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.
That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. Keeping them functioning at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
The following are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them working at peak condition.
1. Understand The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual outlining how to maintain them so that you can get the best results. Many technical problems you may be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
Any problems involving the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices might not work in the same manner. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.
Ear infections can cause additional hearing concerns. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.
Bacteria like moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Being careful not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Clean them thoroughly once every week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will be free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t keep them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids resting on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, be sure you take them out. Keep your hearing aids in another room when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Take an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other extreme heat.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
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. Take out the batteries if you are going to go for a long time without using your hearing aids. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.
You can substantially prolong 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 little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you put your hearing aid in. If you let this earwax build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing professional to check for excessive earwax buildup.
The removal process is simple with the right tools. A hearing professional should be the only person who performs this procedure.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing, Contact a Specialist
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are answers. Schedule an appointment for a consultation.