Focus Hearing - Overland Park, KS

Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When they aren’t working right, it can be extremely infuriating, it’s a real “You had ONE job” scenario. Here’s the good news, with regular maintenance, your hearing aids should be up to the job.

Before you do anything drastic, look at this list. If it’s not one of these common issues, it might be time to pay us a visit to make sure there isn’t a bigger problem. Your hearing may have changed, for example, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

While hearing aid batteries have gotten significantly smaller and lifespans are getting better, the batteries still have to be replaced occasionally or recharged. So keeping up with charging your batteries is crucial. The first thing you should do if your hearing aid begins to falter or cut in and out is check the battery.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

Investing in a battery tester, particularly if you like to stock up, is a smart idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until it’s time to use them, always a good plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that giant pack you purchased months ago most likely won’t maintain a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you open new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This gives the zinc time to activate, and can possibly help the batteries last longer.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris no matter how clean you keep your ears and if you have trouble hearing you’re most likely more conscientious about earwax. You might find yourself with a dirt issue if sounds seem a bit off or distorted.

The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!

You can purchase a kit for keeping your hearing aids clean or you can use things you already have around the house to clean them. Once you’ve disassembled your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean glasses or smartphone) to wipe down the components.

Simple hygiene habits will really help with keeping your hearing aids clean. Wash and dry your hands before you handle your hearing aids, and remove them while you’re doing things, such as washing up, styling your hair, or even shaving, that might put them in danger of being spritzed, sprayed, or splattered.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (you don’t need to be submerged, even sweating can be a problem). The vent in the hearing aid and the battery can even be effected by humidity in the air. Depending on how much moisture’s gotten in, you might experience problems from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They may even seem to stop working.

The fix: Keep Them Dry

Be sure that when you store your hearing aids, the battery door is open; and if you’re storing them for longer than overnight, remove the batteries entirely. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with very little effort on your part.

A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. The bedroom is a practical spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Keeping them in the bathroom might seem convenient but moisture is just too much. If you live in a humid environment, you might want to think about purchasing a hearing aid storage box. More expensive models plug in, but less costly models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you buy shoes) to absorb moisture.

If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it might be time for you to give us a call.

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