How would you handle it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible moment. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. Keeping them working in peak condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual explaining how to take care of them to get the best results. These manuals often include troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical challenges.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve had hearing aids before because your new devices may not function the same way. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed considerably in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.
Additional hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most go away quickly, but some can cause irreversible damage.
Bacteria prefer damp surfaces, so clean each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Taking care not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.
Clean them carefully once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.
Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and store 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 when getting ready.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always keep your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme 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 concert.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. Take out 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 time periods 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 guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
A little bit 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 builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax accumulation.
With the right tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. Dropping and breaking 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. Consult a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.