Taking Care Of Your Hearing AidsFeb 07, 2014
With a little bit of special care, your hearing aids will continue working well for years to come. Learn about daily maintenance for your hearing aids…
Your hearing aids have opened up a whole new world for you, and you want it to stay that way. Taking good care of your hearing aids will ensure that they continue to work well for you for a long time. Here are a few things you need to know to make sure your hearing aids last.
Check The Listening
Use a listening tube to check the listening of your hearing aids every day. You want to make sure that the listening of your hearing aids is clear, not scratchy or weak. Check to make sure that the sound is consistent, and there isn’t any feedback coming through your devices.
A battery tester will help you to know if the batteries in your hearing aids are fully charged. Make sure you keep spare batteries on hand in case there is a problem with the ones you’re currently using. Clean the battery contacts with a cotton swab at least once a week.
Make sure you turn your hearing aids off when you remove them to save the battery. If you are taking them out for a long time, or at the end of the day, remove the battery all together.
Keep Them Clean
Use a soft, dry cloth to clean your hearing aids on a regular basis. If you have earmolds, they can be removed from the hearing aid and cleaned with a mild soap solution. Earmolds should be dried using a forced air blower – not a hair dryer! And make sure they are completely dry before reattaching them to your hearing aids.
Keep Them Dry
Keeping your hearing aids dry is an important step in ensuring that they continue to work properly. Use a hearing aid drying container (such as the Dry & Store) to keep moisture from building up in side your hearing aids, and make sure you remove the batteries before storing them so moisture doesn’t build up around the batteries.
Keep Them Cool
Keep your hearing aids away from heaters and other heat sources. Don’t leave them in the car, and don’t put them in the microwave or the oven to dry them out. Those kinds of direct heat can damage your devices. Either let them air dry, use forced air, or a drying container.
Visit Your Audiologist
The most important thing to do is to schedule regular visits with your audiologist. A professional will be able to tell if your hearing aids are in perfect working condition, if they need any special cleaning or attention, and most of all, will make sure that they are working optimally for you.
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