Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be seriously frustrating. Luckily, your hearing aids should have no problem doing their job if you take proper care of them.
Before you do anything drastic, consider this list. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it isn’t one of these ordinary issues. For example, your hearing aids might need recalibration, or your hearing may have changed.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still require recharging and replacing occasionally. So keeping up with charging your batteries is important. If it seems like the sound is diminishing or coming and going, check your battery first.
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 might not have as much voltage as the first few even if they stay sealed. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you unpack new batteries before you install them. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can possibly help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff
No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re a lot more likely than the average person to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids are going to accumulate debris and dirt. You might find yourself with a dirt problem if sounds seem a little bit off or distorted.
The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!
You can purchase a kit for cleaning your hearing aids or you can use things you already have around the house to keep them clean. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your cellphone or glasses, to wipe your hearing aid down after disassembling it.
You can help stop your hearing aids from accumulating excess grime by practicing basic hygiene habits. Whenever you do something that involves liquid or moisture, like washing 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
Even a small amount of moisture can really damage your hearing aid (think working up a sweat, not deep-sea diving). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain faster. Depending on how much moisture’s gotten in, you may experience issues from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They might even seem to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep ‘em Dry
Make sure that when you store your hearing aids, you open the battery door; and if you’re taking them out for longer than 24 hours, remove the batteries entirely. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with almost no effort on your part.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. The bedroom is a practical spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Keeping them in the bathroom may seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will likely want to get a hearing aid storage box if you live in a very humid climate. Most versions use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more costly models remove moisture with electronics.
If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it may be time for you to give us a call.