How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Like in the middle of a phone call?
That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. Keeping them working at maximum condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The best results will be achieved when you utilize the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals typically come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical difficulties.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. 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 lots of changes in hearing aid technology in the last few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
While there’s always some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.
Ear infections can lead to further hearing trouble. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.
Bacteria like damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
Regularly cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. Even high humidity can damage them. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids resting on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.
Store 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. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.
When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.
Always keep your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other intense heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your child’s concert.
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 amount of time, always remove the battery. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s fragile electronics.
You can significantly extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax into the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing professional to check for abnormal earwax buildup.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can definitely result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. Talk to a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing
You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.