A hearing aid is a good investment, and the device is even more value for money when it is in use for a long time.
A few simple recommendations may make a significant difference in how well your gadget functions and how long it lasts. To get the most out of your hearing aid, you should care for it in the same way that a vehicle requires regular maintenance, such as replacing its tires, etc.
Today we will provide the top tips that can significantly help to extend the life of your hearing aids.
#1: Remove Wax Deposits & Clean Your Own Ears
Check the earmold closely for wax. Remove any wax deposits with a specialized tool and flick them out of the tube instead of pushing them further. Doing this every day prevents mold build up from developing into a big problem.
Another great approach to prevent wax entry is to simply clean your ears on a regular basis. Your audiologist or even GP can advise you on how to do this in a healthy and efficient manner.
#2: Wipe Your Device Daily – With a Sofa Cloth / Cleaning Kit Given
Wipe your hearing aids with a clean, gentle cloth each day. Pay close attention to dials and switches, where debris gathers throughout the day.
Also, wipe the tubing and ear mold clean to ensure that there are no wax or condensation build-up. This removes skin’s natural oils, which might attract dust or dirt and eventually clog the controls.
#3: Stay Away From Water
Before getting in the shower, take your hearing device out of your ear. In fact, go one step further by removing the gadget and storing it in a warm (not hot) location well away from steam and moisture.
The tiny electrical contacts within a hearing device are susceptible to water vapor or condensation. When moisture gets inside the casing, it causes corrosion and intermittent operation. This can be avoided simply by moving your equipment to a different room.
#4: Use a Hearing Device Dehumidifier
You might hear this said before that: “Humidity and hearing aids don’t mix”.
To keep your device safe, leave it overnight in a hearing aid dehumidifier. Simply place the gadget into one of these inexpensive moisture guards when not in use.
Since moisture is the leading cause of hearing aid malfunctions, this daily step can really help to prevent any moisture build up or any such moisture malfunction from happening on a regular basis.
#5: Let Your Hearing Aids Battery ‘Breathe’
At the conclusion of every day, take out the battery and leave the compartment housing open. This allows any minute amounts of condensation to evaporate while you sleep.
Corrosion in the battery compartment causes poor contact and a decrease in efficiency, so be sure to clean it.
Other good habits to inculcate
- Before handling your hearing aids, always make sure your hands are clean and dry
- Remove your hearing aids before using hair spray or perfume
- When not in use, store your hearing aids in their case or drying cup
- Choose a cool, dry storage place that is not near heat sources and out of direct sunlight
- Children and pets should be kept away from your hearing aids
Dealing With Your Hearing Aids’ Batteries
Your hearing aids’ battery life varies by model and the frequency of use, and it may need to be changed on a regular basis.
# Sound Distortions / The Need To Increase Volume / Beeping Light
If you hear any distortions when using your hearing aids, or if you need to increase the volume more frequently than usual, it is possible that your batteries are running out.
Another tell tale sign of a low battery is when your hearing aids start to emit a faint beep.
# Keeping Spare Batteries
If your batteries run low, we recommend you always have spares on hand. It is a good idea to keep hearing aid batteries out of the reach of other metal objects like keys or money to avoid any prematurely discharged power.
# Using The Right Type of Batteries
Hearing aid batteries come with built-in safeguards to keep your device safe. Each hearing aid type is designed to operate at a specific wattage. Using a battery from a different manufacturer, such as a wristwatch battery, could cause harm or reduce the effectiveness of your hearing aids.
# Consult Your Hearing Aids Provider When Unsure
Overall, if you are still unsure, get advice from your hearing aids specialist since they will know how to maintain your hearing aids in top form.