What would you do if your hearing aids stopped working at a time when you most needed them. Such as when you’re in a crucial meeting.
Nobody wants that to happen! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. Keeping them working at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual describing how to take care of them so that you can get the best results. Many technical challenges you may be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
If something isn’t functioning properly, always consult the manual first.
Any problems involving the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. 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 last few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, it can lead to an infection.
Ear infections can lead to additional hearing trouble. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.
Bacteria like moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once every week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.
Follow the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or bathe, be sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids in another room during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Your battery may drain faster because it has to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, because that can also damage 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. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged period of time, always take out the battery. 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 sensitive electronics can be harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be significantly prolonged 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
Anytime you’re putting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. Set up an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal procedure is simple with the right tools. It should only be conducted 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 Above 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 situation. Always insert 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, Talk To a Specialist
If you’re not having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. There are solutions. Make an appointment to come see us.