What would you do if your hearing aids stopped working at a time when you needed them most. Like 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. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them working in peak condition.
You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
Your hearing aids came with a manual explaining how to maintain them so that you can experience the best results. These manuals frequently come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical challenges.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Modern hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed substantially in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.
Further hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause permanent damage.
After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Taking care not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.
Once a week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with frequent cleaning.
3. Don’t Allow Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
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 sitting on a surface in your home will collect dust that contains bacteria.
Adhere to the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, be sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
Take 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 damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other extreme heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Keep your battery charged and bring a backup when you attend a significant event.
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 from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s fragile electronics.
You can substantially extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re putting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound distorted. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal procedure is simple with the right tools. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a realistic possibility in this scenario. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.
7. Contact a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are solutions. Make an appointment to come see us for an exam.