11/10/2019 0 Comments
How to Keep Hearing Aids Performing Their Best
If you’ve only just begun looking into hearing aids, you may be suffering from a bit of sticker shock just now. People who wear hearing aids already know they’re a significant investment, and they protect that investment with some very simple, but very important habits.
Treat your hearing aids with kid gloves. Contemporary hearing aids are highly-sophisticated devices, powered by expensive, state-of-the-art, technology. Put them down gently and store them carefully. Don’t ever handle them like a set of earbuds, tossing them on a table or shoving them in your pocket (that one is a good way to forget about them and run them through the wash). It’s also a good idea to make sure your hands are clean before handling hearing aids. Dust, dirt, and greasy fingers can’t do those electronics any good.
Don’t get your hearing aids wet. Moisture and hearing aids are a bad combination. Yes, many hearing aids are water-resistant, but that is no reason to tempt fate. Sound needs to get in and out of a hearing aid, which means there are openings available for moisture to get inside. Here are some thoughts on keeping your hearing aids dry:
- Don’t put your hearing aids on in the morning, until after you’ve finished your morning bathroom routine; that includes any hair products you might use.
- When you’re at a pool, lake, or the seashore put your hearing aids in a protective case and leave them someplace cool and dry; a specially designed, dry-storage kit is highly recommended.
- That dry storage kit is an excellent storage option, in general. Between perspiration and the elements, it’s very likely that most days will end with some level of moisture on your hearing aids. Some kits are very simple, some are more high-tech. We’ll be glad to go over your options with you.
- Don’t panic if your hearing aids get wet, but please don’t rush to dry them with a hair dryer, or by putting them in a microwave or standard oven. Direct heat is dangerous for hearing aid electronics. Follow the instructions in your dry storage kit.
Don’t have your hearing aids turned on when you don’t need them. This will preserve your battery and reduce wear and tear on your electronics.
Keep your hearing aids clean. Use a clean, soft cloth to remove earwax, dirt, or dust that accumulates, as those build-ups can block sound. If your hearing aids have earwax guards, you’ll need to change them regularly (it’s easy). One more thing about earwax: People who wear hearing aids have been known to produce more earwax than the average person, so you may find yourself cleaning your hearing aids more often than you might expect.
Have your hearing aids serviced regularly. Like any other important device, a hearing aid sometimes needs servicing: cleaning, adjustments, and even the occasional repair. Hearing health professionals, like our staff at Legacy Hearing, will advise you on just how often to bring your hearing aids in for a check-up. Also, your hearing aid will come with some sort of manufacturer’s warranty to cover a certain number of check-ups and maintenance procedures. Make sure you take full advantage of your warranty.
Hearing aid maintenance isn’t difficult and it can add years of top performance. When you get fitted for hearing aids at Legacy Hearing, we’ll give you detailed instructions on hearing aid care, making sure you know how to do everything you need to do between check-ups.