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

That’s not something anybody wants! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them working at maximum condition.

You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The best results will be attained when you make use of the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical problems you may be having can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.

Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working correctly.

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

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

While there’s normally some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.

Further hearing issues can be the consequence of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause permanent damage.

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

Once each week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.

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

3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even high humidity can damage them. Don’t leave them on the nightstand after cleaning.

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

Store your devices in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before you go into the shower or bathe, be 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.

When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.

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

Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.

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. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended duration, always take out the battery. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.

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

5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears

Anytime you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax inside the canal. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound distorted. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.

The removal process is simple with the right tools. An expert in hearing should be the only individual who performs this procedure.

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

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.

7. Talk to a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing

You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. Your situation can be improved. 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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