Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be seriously frustrating. The good news is, with regular upkeep, your hearing aids should be up to the job.
Before you do anything extreme, go through this list. It may be time to come in and see us if you find it isn’t one of these ordinary issues. Your hearing might have changed, for example, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still need to be recharged or replaced sometimes. So keeping up with charging your batteries is crucial. If it seems as if the sound is diminishing or coming and going, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
A battery tester is a beneficial investment, particularly if you like to stock up. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack may not have as much voltage as the first few even if you keep them sealed. Another trick: When you open new batteries, wait 5 minutes before putting them in. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can possibly help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re a lot more likely than the average person to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris. You may find yourself with a dirt problem if sounds seem a little off or distorted.
The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are lots of products on the market specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with items you already have around the house. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your computer screen or cellphone, to wipe your hearing aid down after taking it apart.
You can help stop your hearing aids from accumulating excess grime by employing basic hygiene practices. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or moisture, like cleaning 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
Even a little bit of moisture can really damage your hearing aid (you don’t need to be submerged, even a sweat can be problematic). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain more quickly. Issues ranging from distortion to static or even crackling might happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They might even appear to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep ‘em Dry
Make sure that when you store your hearing aids, you open the battery door; and if you’re storing them for longer than overnight, remove the batteries completely. It takes almost zero effort and ensures that air can circulate, and any captured moisture can escape.
Store hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Don’t store them in the kitchen or bathroom. Even though the latter is convenient, the moisture from a hot shower is exactly what you don’t want. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to think about investing in a hearing aid storage box. Pricier models plug in, but less expensive models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you buy shoes) to take in moisture.
If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it may be time for a consultation with us.