Understanding Hearing Aid Care
Taking care of hearing aid and maintaining is very important. It’s because if they aren’t properly maintained, they can affect your hearing conditions. In order to make good use of this investment and give them a long lasting life, ensure that you’re using them correctly.
● Refrain from getting hearing aids wet. Make sure you remove them in the bath or shower and when you go for swimming. Also, take them off in the rain or cover to protect them from moisture. Never store the aids in the bathroom.
● Clean the hearing aids regularly with a soft, dry cloth or a small brush. The ear molds inside the aid can be easily removed and cleaned with a mild soap solution. Dry them carefully using an air blower (but not the hair dryer).
● Don’t get the hearing aids dirty. Ensure your hands are clean and dry whenever you put on or take them off.
● Dry the area of the ears time to time in case of excessive sweating, in order to decrease moisture exposure.
● Be careful while putting on or taking them off to prevent them from falling on a hard surface and getting damaged.
● Protect them from heat sources such as direct sunlight, heaters, or hair dryers. Keep them in cool, dry place.
● Keep them away from the reach of children as well as pets who might find their sound amusing and might grab them from their mouths and damage them.
● Check the batteries regularly and change them when required.
● Clean the aids regularly removing any built up ear wax or oil.
● Ear molds need to be remade when they get dry to prevent hurting the ear canal.
● Handle your hearing aid with care.
● If you are afraid of losing them, hold then in a container or specs case type of a box.
● Don’t put hearing aids in the pocket to avoid running them through the washing machine.
● Listen to the hearing aid & perform listening checks every day. Make sure the sound you hear is clear and not weak.
● Check for whistling sound that can sometimes be heard from the hearing aid. If it occurs, it means that the hearing aid is not properly seated in your ear.
● Store the aids in a safe and dry place every time they are removed, the same place each time to avoid losing them.
● Switch off your hearing aid when not in use. If you are sure you won’t be using it for a long period of time, removing the battery will save its power.
● Remove earwax from your hearing aid. Ear wax causes a temporary or even complete breakdown. Earwax implies dirt in a way. Having it removed is always better because not doing so may reduce the effectiveness of the hearing aids.
● Get the aids checked by an audiologist or technician every 6 months and get the tubing replaced if they are over the ear aids. Tubes incorporate dust in and outside them, hence it is important to get them changed.
● After placing the hearing aids in the storage container, leave the lid of the container open to give it time to breath and let the natural air evaporate the moisture.
Make the most out of your hearing aid investment by following the above-mentioned steps. Handling them with care will only benefit you in the long run and keep them in good working condition.