If you wear a hearing aid, it’s important to remember that it is a medical device and should be properly looked after. If you properly care for your hearing aid, it will last longer, work better, and feel a lot more comfortable to wear. Here’s how to properly care for your hearing aids.
Avoid Moisture And Store In A Dry Place
Hearing aids are made with a lot of technology inside and a lot of tiny circuitry. All those tiny circuits can become seriously damaged if they’re exposed to moisture. A lot of hearing aids are now being made that are water-resistant, but you should still remove them before showering or swimming.
If you do get your hearing aids in contact with water, avoid costly hearing aid repairs by drying them immediately with a towel. Don’t be tempted to use a hairdryer to dry them, as the high temperature can cause do more harm than good. If you live somewhere humid, you should store your hearing aids in a hearing aid dehumidifier to prevent the humidity from causing any damage.
Change The Batteries Often
The batteries inside your hearing aid can actually cause damage to the devices if you leave them in for too long. Moisture gets trapped, which causes the batteries to corrode. The corrosion then damages the devices. When you aren’t wearing your hearing aids, remove them, and then open the battery door to prevent any moisture build-up. If you aren’t going to wear the aids for a couple of days, take the batteries out until you’re going to wear it again.
When you need to change your hearing aids’ batteries, give the battery contacts a gentle wipe over with a dry cotton swab. Dirt on the contacts can make for a poor connection and worse performance, which won’t help your hearing loss.
Keep Devices Free Of Earwax
Earwax is one of the main reasons that a hearing aid might not be performing at it’s best. Because of where the devices need to be used, it's impossible to avoid contact with earwax so you will need to clean them frequently.
At the end of every day when you’ve worn the hearing aids, take out your hearing aids and use a dry cotton swab or a soft toothbrush to gently clean away any earwax off the hearing aid. Clean the microphone and the receiver.
Change The Wax Filter
As well as cleaning earwax from the surface of your hearing aid, you should also replace the wax filter or wax guard occasionally. These wax filters are designed to prevent wax from getting inside the internal parts of your hearing aids. If you start to notice build-up on the filter, it’s time to change it.
By making the effort to properly caring for your hearing aid, you can prolong its life and keep it working properly for longer. You’ll be able to hear better and save the time, money, and hassle of needing fiddly repairs to your hearing aid.