems like the sound is fading or coming and going, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
Purchasing a battery tester, especially if you like to stock up, is a practical idea. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack may not have the same voltage as the first few even if you keep them sealed. Another trick: When you open new batteries, wait 5 minutes before installing them. This can help the batteries last longer by allowing the zinc to become active.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris regardless of how clean you keep your ears and if you have trouble hearing you’re probably more conscientious about earwax. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or slightly off, dirt may be the cause.
The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!
You can purchase a kit for keeping your hearing aids clean or you can use things you already have around the house to clean them. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your computer screen or cellphone, to wipe your hearing aid down after disassembling it.
You can help keep your hearing aids from collecting excess grime by practicing basic hygiene practices. Clean and dry your hands before you handle your hearing aids, and take them out while you’re doing things, like washing up, styling your hair, or even shaving, that might put them at risk of being spritzed, sprayed, or splashed.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can be a real problem for hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (think working up a sweat, not deep-sea diving). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or draining more quickly. Depending on how much moisture’s gotten in, you might experience issues from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They may even appear to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Be certain that when you store your hearing aids, the battery door is open; and if you’re storing them for longer than overnight, remove the batteries entirely. It takes almost no effort and guarantees that air can circulate, and any captured moisture can escape.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. The bedroom is a practical spot, skip the bathroom or kitchen. Keeping them in the bathroom might seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will most likely want to get a hearing aid storage box if you live in an overly humid climate. Most models use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more expensive models get rid of moisture with electronics.
None of these are working out? It may be time to consult us.