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Anyone who has a hearing aid, needs to know exactly how to look after them and get the most out of their wear and life span. It is true that just like any other device, the life of a hearing aid is limited. There are ways however to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. 

The first step that is recommended is to check the battery (it is advisable to replace it with a new battery from the package). Because of the size of hearing aids small batteries with a limited lifespan, care must be taken to replace the batteries in time. In most hearing aids, an audible alert is given when the batteries are weakened. Oticon devices that connect to the application can receive a battery status indication through the application. It is recommended to keep spare batteries at all times, and turn off the hearing aids while they are not in use. It is worth knowing that the batteries in both hearing aids do not always run out at the same time. It is possible that the battery consumption will differ slightly between the right device and the left device. Rechargeable hearing aids are recommended to be placed in a charger whenever they are not used specifically during the night. The battery consumption rate increases when streaming sound from various accessories (telephone, telephone, etc.). * It is important to keep the batteries out of the reach of children.

Wax in the ears

If your hearing aid does not work properly, even though you have verified that the battery is working properly, it is time to check if the device is clogged with wax. Every hearing aid has an opening from which the sounds come out to the ear, in most cases this opening is protected by a filter that prevents wax from entering the device and clogging the opening. Care should be taken to regularly clean the wax from the hearing aid, wipe the device with a dry cloth each time it is removed from the ear, some devices even have a small brush attached to brush the wax residue from the device key. From time to time a filter must be replaced, and on devices that have domes, the dome must be replaced. Some people suffer from increased secretion of earwax and their hearing aids are prone to clogging more often, it is advisable to perform ear cleaning at AAG periodically to avoid this.

Humidity or coldness  

The very use of hearing aids regularly comes in contact with moisture, our sweat, moisture that accumulates in the ear canal, and sometimes exposure to rain or wet hair. As a general rule, it is recommended to keep the hearing aids clean and dry at all times and wipe them with a dry, clean cloth when removing them from the ears. People who tend to sweat are advised to use drying accessories during the night in order to absorb the moisture that has accumulated in the hearing aids during use. Do not use the hearing aids in the shower or pool and it is recommended to wear them only when the hair is already dry and the ear is dry.

Hearing aids are currently equipped with state-of-the- art (OpenSound Optimizer) mechanisms to prevent beeps. When adjusting the device, your audiologist will make sure that the device is tuned in a way that should not generate feedback. If you still encounter the phenomenon, it may be due to several reasons. From inaccurate mounting of the device in the ear the device should be removed and reassembled and make sure that it is placed in the ear properly so that sound does not leak out. Wax plug in the ear canal – If the canal is completely blocked by a wax plug, feedback may form. When certain objects are attached to the device, such as the telephone earpiece in this situation, the earpiece must be moved away from the ear or placed at an angle that will not block the microphone of the device.

You should clean the hearing aid gently every few months and ensure that it is not gathering dirt and this should be done with lukewarm water. 

A hearing aid is to many, a lifeline, and therefore it should be maintained well. You should look to ensure that you get regular checkups and tests and to see that the device is still helping you in the way that it should. This way, your hearing aid will last much longer and offer you even better results.

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