Focus Hearing - Overland Park, KS

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

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible time. Like in the middle of a phone call?

That’s not something anybody wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and overall health. Keeping them working in peak condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.

You can properly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The most beneficial results will be achieved when you make use of the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals normally come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical challenges.

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

The manual should cover any issues pertaining to the performance of your hearing aids. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices might not work in the same manner. After all, there have been lots of advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.

2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.

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

Bacteria favor damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after each use. Water can damage your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Taking care not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.

Once every week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.

The earpiece will remain free of any wax buildup with regular cleaning.

3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids will collect dust which contains bacteria if they are left lying on an exposed surface.

Store your devices in a cool, dry place according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Before you go into the shower or bathe, make sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

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

Always keep your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.

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

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you go to a significant event.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long time period without using your hearing aids. If you allow your hearing aids to sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their sensitive electronics can be damaged by battery acid.

The life of your battery can be substantially extended by following these suggestions but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.

5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally

A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal each time you insert your hearing aid. Voices will eventually begin to sound distorted as this earwax builds up. Schedule an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.

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

6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. This can easily lead to dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Always put in your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.

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

You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. Your situation can be improved. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.