Thursday, May 2, 2013

Caring for Hearing Aids

Hearing aids don’t require a lot of work but they do need a little tender loving care.   When you are fit with hearing aids, the audiologist will go over basic operation and care of your hearing aids with you. Here are things to keep in mind.
picture of Travel Size Hearing Aid Maintenance KitMoisture is the leading cause of breakdowns in hearing aids.  Keep the instruments dry, don’t wear them in the shower and don’t store them in the bathroom.  Some of the newer hearing aids are moisture resistant; some even claim they are waterproof.  Be careful, hearing aids will not hold up under water for very long so keep them dry.  For those who have problems with moisture such as perspiration or times of high humidity, I recommend using a hearing aid dehumidifier at night to dry them out. 
Daily care is simple.  Hearing aids need to be cleaned when they are removed from your ears.  This is easily done by wiping them with a clean soft cloth or a tissue.  This will remove skin and hair oil as well as ear wax that sticks to the outside of the aids.  Open the battery doors and put them in a safe place so that pets cannot get to them.
Ear wax can also work its way into the opening where the sound comes out.  If it builds up, it can plug up the hearing aid and the sound cannot come out.  You received tools to use for this when you were fit with the hearing aids. How use the tools to clean the wax from the opening varies depending on the type of hearing aid you have.  If you have questions about how to clean the wax from the sound opening in your hearing aids, contact your audiologist.
It is also a good idea to have your audiologist clean the hearing aids once or twice a year.  We can get in the nooks and crannies, disinfect the aids and clean the battery contacts.
Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

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1 comment:

  1. It's very easy to care for your hearing aids. Proper care for your hearing aids can help them last longer and lower the necessities for hearing aid repairs.

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