What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you most needed them. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
Nobody wants that to happen! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. Keeping them working at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
The following are 7 tips to help you correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them performing at peak condition.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
Your hearing aids came with a manual explaining how to maintain them to get the best results. These manuals usually come with troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical challenges.
If something isn’t working correctly, always check the manual first.
The manual should address any issues pertaining to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids function differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced substantially in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
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 occur.
Ear infections can cause additional hearing concerns. Most are temporary, but some can cause lasting damage.
Bacteria prefer moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Water can damage your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.
Clean them carefully once every week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. Even high humidity can cause damage. Don’t keep them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids resting on a surface in your house will collect dust that carries 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, be sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always keep your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other intense heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you attend a significant event.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time period without wearing your hearing aids. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be significantly lengthened by following these recommendations but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally
Anytime you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax into the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it might 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 correct tools. An expert in hearing should be the only individual who conducts this procedure.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can definitely result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Always put in your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.
7. Contact a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. There are answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us.