How would you handle it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anybody wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning at maximum condition.
You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The best results will be attained when you utilize the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical problems you may be experiencing can be resolved by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.
If something isn’t functioning correctly, always consult the manual first.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. 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 considerably 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 lead to additional hearing issues. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.
Bacteria like damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Taking care not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Once a week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.
When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other intense heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s piano recital.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended duration, always take out the battery. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s sensitive electronics.
The life of your battery can be substantially prolonged by adhering to these guidelines 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 inserting something in your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax into the canal. Voices will eventually begin to sound muffled as this earwax accumulates. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. This can easily lead to dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Speak to a Specialist
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be improved. Schedule an appointment for a consultation.