American Hearing & Audiology - Conway, AR

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

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Like when you’re in a crucial meeting.

Nobody wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning at maximum condition.

The following are 7 steps to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them working at peak condition.

1. Understand The Instructions

Your hearing aids included an instruction manual describing how to maintain them so that you can experience the best results. Many technical difficulties you might be experiencing can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are in these manuals.

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

Any problems involving the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. 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 many changes in hearing aid technology in the past few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

While there’s always 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.

Additional hearing issues can be the result of an ear infection. Most go away quickly, but some can cause permanent damage.

After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them regularly with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.

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

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

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t keep them on the nightstand after cleaning.

Hearing aids lying on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.

Follow 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. Keep your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

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

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

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

4. Keep The Battery Charged

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

When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time period without wearing your hearing aids. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s fragile electronics.

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

5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned

A little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you insert your hearing aid. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound muffled. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excess earwax buildup.

With the right tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.

6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface

Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.

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

You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you’re not currently having the best success. There are solutions. Make an appointment to come see us for an exam.

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