How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible moment. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anybody wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them working at maximum condition.
The following are 7 tips to help you correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them operating in peak condition.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The most beneficial results will be achieved when you make use of the manual that was included with your hearing aids. Many technical challenges you may be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
If something isn’t functioning correctly, always check the manual first.
The manual should address any problems related to the performance of your hearing aids. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices might not function the same way. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.
Further hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread more quickly on moist surfaces. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Being careful not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Clean them thoroughly once every week, including any custom mold pieces.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will collect dust that carries bacteria.
Keep your devices in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Remember to take them out before you bathe or shower. Keep your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it rains, take an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
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
Keep your battery charged and bring a backup when you attend an important event.
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 an extended duration, always remove 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.
You can significantly 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 put your hearing aid in. Voices will eventually start to sound muffled as this earwax accumulates. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. A hearing professional should be the only person who performs this procedure.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a real possibility in this scenario. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Contact a Specialist
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. There are answers. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.