What would you do if your hearing aids stopped working at a time when you needed them most. Such as in the middle of a phone call?
No one wants that to happen! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning at maximum condition.
The following are 7 tips to help you correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them performing at peak condition.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The most beneficial results will be accomplished when you utilize the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals usually include troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical challenges.
Always go to 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 had hearing aids before because your new devices may not work the same way. After all, there have been lots of advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can lead to an infection.
Ear infections can lead to additional hearing issues. Most are temporary, but some can cause lasting damage.
Bacteria like damp surfaces, so clean each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Being careful not to get them too wet, use 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. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. Even high humidity can damage them. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will collect dust that contains bacteria.
Keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, make sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.
When it rains, carry an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other extreme heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s piano recital.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended duration, always remove the battery. You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s sensitive electronics.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this advice but always bring a spare battery, just in case.
5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears
Anytime you’re putting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound distorted as this earwax builds up. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax accumulation.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Taking the chance of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. This can definitely result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Talk To a Specialist
You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.