How to Properly Maintain Your Hearing Aid at Home
Hearing aids provide a competent means of improving the experience of loss for millions of people around the world. They are sophisticated devices that come in a range of functional designs and styles, as well as features that are increasingly innovative and in line with today’s tech standards.
These devices are also appropriate for a wide range of people encountering varying stages of hearing loss. While it’s easy to assume that it’s only those with profound hearing loss that require a device of this type, hearing aids can service mild hearing loss just as well if tuned correctly.
The key to finding your best option is in sourcing a worthwhile and qualified audiologist to guide you through the process. First of all, they will identify any ear or hearing conditions that are leading to your hearing loss, and attempt to ameliorate them. They will also be able to properly suggest a given device styling, with the most popular options serving as in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids.
One thing is for certain – these hearing aids require regular maintenance to function as intended and last. As they are sensitive instruments, neglect can lead to disfunction, poor-fitting and features not working as appropriate.
Let’s consider, then, how to properly maintain your hearing aid at home.
Removing, Replacing and Recharging the Batteries
It may be that replacing, removing or recharging the batteries is necessary depending on the style you have. Opening up that compartment for the evening can be worthwhile, as can putting in a new battery. If you have a rechargeable station, then making sure you hold it on that overnight is worthwhile.
Cleaning the Hooks
For BTE models, ear hooks can need a little cleaning. With a small cloth dipped into some warm soapy water, make sure to carefully brush around the hook and make sure you pat it down dry after the fact.
You may notice just a little discoloration, but this is nothing to worry about. When you can remove the dead skill cells and bacteria that accumulate from contact with your ear all day, you can avoid rashes and infections from daily wear.
Carefully Removing Earwax
It’s no problem if your hearing aid has a little build-up of earwax surrounding it, that’s quite normal for anything placed into your ear. Just make sure you have the proper tools to deal with it.
A little wax pick and small brush can be very useful here. Gently knocking the wax away and brushing off the excess onto a small paper towel and then disposing of that is a good idea. Make sure to wash your hands before and after dealing with your hearing aid in this way.
Hearing Aid Dehumidifiers
Hearing aid dehumidifiers are very practical for evening storage. Place your hearing aid within the compartment, connect it to the power source and then overnight all of the moisture will be drawn out of your device.
This can be especially useful if you tend to sweat quite often, or if you live in a wet and warm climate. With a few different types of dehumidifiers to choose from, the most popular offer a UV light and air to sanitize and thoroughly dry the hearing aid, while others slowly draw out moisture over the night hours with a desiccant fixture.
What Not to Do
Make sure that you never commit to maintenance that hasn’t be pre-approved by your manufacturer or audiologist. Depending on the type of hearing aid you have, for instance, regular servicing and cleaning may need to take place in a professional capacity.
Other hearing aids should never have water or cleaning solutions touch them, including alcohol. It’s best to be certain before committing to maintenance.
Seeking An Audiologist
Of course, one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself as a hearing aid user is to make sure you align with the best audiologist.
The Center for Audiology has a team in place dedicated to providing you with the services you need to maintain your hearing health and your devices. Whether you need a professional cleaning or repairs on your devices, we have the tools and the knowledge available to address your issues. To learn more about how we can help you, give our team a call by contacting us at Houston: 713-255-0035 or Pearland: 713-800-5050.