What would you do if your hearing aids stopped working at a time when you needed them most. Such as in the middle of a phone call?
No one wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and general health. Keeping them functioning at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in top condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Understand The Instructions
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual describing how to take care of them so that you can get the best results. These manuals usually come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical challenges.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
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. After all, there have been lots of advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria like to 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.
Further hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most go away quickly, but some can cause permanent damage.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
The earpiece will be free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will collect dust which has bacteria if they are left lying on an open surface.
Keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, make sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.
Take an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, because that can also damage them.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your nephew’s piano recital.
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 period of time, always take out the battery. If you let your hearing aids sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their sensitive electronics can be harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be significantly prolonged by following these suggestions but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound distorted as this earwax builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax buildup.
The removal process is simple with the right tools. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface
Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Always put in your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.
7. Talk to a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.