Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

Woman putting on her hearing aid over the couch in case she drops it.

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Such as 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 general health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning in peak condition.

You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in top condition by following these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The best results will be attained when you utilize the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical problems you may be having can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.

If something isn’t functioning correctly, always check the manual first.

Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Modern hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the past few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

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 problems can be the result of an ear infection. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.

After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Water can damage your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Disinfect them regularly with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.

Once a week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.

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 lying on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.

Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you bathe or shower. Keep your hearing aids in another room when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

When it’s raining, bring an umbrella.

Your battery may drain faster because it needs to use 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 intense heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also do damage to them.

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your child’s concert.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended period 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 harmed by battery acid.

The life of your battery can be substantially prolonged by adhering to these suggestions 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 begin to sound muted as this earwax accumulates. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excess earwax accumulation.

With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. A hearing professional should be the only individual who conducts this procedure.

6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a real possibility in this situation. Over a bed, couch, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.

7. Contact a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing

You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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