How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids
Proper hearing aid care is essential to keep your devices in good working condition. Your hearing aids are an investment and you should protect them to make sure that you always have them to wear. If you learn how to take care of your hearing aids, you can prevent many problems that might arise because of improper handling or maintenance. Cleaning your hearing aids, storing them properly and knowing when not to wear them will all help you to look after them.
Storing your hearing aids
When you're not wearing your hearing aids, knowing how to store them and your hearing aid batteries is important. You should put them in a cool, dry place so that they aren't affected by moisture or by cold or heat. Avoid keeping them in the bathroom and try to take them off in your bedroom before going for a shower or bath, instead of when you get into the bathroom. Some people keep their hearing aids in a hearing aid dehumidifier, especially if they live in a humid area. Of course, store your hearing aids somewhere safe too, where they won't get damaged or stolen. That means keep them away from children and pets, especially.
Cleaning your hearing aids
Keeping your hearing aids clean can prevent a variety of problems. Some issues with sound can be caused by a buildup of wax and debris. One way to keep your hearing aids clean is simply to wipe them with a soft cloth regularly so they start free of dust and dirt. You can also use a dry toothbrush or a dry cotton swab to wipe away earwax on your device, especially any that might collect on the receiver and microphone. Professional cleaning is available too and you can buy a special hearing aid cleaning kit if you want.
Changing hearing aid batteries
Your hearing aid batteries need to be changed regularly. This might be every few weeks or it could be every few days. It's important to have spare batteries on hand at all times so that you're always ready to change them when necessary. When a battery is dead, you need to change it as soon as possible so that it doesn't trap moisture inside your hearing aid. If you're not going to be wearing your hearing aids for a while, take the batteries out and leave the battery case empty with the compartment open. You should also leave the battery compartment open any time you're not wearing your hearing aids.
Handling your hearing aids
Remember to handle your hearing aids with care if you want them to last a long time. While they're durable for their size and capabilities, hearing aids are still small and can easily be broken if you're not careful. You don't want to drop them, stand or sit on them or even have them chewed up by the family dog. Whenever you're handling them or choosing where to put them down, try to take care to avoid any unnecessary damage.
When not to wear your hearing aids
There are times when you shouldn't wear your hearing aids if you want to protect them. For example, avoid wearing them in a steamy bathroom or sauna, or when you go swimming. Protect them from moisture and heat as much as you can. If you're styling your hair, it's best to do it before you put your hearing aids in. Heat from a hairdryer or other styling instruments isn't good for them. Styling products can also damage your hearing aids so it's best to keep them away from them.
When you might need hearing aid repairs
If you're having problems with your hearing aids, some quick fixes can help. Cleaning them or changing the batteries is often useful but doesn't always work. You might need to get them professionally repaired if it's not a problem that you can fix yourself. Some signs of problems that you might notice include distorted sound or being unable to turn the volume up loud enough. Sometimes you might not get any sound from your hearing aids at all. If you've tried the simple fixes, you might need professional help. Book your hearing aid in for a repair to get it fixed.
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