What would you do if your hearing aids stopped working at a time when you most needed them. Such as when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning at maximum condition.
You can properly care for 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 included an instruction manual describing how to maintain them to get the best results. These manuals frequently include troubleshooting guides that will help you resolve many technical difficulties.
If something isn’t functioning properly, always consult the manual first.
Any problems involving the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices might not work in the same manner. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced substantially in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.
Ear infections can cause further hearing issues. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread more quickly on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Taking care not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.
Clean them carefully once every week, including any custom mold pieces.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax accumulation with frequent cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will accumulate dust which has bacteria if they are left resting on an exposed surface.
Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Remember to take them out before you bathe or shower. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.
Take an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.
Your battery might drain faster because it needs to make use of 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, like a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you go to an important event.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged length of time, always take out the battery. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their sensitive electronics can be damaged by battery acid.
You can significantly extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
Anytime you’re putting something into your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound muted as this earwax builds up. Set up 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 procedure. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. Dropping and breaking 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 the kitchen table.
7. If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing, Contact a Specialist
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. Your situation can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.