What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you needed them most. Such as when you’re in a crucial meeting.
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. Keeping them functioning at maximum condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Understand The Instructions
Your hearing aids came with a manual outlining how to take care of them so that you can experience the best results. Many technical problems you may be having can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.
Any problems involving the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices may not work the same way. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced substantially in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
While there’s always some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, it can lead to an infection.
Ear infections can trigger additional hearing concerns. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread more quickly 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 disinfect and clean them.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.
Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Don’t Let 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. Don’t leave them on the nightstand after cleaning.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will collect dust that carries bacteria.
Adhere to the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or bathe, be sure you take them out. Keep your hearing aids in another room during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it rains, bring an umbrella.
Your battery might drain faster because it needs to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.
Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to extreme heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also do damage to them.
4. Avoid Draining The Battery
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s concert.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended amount of time, always remove the battery. 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.
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. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
Anytime you’re putting something into your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax into the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound muted. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. A hearing professional should be the only individual who conducts this procedure.
6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a realistic possibility in this scenario. Always insert your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.
7. Consult a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing
You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment to come see us.