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?
No one wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning at maximum condition.
You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The best results will be achieved when you use the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical challenges you might be having can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always check out 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 had hearing aids before because your new devices might not work in the same manner. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.
Further hearing issues can be the consequence of an ear infection. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.
Bacteria favor moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Disinfect them regularly with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax accumulation with frequent cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will accumulate dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an exposed surface.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before you go into the shower or bathe, make sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.
Your battery might die faster because it has to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other extreme heat.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your child’s concert.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged amount of time, always take out the battery. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you insert your hearing aid. If you let this earwax build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound distorted. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal procedure is simple with the right tools. It should only be performed by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. This can easily lead to dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Always put in your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Consult a Specialist
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are answers. Make an appointment to come see us.