What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you needed them most. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them working in peak condition.
You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Read The Instructions
The most beneficial results will be achieved when you utilize the manual that was included with your hearing aids. Many technical difficulties you might be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.
Always go to the manual first if something isn’t working properly.
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 function the same way. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed significantly in recent years.
2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Bacteria often 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 result in an infection.
Ear infections can cause additional hearing concerns. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.
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. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.
Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.
The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with frequent cleaning.
3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet
Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will collect dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an open surface.
Adhere to the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Remember to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.
Take an umbrella with you if it’s raining.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other intense heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you go to a significant event.
When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. Remove the batteries if you’re going to go for a long period without using your hearing aids. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s fragile electronics.
You can substantially prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned
A little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal each time you insert your hearing aid. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it might eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax accumulation.
With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. An expert in hearing should be the only individual who conducts this procedure.
6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface
Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a real possibility in this situation. Always insert your devices over a soft surface like 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. There are solutions. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.