What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you most needed them. Like when you’re in an important meeting.
No one wants that to happen! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. Keeping them working in peak condition lets you obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.
You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by following these 7 tips.
1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual
The best results will be accomplished when you utilize the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals often include troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.
If something isn’t functioning properly, always check the manual first.
Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. Newer hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has advanced significantly in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
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 result in an infection.
Further hearing issues can be the outcome of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.
After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread more quickly on moist surfaces. Water can damage your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Being careful not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.
Clean them thoroughly once per week, including any custom mold pieces.
Regularly cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.
3. Don’t Allow 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. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.
Stay within the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Keep your hearing aids out of the bathroom during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.
When it’s raining, bring an umbrella.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.
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 attend an important event.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. Take out the batteries if you are going to go for a long period without wearing your hearing aids. If you let your hearing aids sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their sensitive electronics can be harmed by battery acid.
The life of your battery can be substantially prolonged by adhering to these recommendations but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.
5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally
Anytime you’re putting something into your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax into the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excessive earwax accumulation.
The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. It should only be performed by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.
6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. Consult a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are answers. Schedule an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.