How to Care for Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are incredible devices that can help those suffering from hearing loss regain some independence in their lives. However, with all the astonishing technology involved with hearing aids, it should be no surprise that these devices are a little on the delicate side, too. That said, with the right care and attention, you should be able to keep your aid safe, sound and out of trouble. Here are a few ideas to ensure you reduce the chances of your hearing device malfunctioning and costing you in repairs.
Handle with care
At some point, you will find that wearing your hearing aid becomes second nature. The trouble is that it’s easy to forget how delicate these devices actually are. Handling them with overconfidence or without proper scrutiny is going to end in disaster. So, always handle your equipment with care. Hold them securely and always place them on a soft towel when changing batteries or cleaning them.
Earwax and buildups of dirt are a major problem area for hearing aids. It’s important to ensure that you keep your device free of earwax as much as possible, or you will end up with decreased performance. It’s a good idea to use a dry cotton swab or soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any build-ups on the device every time you use it.
Change the wax filter
Some hearing aids have filters to protect them from earwax, but these can clog up fairly quickly. It’s important to change those filters periodically, as you could end up damaging your device. Bear in mind that not all filters are the same, so speak to your hearing specialist about which one you should use - and how to change it.
Every now and again, you should hand over your hearing aid to a professional hearing specialist for cleaning. It’s a little like getting a maintenance check and service for your car and will keep your device working for a long time into the future.
Your hearing care provider will give you the full details, but it’s essential to keep your hearing aids away from moisture of any kind - and store them away in a dry place. Damp and moisture can cause serious damage and even those that are water-resistant are not waterproof - so never wear them in the shower or while swimming.
Change the batteries
Finally, it’s important to ensure you are changing your batteries on a regular basis. Ultimately, if you leave the same batteries in your hearing aid for an extended period of time, you are open to them corroding - and also damaging the hearing aid. When cleaning your hearing aid, don’t forget to clean the battery contacts as well. The performance will be all the better for it. Always take out your batteries if you do not intend to use the device for a couple of days, too.
Taking care of your hearing aid correctly can extend its lifespan and save you a significant amount of money. Given the investment you put into these devices, treat them very carefully for the best possible value and performance.