How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning in peak condition.
You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual explaining how to take care of them to experience the best results. These manuals often include troubleshooting guides that will help you resolve many technical challenges.
Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
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. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced substantially in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.
Ear infections can lead to additional hearing concerns. Most are temporary, but some can cause lasting damage.
After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Being careful not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even high humidity can damage them. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids sitting on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Adhere to the recommendations of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Remember 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 while getting ready.
When it rains, take an umbrella.
Your battery might drain faster because it needs to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always bring your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, because that can also do damage to them.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your child’s piano recital.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged duration, always remove the battery. You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.
The life of your battery can be significantly prolonged by following these guidelines but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal each time you insert your hearing aid. Voices will eventually start to sound muffled as this earwax accumulates. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal process is simple with the right tools. An expert in hearing should be the only person who performs this procedure.
6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. Contact a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment to come see us.