Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

If you’ve got hearing aids, you should be capable of hearing, right? When they aren’t working properly, it can be downright frustrating, it’s a real “You had ONE job” scenario. The good news is, with regular upkeep, your hearing aids should continue to function efficiently.

Consider this list before you do anything rash. If it’s not one of these ordinary issues, it might be time to schedule an appointment with us to make sure there isn’t a more substantial problem. Your hearing might have changed, for example, or you might need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still need to be recharged or replaced occasionally. So staying on top of charging your batteries is crucial. If it seems like the sound is fading or cutting in and out, check your battery first.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

Purchasing a battery tester, especially if you like to stock up, is a practical idea. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack might not have as much voltage as the first few even if they stay sealed. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you open new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can possibly extend the life of the batteries.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris no matter how clean you keep your ears and if you have trouble hearing you’re probably more conscientious about earwax. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or slightly off, dirt may be the cause.

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 things you already have around the house. Once you’ve taken apart your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean the screen of a computer or smartphone) to wipe down the hardware.

Simple hygiene practices will go a long way to keeping your hearing aids clean. Whenever you do something that involves liquid or dampness, like cleaning your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make sure your hands aren’t wet when handling them.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (think sweating, not deep-sea diving). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or draining more quickly. Depending on how much moisture’s entered, you could experience issues from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They might even seem to quit altogether.

The fix: Keep ‘em Dry

Be certain that when you store your hearing aids, the battery door is open; and if you’re storing them for longer than 24 hours, remove the batteries completely. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with almost no effort on your part.

A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. Don’t store them in the bathroom or kitchen. Even though the latter is convenient, the moisture from a hot shower is specifically what you don’t want. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to consider getting a hearing aid storage box. Pricier models plug in, but less costly 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 you to give us a call.

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