How would you handle it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible moment. Such as when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. Keeping them working at maximum condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
The following are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them operating in peak condition.
1. Understand The Instructions
The best results will be achieved when you make use of the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical problems you might be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
If something isn’t working correctly, always consult the manual first.
The manual should address any issues pertaining to the performance of your hearing aids. This is important even if you’ve had hearing aids before because your new devices might not function in the same manner. After all, there have been many changes 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 properly clean the hearing aids, it can lead to an infection.
Ear infections can lead to further hearing issues. Most go away quickly, but some can cause permanent damage.
Bacteria favor damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
Regularly cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.
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 keep them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will collect dust that carries bacteria.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place as outlined by the manufacturer’s recommendations. Remember to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always keep your charger with you because your battery could 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 do damage to them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s concert.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time period without using your hearing aids. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s sensitive electronics.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this advice but always carry a spare battery, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. Voices will eventually begin to sound muffled as this earwax builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing professional to check for excessive earwax buildup.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. This can definitely result in dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Always insert your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Speak to a Specialist
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment to come see us.