How would you handle it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible moment. Like when you’re in a crucial meeting.
That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them working in peak condition.
The following are 7 steps to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them operating in peak condition.
1. Understand The Instructions
The best results will be accomplished when you utilize the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical problems you might be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve had hearing aids before because your new devices may not work in the same manner. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed substantially in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can occur.
Ear infections can cause additional hearing problems. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.
Bacteria prefer damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.
Clean them thoroughly once a week, including any custom mold pieces.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even high humidity can cause damage. Don’t keep them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids will collect dust which has bacteria if they are left lying on an open surface.
Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you bathe or shower. Keep your hearing aids out of the bathroom during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it rains, bring an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also do damage to them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s piano recital.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. If you’re not going to wear them for an extended period of time, always remove the battery. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their sensitive electronics can be harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be significantly 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
A little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you insert your hearing aid. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound muffled. 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 procedure. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface
Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a realistic possibility in this scenario. Always put in your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Talk To a Specialist
If you’re not having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.