The decision to get hearing aids is a big one. Once you’ve made the decision and started using your hearing aids, you will want to take extremely good care of them. Even the more affordable hearing aids are still a financial investment you’ll need to keep in good working order. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of all the things you should do to keep your hearing aids working well for years to come.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #1: Understand when not to wear your hearing aids
It is very important when thinking about the care of your hearing aids to consider when not to wear them. Hearing aids should not be worn in the pool, hot tub, ocean, river, shower, bathtub, or anywhere else they can get wet. It is an electronic device, and electronics are never supposed to get wet. Make sure when you are doing any hygiene routine, you take your hearing aids out to ensure they stay dry.
As with other electronics, hearing aids should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. If you are going to be outdoors in extremely cold temperatures or extremely hot temperatures, make sure you go ahead and take your hearing aids out. What’s more, leave them inside. Don’t leave them in the car or in your pocket.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #2: Feedback Checks
Naturally, when you are wearing your hearing aids, you are constantly listening. But you need to listen for specific things at least once a day. When you turn your hearing aids on, take a moment to listen for feedback. Notice what it sounds like. If feedback is present and continues throughout the day, make sure you notify your audiologist. Feedback can hurt the device, not to mention your ears and the ears of the people around you.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #3: Batteries
Hearing aid batteries last anywhere from one to two weeks. If you start to have issues hearing while you’re wearing your hearing aids, make sure you think first about whether or not it is time to replace the batteries. Consider marking on the calendar when you put in new batteries to track how long the batteries are lasting.
If your batteries are close to dying, it might be a good idea to keep a backup on you so you don’t get caught out without working hearing aids. At night, remove the batteries from the hearing aids and keep the battery compartment open so as to air out overnight.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tip #4: Clean Very Regularly
Obviously, since your hearing aids go inside and around your ears, they are coming into contact with your body. Thus, they will have sweat and grim on them. Regular cleaning needs to happen to ensure your hearing aids continue to work as well as they should.
Clean your hearing aids before you go to sleep at night. You do not wear the hearing aids for the entire night, so they will have time to dry overnight after the cleaning. Use a clean cloth as well as a wax pick and brush. Using the proper tools are important when you handle your hearing aids; you don’t want to damage them. Using a subscription service like VHS’ will provide you combined battery and cleaning supplies so you’ll already have everything necessary like the brush and wax pick to make sure your hearing aid is in tip-top shape!
To clean your hearing aid, first, take the battery out and leave the compartment open to air out. Wax buildup in your ear can get in your hearing aid. Use the wax pick to loosen the wax, then the brush to thoroughly clean the wax away. The clean cloth is used to wipe down the entire device.
The Better Hearing Institute has written a comprehensive guide on the maintenance of hearing aids. This can be very helpful for those just beginning to use and maintain their hearing aids.
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