What would you do if your hearing aids quit working at a time when you most needed them. Such as when you’re in a crucial meeting.
That’s not something anyone wants! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. Keeping them working at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.
You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them working in top condition by implementing these 7 tips.
1. Read The Instructions
Your hearing aids included an instruction manual explaining how to maintain them so that you can get the best results. Many technical difficulties you may be having can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.
If something isn’t working properly, always check the manual first.
Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed 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 progressed significantly in recent years.
2. Clean Your Hearing Aids
Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.
If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can occur.
Further hearing issues can be the outcome of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.
After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in 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. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.
Hearing aids will gather dust which contains bacteria if they are left sitting on an exposed surface.
Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Don’t forget 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 while getting ready.
Take an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.
Always bring your charger with you because your battery may drain faster if the air has moisture.
Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other extreme heat.
4. Keep The Battery Charged
Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s concert.
Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. If you plan on not wearing them for a prolonged length of time, always remove the battery. If you let your hearing aids 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.
The life of your battery can be substantially prolonged by following these guidelines but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, 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 accumulates. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excessive earwax buildup.
The removal procedure is simple with the right 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
Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can easily lead to dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to put them in.
7. If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing, Talk To a Specialist
You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment for a consultation.