How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids
For many with hearing loss, a hearing aid is nothing short of miraculous. Indeed, it’s no exaggeration to say that their hearing aid is a lifeline. When left unchecked, hearing loss can drive a wedge between us and those around us. It can be a barrier to conversation and cause us to feel left out socially and even alienate us from our families and loved ones. That’s why there’s such a strong link between hearing loss and depression. A hearing aid is a small but mighty solution which can help to rebuild the bridge of communication.
Of course, no hearing aid is perfect and your hearing instrument specialist will no doubt tell you to keep your expectations in check. Nonetheless, the use of a hearing aid can exponentially improve your hearing and help you feel much more in control of your hearing and your life.
Yet, while a hearing aid can be miraculous, we all have a tendency to take our miracles for granted in the modern era. Our cars, our televisions and our smartphones would all be considered miraculous by previous generations, yet we can take each of them for granted and even allow them to fall into a state of disrepair.
Your hearing aid needs to be well looked after if you are to continue to enjoy its benefits for years to come. Here are some ways in which you can make sure your hearing aid is well maintained.
Keep them stored somewhere dry
We may not be able to see the circuitry inside our hearing aids. This can make us blind to just how tiny and delicate it is. Just like any sophisticated electronic device it needs to be stored somewhere safe and dry.
While most contemporary hearing aids are made to be water resistant it’s advisable to keep them away from moisture and certainly not to wear them while showering or swimming. When your hearing aid gets wet, be sure to dry it with a towel immediately.
Tell your hearing provider if something sounds different
A loss in function in your hearing aid will often result in changes to your hearing. You may notice that your hearing aid is not performing as consistently as it did when you first got it. If you think you might need hearing aid repairs it’s important that you do not attempt to handle them yourself. Tell your hearing specialist as soon as you notice any change in function.
Keep on changing your batteries
It can be inconvenient changing your hearing aid batteries regularly, but it’s an inconvenience that’s well worth enduring if you expect your hearing aid to keep functioning at the top of its game. Tiny droplets of moisture that can gain ingress into your hearing aid can come into contact with batteries and lead to corrosion which can damage your hearing aid.
If you anticipate not wearing your hearing aid for a few days, be sure to remove your batteries before leaving your hearing aid unattended.
When replacing your batteries, it’s also a good idea to keep the contacts clean. This can be done by wiping them with a dry cloth. Clogged ports can lead to a weaker connection and a less robust performance.
Keep wax away
Earwax may not be the most pleasant substance on the planet, but it’s essential in keeping your inner ears soft and free of infection. Nonetheless, earwax and hearing aids do not always get along. Wax can get clogged in the ear cups or molds and work its way into the little plastic tube that leads to the device proper.
As such, it’s important to clean the plastic tubing regularly by soaking it in warm water and allowing earwax to drain away. Do not reattach them until they have been left to dry completely. Likewise, you should change your ear cups or wax guards regularly to prevent wax from impeding the function of your hearing aid.
Book routine cleanings
Just as your car sometimes needs a little TLC from a professional hand, your hearing aid can also be much more effective when regularly cleaned by a professional. Your hearing instrument specialist will likely either provide or be able to recommend a professional cleaning service.
Treat your hearing aid with respect
Finally, it’s important that we treat our hearing aids with the utmost respect. These are, after all, highly sophisticated electronic devices that deserve the same care, love and attention as our cars, tablets, smartphones, laptops or games consoles. Handle your hearing aid with care and make sure that it is safely and securely stowed away when not in use.
With the proper care and maintenance, your hearing aid will be your loyal friend and servant for years to come! At My Hearing Center we have years of experience in helping people just like you to not only find the perfect hearing aid but keep it well looked after for life. Call us today at one of our five convenient locations to see what we can do for you!
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