How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Like in the middle of a phone call?
Nobody wants that to occur! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them working in peak condition.
The following are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them working at peak condition.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual describing how to take care of them to get the best results. These manuals frequently come with troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.
If something isn’t functioning properly, always check the manual first.
The manual should address any issues related to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many changes in hearing aid technology in the last few years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.
While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can lead to an infection.
Additional hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most go away quickly, but some can cause lasting damage.
Bacteria like moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Never put your hearing aids in water. Being careful not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Clean them carefully once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. Even high humidity can damage them. Don’t put them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an open surface.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Remember to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Keep your hearing aids in another room when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always keep your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other intense heat.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s piano recital.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. 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 sensitive electronics.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this advice but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you put your hearing aid in. Voices will eventually start to sound muffled as this earwax builds up. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. A hearing professional should be the only person who conducts this procedure.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. Talk to a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment for a consultation.