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How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Such as in the middle of a phone call?

That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. Keeping them functioning in peak condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.

You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Understand The Instructions

Your hearing aids included an instruction manual outlining how to maintain them to get the best results. These manuals usually include troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.

If something isn’t working correctly, always consult the manual first.

The manual should cover any problems pertaining to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids function differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many changes in hearing aid technology in the last few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.

Additional hearing problems can be the outcome of an ear infection. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.

Bacteria prefer damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them regularly with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.

Clean them thoroughly once every week, including any custom mold pieces.

The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with regular cleaning.

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.

Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.

When it rains, carry an umbrella.

Your battery might drain faster because it has to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.

Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other intense heat.

4. Avoid Draining The Battery

Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your child’s concert.

When you take your hearing aids off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time without using your hearing aids. If you let your hearing aids sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.

The life of your battery can be substantially lengthened by following these suggestions but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.

5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears

Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax into the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound muffled as this earwax accumulates. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.

The removal procedure is simple with the correct tools. A hearing professional should be the only person who performs this procedure.

6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface

Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Always put in your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.

7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Talk To a Specialist

You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. Your situation can be enhanced. Schedule an appointment to come see us.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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