Hearing aids are remarkable devices that can transform your life from one of isolation, confusion, and struggle to one with ease of connection, communication, and a vivid sensory environment. How can you quantify the benefit of hearing the birds singing once again?
Although hearing aids are priceless pieces of technology, they are only as good as they are put into use. Wearing them consistently is the best way to become comfortable with the new audio context you will enjoy. Along with consistent use comes the regular wear and tear of daily life. New models of hearing aids are incredibly resilient to the elements they will face, including the barrage of dirt, debris, dust, and moisture in the environment. Some aids can withstand exposure or even submersion in fluid, but most are best kept dry and clean.
The following tips will help you keep your hearing aids in top working order.
In order to keep your hearing aids functioning properly, you will need to keep them fully supplied with power. Many new hearing aids are rechargeable, making it possible to extend their functioning without replacing the batteries. Yet, rechargeable batteries need time on the dock to be fully functional throughout the day, and you will do well to get in a regular habit of charging.
For those who use hearing aids with replaceable batteries, you might want to make a note of when the batteries were last charged. Just like an oil change in the car, it is easy to forget to maintain batteries until it’s too late. You don’t want to get stuck with dysfunctional hearing aids at the moment you need them most!
Cleaning your aids might seem like a difficult or tedious activity, but you just need to do a bit of practice to know how to clean them. Each model is slightly different, but there are some regularities in the cleaning method.
First, take a clean cloth or a soft brush to remove any surface debris from the units. You might notice a layer of wax has formed on the hearing aids. If this is the case, a number of tools are available to you. The first is a cleaning brush. This device can be used to gently wipe away a layer of wax or other debris that has become lodged on the units. Some cleaning brushes have a magnet on the end, as well, used to make battery removal easier. The second tool you might need is a wax pick and wire loop. These tools, often included in one device, are used to remove wax from the tiny holes surrounding the microphone or receiver of your aids. Finally, a multi-tool is available with all these devices in one.
With these cleaning tools in hand, you can easily remove wax from the components of the hearing aids. After using the brush, pick, or loop to remove wax from the units, finish with a clean cloth or soft brush to wipe the debris far from your hearing aids
Temperature and Moisture
Although hearing aid technology has advanced greatly in recent years, these units are still sensitive to the elements. It is best not to leave your hearing aids in very hot locations, such as the dashboard of your car while you leave it in the baking sun. Similarly, extreme cold can be damaging to your hearing aids, so be sure to keep them with you in a heated space during the winters.
Though some newer aids are resilient to moisture, take a moment to find out your hearing aids’ resistance to water submersion. If your hearing aids are not specifically designed for immersion in water, then take care to remove them before showering, swimming, or other water activities. You may even want to remove them before going out in the rain if you forgot your umbrella at home!
With these basic maintenance tips in mind, you should have no problem at all keeping your hearing aids in perfect working order for years to come. Good habits can make the process like second nature, and many people like to take a moment for hearing aid maintenance and cleaning before bed at night. Make sure your hearing aids are in top shape so you can rely on them!
Are you hearing aids in need to professional care and maintenance? Contact our team at Audibel today to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!