You count on your hearing aids every day to provide the quality of hearing you have come to enjoy. In the rare instances when your devices malfunction, it can be frustrating while you wait for them to be repaired. Through some preventative maintenance and proper care, you can extend the life of your devices and reduce the chance of a break down. Below are some helpful tips that will ensure you get the most out of your hearing instruments.
- Avoid moisture and store in a dry place
Hearing devices contain very sophisticated technology and circuitry in a tiny shell. When exposed to moisture it can cause serious damage. If they do come in contact with water, dry them immediately with some type of cloth. Never attempt to dry them with a hair dryer or other heated device, wince the high heat can cause damage. South Florida is very humid, so you may want to consider storing your devices in a specialized hearing aid dehumidifier.
- Change hearing aid batteries often
Hearing aid batteries can cause damage to your device if left in for a long period of time. The trapped moisture can cause the batteries to corrode and damage a hearing instrument. Remember to open the battery door each night and when the device is not being used. If you will not be using your hearing aid for several days it is advised that you remove the battery completely.
- Keep devices free of earwax
Earwax is one of the leading causes of decreased performance in hearing aids. Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid having your devices come in contact with earwax. After each day of wearing your hearing aids, take a dry towel or cleaning brush to gently remove any earwax or debris that may be on the device or tip.
- Change your wax guard
Most hearing aids have a wax guard system built into the device. Periodically these need to be replaced when they become full of debris. This guard prevents wax from reaching the internal components and damaging them. Use the following steps to learn how to change wax guards on your hearing aids.
- Remove your new wax guard out of the packaging
- The tool will have two pins: one end has the new wax guard and the other is empty for removal
- Insert the empty pin into the old wax guard located in the speaker and pull it straight out
- With the other pin, insert the new wax guard and pull straight out. Discard the old wax guard.
- Schedule routine cleanings
While cleaning and taking care of your devices at home can greatly improve the life of your hearing aids, you should still bring them in to be properly cared for by a professional. Think of it like taking your car in for regular maintenance. A hearing professional can also make adjustments to your devices to better suit your needs. A clean and check should take place every 3-6 months or immediately if you suspect there is something wrong.