It is estimated that about 48 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and the most common solution to hearing loss, are hearing aids. However, hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, and are, therefore, to be treated as such. Knowing how to care for them properly will not only ensure they work correctly but will also prolong their life expectancy.
Do Listening Checks Occasionally
We recommend our patients to get a listening tube to perform listening checks properly. Make sure the sound you get is clear with no breaks. Listen for feedback inside the aids. If you start hearing feedback, talk to your audiologist. At Cornerstone Audiology, we are here to make sure you are using your hearing aid the correct way so that it benefits you the most.
Clean Your Aids Often
Be sure to use a soft, dry cloth to clean them without getting them wet. Use a wax loop to clean debris from the hearing aid openings. Remember to be gentle as you can easily damage the hearing aid by pushing the wax loop too far. You may use a mild soap to clean the ear molds, but make sure not to use a hairdryer to blow dry them. The force from a hairdryer is too strong for the delicate structure of the ear molds. Use a forced air blower or let them dry at room temperature instead.
Daily Care When You Are Not Using Your Hearing Aids
Turn off your hearing aids when you are not using them. This will make the battery last longer. Prevent your hearing aids from shock by changing the battery over a towel placed on a table or over a bed, just in case you accidentally drop them. When you go out, always carry a hearing aid case with you. Putting them in purse or pockets is not safe because they can easily get damaged or forgotten.
At night, turn the hearing aid off, open the battery door and place it inside the drying kit to enable air to flow through the device, drawing any moisture out. Keeping your hearing aids dry is the best way to preserve their functionalities. Moisture is among the number one things that wreak havoc to a hearing aid.
Your hearing aids can’t function without a battery, so make sure you have plenty of spare batteries with you to be safe. Batteries generally last between 1 to 2 weeks, depending on how much your usage is. The sound quality will be the best when the battery is full. We recommend that you get a battery tester to check the battery correctly.
Make sure you keep your spare as well as used batteries in a safe place. They contain toxic chemicals that may be dangerous once swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children.
See Your Audiologist Often
We are here to make sure you get the best treatment for your hearing loss condition. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us to get your hearing checked regularly. We will provide hands-on recommendations on how to best keep your hearing aids and fix any existing problems for you.