Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When your hearing aid fails at its one job, it can be extremely frustrating. The good news is, with regular upkeep, your hearing aids should be up to the job.
Before you do anything extreme, consider this list. If it’s not one of these ordinary problems, it may be time to pay us a visit to ensure there isn’t a larger problem. Your hearing may have changed, for instance, or you might need a hearing aid recalibration.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still require recharging and replacing occasionally. That means that it’s important to maintain your hearing aids’ batteries. The first thing you need to do if your hearing aid begins to falter or cut in and out is check the battery.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
Purchasing a battery tester, particularly 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 they stay sealed. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you open new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This can help the batteries last longer by allowing the zinc to activate.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
Regardless of how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re much more likely than the average individual to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids are going to collect dirt and debris. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or a bit off, dirt could be the cause.
The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are lots of products available specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with items you already have around the house. Once you’ve disassembled your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean the screen of a computer or smartphone) to wipe down the hardware.
You can help keep your hearing aids from gathering excess filth by practicing basic hygiene practices. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or moisture, like washing your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make sure your hands are dry when handling them.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (think working up a sweat, not snorkeling). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, clogging up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain faster. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They might even appear to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Leave the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, remove the battery. Any captured moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with almost no effort on your part.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. Don’t keep them in the bathroom or kitchen. Storing them in the bathroom might seem convenient but moisture is just too much. You will likely want to get a hearing aid storage box if you live in a very humid climate. Most versions use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more costly models eliminate moisture with electronics.
None of these are working? It might be time to consult us.