Hearing aids improve people's quality of life and allow them to work, enjoy time with friends and family, and experience the world around them with greater ease. Unfortunately, if you do not properly care for your hearing aids correctly, the units can break, leaving you with trouble hearing for several days or weeks.
Luckily, a little prevention and care can help ensure that your hearing aids work perfectly when you need them. Here are a few simple tips to help you care for your hearing aids.
Cleaning Your Hearing Aids
Properly cleaning is an integral part of caring for hearing aids. As such, wash your hands before removing your hearing aids. Then, to clean behind the ear hearing aids, carefully wipe away dirt and debris from outside each aid with a small brush. Clean away any earwax with a wax cleaning pick.
To clean inside the ear hearing aids, use a small brush or specialized wax removal pick or brush to remove wax from vents, microphone cover, and receiver. From there, wipe down the entire unit. For each type of hearing aid, never wear the devices in the shower. In addition, avoid using any water or rubbing alcohol to clean your hearing aids.
Storing Your Hearing Aids
After cleaning your hearing aids, it is time to store the devices for the night. Never wear your hearing aids at night, as this can damage the units. Make sure your hearing aids are dry before placing the devices in the original packaging, a padded case, or any box that will keep the devices safe. Likewise, place the hearing aids in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight.
Never store your hearing aids in the bathroom or any other room with high levels of humidity. Moisture can seriously damage your hearing aids. If you live in a humid environment, consider purchasing a dehumidifier and store the hearing aids near the unit.
Caring For Hearing Aid Batteries
Store your unused hearing aid batteries in a cool, dry place. Always check the expiration date on the batteries to ensure you are not using older, potentially damaged, or corroded batteries in your hearing aids. Further, remove the hearing aid batteries from the devices if you are not wearing them for a longer period of time.
In addition, you should open the battery compartment prior to storing the devices each night. This will help eliminate any moisture that is trapped inside the compartment and ensure the batteries remain dry.
Properly caring for your hearing aids includes cleaning the devices, storing the devices, and caring for the batteries. Taking these steps will help extend how long you can use them. To learn more, contact a hearing aid service.