How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible moment. 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. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them working at maximum condition.
You can properly care for 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 outlining how to maintain them so that you can get the best results. These manuals normally come with troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.
Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Modern hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
While there’s always 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 further hearing concerns. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.
Bacteria prefer damp surfaces, so clean each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Keep your devices in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before you go into the shower or bathe, be sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it’s raining, take an umbrella.
Your battery might drain faster because it has to make use of 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 intense heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Keep your battery charged and bring a backup when you attend an important event.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. Take out the batteries if you are going to go for a long time without using 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 fragile electronics.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally
A little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal each time you put your hearing aid in. Voices will eventually start to sound muffled as this earwax accumulates. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with us to check for abnormal earwax buildup.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. An audiologist should be the only individual who performs this procedure.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this scenario. Always put in your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.
7. Consult Us If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. There are answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.