It is important to treat your hearing instruments with care. This way you will keep them in good working order for many years, and minimize potential problems during everyday use. Hearing aids may be sturdy, but they cannot withstand improper use.
Protect your hearing aids from moisture. Moisture and condensation may damage the electronics in your hearing aids. Remove your hearing aids before showering, bathing or swimming. Due to the high humidity, you should not leave the devices in the bathroom. Dry your ears before inserting the hearing aids. Use a hearing aid dehumidifier at night if you perspire heavily or work outdoors.
Protect your hearing aids from dirt. Always make sure that your fingers are clean and dry before touching your hearing aids. The microphone openings are very small and can become blocked through improper handling. Avoid contact with hairspray or make-up. The fine particles of hairspray or powder make-up may clog the microphone opening and volume control and program switches.
Keep the devices away from children and pets. Store your hearing aids in the case that is provided, out of the reach of children and pets. Be sure to disengage the battery door. A high pitched squeal is emitted when the hearing aids are out of your ears and running. This can raise the curiosity of some pets.In order to be fully functional, your hearing aids need to be clean at all times. Clean the devices with a soft, dry cloth. Never use alcohol, solvents or cleaning agents. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for cleaning ear wax from the devices. Special care products for your hearing aids are available at our office. Stop in and have us clean your hearing aids every 3-6 months.
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Jane Kukula, Au.D. and Paula Webster, M.A.