How would you handle it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Such as in the middle of a phone call?
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. Keeping them working at maximum condition lets you obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The best results will be accomplished when you use the manual that was included with your hearing aids. Many technical challenges you may be having can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.
If something isn’t working properly, always consult the manual first.
The manual should cover any issues pertaining 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 in the same manner. After all, there have been many changes in hearing aid technology in the past few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
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 thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can cause an infection.
Ear infections can lead to further hearing concerns. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.
Bacteria like damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Never put your hearing aids in 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.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t leave them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will collect dust that contains bacteria.
Adhere to the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, make sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.
When it rains, bring an umbrella.
Your battery might drain faster because it needs to use 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 extreme heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your nephew’s piano recital.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. Remove the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time without wearing your hearing aids. If you allow your hearing aids to 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.
You can significantly extend the life of your batteries with this advice 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 insert your hearing aid. Voices will eventually start to sound muted as this earwax accumulates. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excessive earwax buildup.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. An expert in hearing should be the only individual who performs this procedure.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a realistic possibility in this situation. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
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 answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.