If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve recently purchased hearing aids. If this is your first time wearing hearing aids, you’re in for plenty of wonderful surprises – improved relationships with your friends and family, clearer conversations and even improved safety around the house and on the road! But before you set out into the world with your new aids, there are a few important tips to keep in mind.
are an investment – and likely an investment you want to keep safe. Hearing aids are also delicate electronics, so caring for them requires lots of attention to detail. For your new hearing aids, these are the most important do’s and don’ts.
DO allow time to adjust to your hearing aids. You should begin to wear your hearing aids during waking hours – but just like contact lenses, it might take a few days to adjust to your new aids. Gradually increase the wearing time every day until they are like second nature.
DO store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Your hearing aids’ worst enemies are heat and humidity. Make sure your aids are stored somewhere that avoids both.
DO put your hearing aids in after applying make up and hair products. To protect your hearing aids from debris and harmful substances, wait until after you apply make up and hair spray, perfume and other substances to put in your hearing aids. This can usually be done by opening the battery door, and will save your aid from certain possible electrical malfunctions. Just in case you drop your aid when removing it, do so over a soft surface to protect it from damage.
DO remove your hearing aid during certain outdoor activities. Unless you have a dust, dirt, shock or water resistant hearing aid, remove your aid before activities that might cause your aid to get wet with humidity, water or perspiration.
DON’T store your hearing aid in hot or humid places - like the car, your bathroom or direct sunlight. You need a cool, dry place to store your aids. Don’t leave your aid in the car or in sunlight from a window, since this will heat them up. Your bathroom is likely too humid. Try your bedside table. Hearing aid batteries can corrode and leak if left for too long. To avoid this, simply open the battery door when storing your aids, or remove the battery entirely. We can help you with most repairs for your hearing aids. Opening the aid yourself voids the warranty for most manufacturers! We can help you keep your hearing aid in perfect working order! Make sure to schedule regular follow ups with us.
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