How would you handle it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Like in the middle of a phone call?
That’s not something anybody wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning in peak condition.
The following are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them operating in peak condition.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual describing how to take care of them to get the best results. These manuals normally include troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.
Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
Any problems involving 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. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced considerably in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can be the result.
Ear infections can trigger additional hearing trouble. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.
After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Taking care not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids resting on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, 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.
Bring an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.
Your battery might drain faster because it has to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always bring your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also do damage to them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s piano recital.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. Remove the batteries if you are going to go for a long time without wearing your hearing aids. If you let your hearing aids sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their delicate electronics can be harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be significantly extended by adhering to these recommendations but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal each time you insert your hearing aid. Voices will eventually begin to sound muted as this earwax builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excess earwax accumulation.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. It should only be performed 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 chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a real possibility in this scenario. Always put in your devices over a soft surface like 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’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment to come see us.