If you have hearing aids, you should be able to hear, right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be really frustrating. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no problem doing their job if you take proper care of them.
Before you do anything drastic, look at this list. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it isn’t one of these common issues. 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. That means that it’s essential to maintain your hearing aids’ batteries. If it seems as if the sound is diminishing or coming and going, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
Investing in a battery tester, particularly if you like to stock up, is a worthwhile idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a good plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that giant pack you bought months ago most likely won’t last as long as the first few did. Another trick: When you unpack new batteries, wait 5 minutes before installing them. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can potentially help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
Your hearing aids will accumulate debris and dirt regardless of how clean you keep your ears and if you have trouble hearing you’re most likely more conscientious about earwax. You might find yourself with a dirt problem if sounds seem a little off or distorted.
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 items you already have around the house. Once you’ve disassembled 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.
You can help stop your hearing aids from collecting excess grime by practicing simple hygiene habits. Wash and dry your hands before you take care of your hearing aids, and take them out while you’re doing anything, such as washing your face, styling your hair, or even shaving, that may put them in jeopardy of being spritzed, sprayed, or splattered.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can be a real problem for hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (you won’t need to be underwater, even sweating can be a problem). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, clogging up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain more quickly. Depending on how much moisture’s entered, you might experience issues from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They may even seem to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Keep the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, take the battery out. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with very little effort on your part.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. Don’t store them in the kitchen or bathroom. Storing them in the bathroom may seem convenient but moisture is just too much. You will likely want to purchase a hearing aid storage box if you live in a very humid climate. Most models use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more costly models get rid of moisture with electronics.
If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it may be time for a consultation with us.