How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Like when you’re in a crucial meeting.
Nobody wants that to occur! 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 in peak condition.
The following are 7 steps to help you correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them performing at peak condition.
1. Understand The Instructions
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual explaining how to maintain them so that you can experience the best results. These manuals normally include troubleshooting guides that will help you resolve many technical challenges.
If something isn’t functioning properly, always consult the manual first.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Newer hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the past few years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
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.
Ear infections can lead to further hearing issues. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.
Bacteria favor damp surfaces, so clean each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.
Once each week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.
The earpiece will be free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left lying on an exposed surface.
Stay within the recommendations of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Remember to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Leave your hearing aids in another room during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it rains, bring an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other intense heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s concert.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long 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 delicate electronics.
You can substantially extend the life of your batteries with this advice but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax inside the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax buildup.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can definitely lead to dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. Contact a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.