Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

Your hearing aids should improve your hearing right? When they aren’t working correctly, it can be extremely frustrating, it’s a real “You had ONE job” situation. The good news is, with regular maintenance, your hearing aids should be up to the job.

Before you do anything extreme, go through this list. It may be time to come in and see us if you find it isn’t one of these ordinary problems. Your hearing may have changed, for instance, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are improving, the batteries still have to be replaced occasionally or recharged. That means that it’s essential 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

A battery tester is a beneficial investment, especially if you like to stock up. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack may not have as much voltage as the first few even if you keep them sealed. Another trick: When you open new batteries, wait 5 minutes before installing them. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can possibly extend the life of the batteries.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris no matter how clean you keep your ears and if you have difficulty hearing you’re probably more conscientious about earwax. You may find yourself with a dirt issue if sounds seem a bit off or distorted.

The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!

There are plenty of products on the market specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with items you already have around the house. Once you’ve taken apart 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 components.

Simple hygiene practices will really help with keeping your hearing aids clean. Whenever you do something that involves liquid or moisture, like cleaning 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 be a real problem for hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (think working up a sweat, not snorkeling). The vent in the hearing aid and the battery can even be effected by humidity in the air. Issues ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture has gotten in. They might even seem to quit altogether.

The fix: Keep ‘em 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.

Store hearing aids in a cool, dry spot. The bedroom is a smart spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Although the latter is convenient, the steam from a hot shower is exactly what you don’t want. If you live in a humid environment, you may want to think about investing in a hearing aid storage box. Most models use a desiccant in the form of a little moisture absorbing packet, but some more expensive models remove moisture with electronics.

None of the above are working out? It may be time to speak with us.

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