How would you handle it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Such as in the middle of a phone call?
Nobody wants that to happen! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. Keeping them working in peak condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
You can correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.
1. Become Familiar With The Instruction Manual
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual explaining how to maintain them to experience the best results. Many technical challenges you may be experiencing can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
The manual should cover any issues pertaining to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the past few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can occur.
Ear infections can lead to further hearing problems. Most go away quickly, but some can cause permanent damage.
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. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax accumulation 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. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left sitting on an exposed surface.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Don’t forget to take them out before you bathe or shower. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Your battery may die faster because it has to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, because that can also damage them.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Keep your battery charged and bring a backup when you attend a significant event.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. If you’re not going to wear them for a prolonged amount of time, always take out 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 harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be substantially prolonged by adhering to these guidelines but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally
Anytime you’re putting something into your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax into the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax accumulation.
The removal process is simple with the correct tools. An expert in hearing should be the only person who performs this procedure.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Always put in your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.
7. Talk to a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing
You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. There are solutions. Make an appointment to come see us.