What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you most needed them. Like in the middle of a phone call?
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. Keeping them working in peak condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can correctly 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 included an instruction manual explaining how to take care of them so that you can experience the best results. Many technical problems you may be experiencing 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.
Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices might not work in the same manner. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced considerably in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.
Additional hearing problems can be the consequence of an ear infection. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.
Bacteria like moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once a week, including any custom mold pieces.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t leave them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids will gather dust which has bacteria if they are left sitting on an open surface.
Keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Remember to take them out before you bathe or shower. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.
Your battery may drain faster because it has to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always bring your charger with you.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other extreme heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s concert.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. Remove the batteries if you are going to go for a long period without wearing your hearing aids. You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.
The life of your battery can be substantially extended by adhering to these recommendations but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax inside the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound muted. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.
With the right tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be performed by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. Consult a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. There are answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.