How to Keep Your Hearing Aids Working Their Best

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Hearing aids are convenient devices that correct hearing impairments of different intensities. Similar to other electronic devices, they are advanced medical devices that are complex with relatively short lifespans. After receiving your hearing aids from your audiologist, it will be necessary to adopt habits that will keep your hearing aids in excellent and durable conditions to provide reliable hearing for more extended periods. That said, here are some practical ways to protect your hearing aids. 

Hearing Aid Maintenance Checklist

Did you know that in-the-canal (ITE) hearing aid devices are more vulnerable to damage from earwax and moisture in the ear, while behind-the-ear hearing (BTE) aid devices are prone to damage from water and dust? To ensure your hearing aids do not wear out quickly, you need to understand the intricacies of hearing aids, hearing aid styles and how they function so you can learn how to care for them properly. Learning to care for your hearing aids at home correctly combined with regular maintenance consultations with your audiologist will ensure that your hearing aids are in excellent working condition. Here are some tips for keeping your hearing aid in good condition.

Wear Your Hearing Aids Every Day 

Wearing your hearing aids very often helps you to adjust faster to your hearing aids. You probably won’t detect any changes in your hearing aids if you don’t wear them as often as you’re supposed to. On the other hand, it’s easier to give your hearing aids the attention they require if you wear them every day. 

Avoid Exposing Your Hearing Aids to Moisture

When water or moisture gets into your hearing aids, it can damage the components of your hearing aid device, causing them to malfunction and rendering them useless. To keep your hearing aids functioning at their best for a long time, be sure to leave them dry always. It would be best to store your hearing aids in a dry and cool place when you are not wearing them. Also, excessive moisture in your ears can worsen your hearing loss. Learn to keep your ears and hearing aids always dry to maintain their effectiveness. 

Handle Your Hearing Aids with Care

Hearing aids are tiny and delicate digital devices. It would help if you handled yours with extra caution, so you don’t damage it by dropping it. Also, you can dedicate a spot or safe place beyond the reach of children or pets where you can store your hearing aids when you’re not wearing them. 

Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are a significant investment, so it’s a good practice to learn how to clean and maintain them at home. Human ears are moist and produce wax, and there is a high chance that your hearing aids will collect earwax and other debris when in the ear canal for long periods. Clean the battery regularly and remove any accumulated earwax or debris with appropriate tools. Establish good maintenance habits like washing your hands to get rid of dirt before cleaning your hearing aids and cleaning them at the end of the day after you take them off. It is crucial to keep these devices spotless with clean cloths and wipes. 

Do not use materials that contain alcohol as they may damage your hearing aid. You can also schedule routine appointments with your audiologist for professional cleaning and sanitization services. You can achieve years of reliable use and better hearing with your hearing aid by combining daily cleaning and maintenance practices with regular maintenance provided by your audiologist. 

Visit Your Audiologist for Help

Do not delay reaching out to your audiologist if you need any help. They will have answers to any hearing aid-related questions that may be bothering you. They also offer technical support; change batteries, replace wax filters, replacing tip or dome and make necessary repairs to your devices if necessary. In addition, an audiologist can help you get the best experience out of your hearing aid and boost your hearing aid performance. For anything that you may need, don’t hesitate to call them. 

Even though hearing aids come with warranties and various repair coverages, it is not uncommon for their owners to offer some degree of care for their devices. It goes a long way to keeping your hearing aids working their best. 

If you or a loved one has a hearing aid that is not working correctly, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our experts. Professional Hearing Aid Associates will be glad to help you with what hearing aid will work best for you. Contact us today at (785) 940-4101.