General Care and Maintenance of Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are amazing little pieces of machinery and technology, but if not taken care of properly they can easily break or be damaged. So let’s go over a few general care and maintenance tips when it comes to the health and longevity of your hearing aids.
- Clean daily. This is a very important tip to follow. Always clean your hearing aids each time you take them out. This will help to decrease the amount of wax build-up in or on them. By cleaning them the sound will remain crisp and clear. By cleaning them regularly/daily this will help to ensure that the inside of the hearing aid remain clean and dry deceasing the risk of internal mechanical problems.
- Store in a safe place. When you are not using your hearing aids be sure to place them in a safe and protective place. The safest bet is to place them in the case that they came in because this is usually a hard shelled case which will easily protect them from damage. If you don’t happen to have their protective case, place them in a container of some sort such as a sunglasses case or plastic food container (that is clean and dry of course). Do not leave them lying around where anyone could bump them, eat them or step on them.
- Keep away from danger. Danger could mean many things. It is best to keep them away from small children or pets. Keep away from wind or rain. Keep away amusement park rides or motorcycles. Basically keep away from anything that could potentially damage them or knock them off and lose them.
- Keep away from moisture. This is very important because hearing aids and moisture of any kind do not mix at all. Moisture such as rain, water from the shower or steam can damage the internal mechanics of the hearing aids leaving the hearing aid unusable and sometimes unrepairable.
- Get yearly check-ups for you and your hearing aids. It is very important to your health as well as the health of your hearing aids that you get yearly check-ups. This will ensure that your hearing is remaining consistent or has changed and if it has changed then adjustments may need to be made to your hearing aid. This will also ensure that your hearing aid is still working properly and giving you the sound and quality that you need and desire. This way also your hearing health professional will be able to keep a proper and up-to-date record of your hearing and the performance and adjustments (if needed) of your hearing aid.
Keeping your hearing aids in optimal shape requires daily care and maintenance. If you’re not sure how to care for your hearing device, schedule an appointment to speak with your hearing care professional immediately!