How to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aids
If you have hearing aids, you’ll already know about the vital role that they play in your life. It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you have hearing difficulties that hear aids can improve your quality of living dramatically. Communicating is easier which will both boost and benefit social interactions. This is particularly important for elderly people who can be vulnerable to depression if they are not able to interact with others on a regular basis. Of course, hearing aids can only provide this type of benefit if they are cared for the right way.
It’s easy to forget that hearing aids are highly sensitive and delicate devices. While powerful, this type of technology is often very small and easy to break. So, let’s look at the right way to care for your hearing aids and ensure that they last a long time, improving your life through the years.
Ask your audiologist
When you decide to get hearing aids to improve your ability to hear, you will attend something called a hearing aid fitting. A hearing aid fitting isn’t just about making sure that hearing aids slot the right way into your ear. They provide a chance or an opportunity for you to ask everything you need to know about these devices and that includes how to look after them the right way. An audiologist is always the best individual to ask about this as they are, with no exaggeration, experts in the field. By making sure that you ask any questions that you have you can avoid any and all potential accidental damage and keep your hearing aids in the best possible condition.
It’s true to say that most hearing aids are not waterproof. This does not mean that they cannot get wet at all. Obviously, if you are outside and it starts to rain, then you don’t want to have to worry about whether you need to remove your hearing aids. The good news is that for most modern devices you won’t have to. That’s because most hearing aids these days are water-resistant. This means that you don’t have to worry about low levels of water impacting the device or stopping it from working. What you do need to worry about is submerging hearing aids in water. Most are not built for this capability. So, if you are having a bath, taking a shower or going for a swim, you need to make sure that you are removing your hearing aids.
The only exception to this would be in the ear canal hearing aids. Some, not all, forms of these devices are designed to only be removed from the ear by an audiologist. As such, if this is the case, then you can take a shower or have a bath with these devices still inside your ear. You won’t have to worry that this will lead to damage but should always check the water capabilities of your specific device before you do this.
Cleaning your hearing aids
Cleaning your hearing aids will usually involve getting rid of any build-up of earwax that has developed around the device. A buildup of earwax will usually occur because ears are self-cleaning. This means that the ear will push out wax and any other substance that might be inside your ear. Unfortunately, when you wear hearing aids the canal is blocked which pushes the earwax inside and around the hearing aid. This can often be removed with a moderately damp cloth. You can use this to gently wipe away any excess wax and keep your device completely clean and clear. Do not submerge the device to clean it or use brushes such as toothbrushes to clean the device. This can be enough to cause accidental damage.
Inserting the batteries and keeping the device safe
Finally, you need to make sure that you are inserting the batteries the right way. If the batteries aren’t fitting correctly and you feel you need to force them, there’s a good chance you have them at the wrong angle or are trying to place them in the incorrect direction. Always check with your audiologist if you are unsure about this. They’ll be able to set you right and make sure that you don’t accidentally damage the battery compartment.
When you are not using the device, make sure that it is in the charging stand or storage case. Leaving them around will leave them vulnerable to accidental damage.
If you want to learn more about keeping your hearing aids safe, you should contact the Hearing Solution Center at (704) 912-4422. Our experts can provide the advice you need to maintain your hearing aids.