Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When they aren’t working properly, it can be downright frustrating, it’s a real “You had ONE job” situation. Here’s the good news, with regular maintenance, your hearing aids should continue to function efficiently.

Consider this list before you do anything rash. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it’s not one of these common issues. Your hearing may have changed, for example, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are getting better, the batteries still need to be occasionally replaced or recharged. That means that it’s essential to maintain your hearing aids’ batteries. The first thing you need to do if your hearing aid begins to falter or cut in and out is check the battery.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

Investing in a battery tester, particularly if you like to stock up, is a worthwhile idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until it’s time to use them, always a good idea, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that huge pack you bought months ago likely won’t maintain a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you open new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This can help the batteries last longer by allowing the zinc to become active.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

Regardless of how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re a lot more likely than the average individual to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids will gather debris and dirt. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or a bit off, dirt might be the cause.

The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!

You can buy a kit for keeping your hearing aids clean or you can use things you already have around the house to keep them clean. 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 stop your hearing aids from attracting excess filth by employing basic hygiene habits. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or dampness, like washing your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make certain your hands are dry when handling them.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Moisture can be a real problem for hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (you don’t need to be underwater, even sweating can be problematic). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, clogging up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain faster. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture has gotten in. They could even seem to shut down.

The fix: Keep ‘em Dry

Leave the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, remove the battery. Any captured moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with almost no effort on your part.

Store hearing aids in a cool, dry place. The bedroom is a smart spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Even though the latter is convenient, the steam from a hot shower is exactly what you don’t want. You will likely want to get a hearing aid storage box if you live in an overly humid environment. Most versions use a desiccant in the form of a little moisture absorbing packet, but some more expensive versions remove moisture with electronics.

If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it might be time for a consultation with us.

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