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Woman putting on her hearing aid over the couch in case she drops it.

How would you handle it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Such as when you’re in an important meeting.

Nobody wants that to occur! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them working at maximum condition.

The following are 7 tips to help you correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them performing at peak condition.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The best results will be achieved when you use the manual that came with your hearing aids. These manuals normally come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical difficulties.

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

Any issues involving the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve had hearing aids before because your new devices might not work the same way. After all, there have been many changes in hearing aid technology in the last few years.

2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can occur.

Further hearing problems can be the result of an ear infection. Most go away quickly, but some can cause irreversible damage.

Bacteria favor damp surfaces, so clean each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Never put your hearing aids in water. Taking care not to get them too wet, use an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.

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

Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are designed to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t put them on the nightstand after cleaning.

Hearing aids will collect dust which contains bacteria if they are left resting on an open surface.

Adhere to the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or take a bath, make sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t put them on the bathroom counter when getting ready.

Take an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.

Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.

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

4. Avoid Draining The Battery

Keep your battery charged and bring a backup when you go to a significant event.

When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. Remove 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 time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.

You can substantially extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.

5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears

Anytime you’re inserting something in your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax inside the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax buildup.

With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.

6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and damaging your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this scenario. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.

7. Talk to a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing

You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. There are solutions. 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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