Hearing aids are technological breakthroughs for people who permanently lost their ability to hear. Once people equipped with these devices get used to hearing again, it’s almost impossible to go back to a quiet environment. Therefore, as much as it is essential for deaf and hard of hearing people, it is also necessary to take care of the device to prolong its use for a longer time.
Through preventive maintenance and proper care, there will be a reduced chance of them malfunctioning. You can take some steps to prevent the devices from breaking, getting the most out of them.
1. Store Properly
Hearing aids are very sophisticated technology and circuitry encased in a plastic shell. Like other devices, proper storage is required to prevent them from getting exposed to environmental factors that can ruin them. Exposure to moisture and extreme heat can cause severe damage to them.
There are hearing aids that are not water-resistant, recommended for them to be removed by the user before showering or swimming. In case the device comes in contact with water, dry them immediately with a towel. However, never dry them with a hairdryer as extreme heat can also damage them. Storing them in a non-humid area should be the best place to keep them.
2. Replace Batteries
Devices run by batteries get damaged when the batteries are left in them for a long time. The batteries may leak, causing rusting and corrosion in the machine. If, for some reason, you will not be able to use the device for a long time, ensure that the batteries are not inserted into the device before storing them. Meanwhile, while the batteries are out, clean the battery contacts in the machine with dry cotton buds. A clean communication ensures that the connection between the device and the batteries are working well, improving device performance.
3. Clean Out Earwax
Earwax is one of hearing aids’ notorious causes of decreased performance. It is a natural substance produced by the ears for protection. Therefore, it is unavoidable that earwax will come in contact with your device from time to time.
After each day of wearing them, use a dry cotton swab or soft toothbrush and gently remove any earwax or debris sticking on the device. Do not forget to touch on both the receiver and microphone.
4. Change Wax Filters
A hearing aid often comes with wax filters which act as a protective barrier that prevents earwax and other debris from reaching the internal components of the hearing aid and damaging them.
If you’re cleaning out the earwax buildup from the device, it’s best to clean out the wax filters too. However, keep in mind that not all devices use the same filters. It’s best to ask your doctor which filter is on your device to help find a way to clean it.
5. Handle with Care
Hearing aids today are more durable compared to the first models made in the past. However, they still require gentle handling. Try not to drop them, place them on soft surfaces, and clean them regularly.
Remember to charge or change their batteries as often as needed. Never allow the batteries to overcharge as overcharging lessens the battery life. Of course, if they are not in use, store them in a cool, dry place. Keep them in an area that’s high enough for children not to reach them.
Indeed, hearing aids are helpful devices for people who are hearing impaired. But like other tech devices, they are sophisticated and need specific care to prolong their usage. Over time, hearing aids have become more durable, yet taking care of them is still an essential part of owning them.
Hear More Associates creates the best hearing aids in Rhode Island. As we also serve other locations in the US, our goal is to give people a chance to hear again. We believe that no one-size-fits-all solution for hearing loss and fitting hearing aids for our clients should resolve any inconveniences with wearing hearing aids. Schedule a hearing test for an assessment today!