If you’ve got hearing aids, you should be able to hear, right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no issue doing their job if you properly maintain them.
Before you do anything extreme, go through this list. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it isn’t one of these common problems. For instance, your hearing aids might need recalibration, or your hearing may have changed.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
While hearing aid batteries have gotten significantly smaller and lifespans are getting better, the batteries still have to be occasionally replaced or recharged. That means that it’s important to maintain your hearing aids’ batteries. If it seems as if the sound is fading or cutting in and out, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
Investing in a battery tester, especially if you like to stock up, is a smart idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until it’s time to use them, always a good plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that huge pack you purchased months ago probably won’t hold a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you unpack new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This can help extend the battery life by allowing the zinc to activate.
Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff
No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have difficulty hearing, you’re much more likely than the average individual to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids are going to accumulate dirt and debris. You might find yourself with a dirt problem if sounds seem slightly off or distorted.
The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are lots of products available specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with things you already have around the house. Once you’ve taken apart your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean glasses or smartphone) to wipe down the hardware.
You can help keep your hearing aids from gathering excess grime by employing simple hygiene practices. Whenever you do something that involves liquid or moisture, such as cleaning your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make sure your hands aren’t wet when handling them.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (you won’t need to be submerged, even a sweat can be an issue). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain more quickly. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling might happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They might even seem to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Keep the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, take the battery out. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to flow with very little 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 bathroom or kitchen. Storing them in the bathroom may seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. If you live in a humid environment, you might want to think about getting a hearing aid storage box. Pricier models plug in, but less expensive models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you purchase shoes) to absorb moisture.
If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it might be time for you to give us a call.