What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you needed them most. Such as when you’re in an important meeting.
No one wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and general health. Keeping them functioning in peak condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by implementing these 7 tips.
1. Become Familiar With The Instruction Manual
Your hearing aids came with a manual explaining how to take care of them to get the best results. Many technical difficulties you might be having can be resolved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
The manual should address any issues related to the performance of your hearing aids. Modern hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the past few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
While there’s always some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.
Ear infections can cause additional hearing trouble. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Taking care not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Once a week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.
The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t put them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an exposed surface.
Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, be sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Your battery may drain faster because it needs to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always bring your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your nephew’s concert.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. Remove the batteries if you’re going to go for a long period without using your hearing aids. You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.
The life of your battery can be substantially lengthened by adhering to these suggestions 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 little bit of earwax inside the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound muted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excess earwax accumulation.
The removal process is simple with the correct tools. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this scenario. 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 Improved Hearing
You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.