Geneva Hearing Services - Geneva, IL

Woman putting on her hearing aid over the couch in case she drops it.

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible moment. Such as when you’re in an important meeting.

No one wants that to occur! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your general health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning in peak condition.

You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them working in peak condition by following these 7 tips.

1. Become Familiar With The Instruction Manual

Your hearing aids came with a manual outlining how to maintain them so that you can get the best results. Many technical difficulties you might be having can be sorted out by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.

If something isn’t working properly, always consult the manual first.

Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Newer hearing aids function differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been lots of advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can be the result.

Ear infections can trigger further hearing concerns. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.

After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being mindful not to get it too wet.

Once a week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces completely.

Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even high humidity can damage them. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids sitting on a surface in your house will collect dust that carries bacteria.

Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and store them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you bathe or shower. Leave your hearing aids in another room during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.

Take an umbrella with you if it’s raining.

Always keep your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if the air has moisture.

Heat can also cause damage to hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a blow dryer, sauna, or other extreme heat.

4. Avoid Draining The Battery

Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you go to a significant event.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. If you’re not going to wear them for an extended period of time, always remove the battery. You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s delicate electronics.

You can significantly extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.

5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned

A small amount of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you put your hearing aid in. If this earwax is allowed to build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound muted. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.

With the correct tools and know-how, it’s a simple process. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.

6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface

Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a realistic possibility in this situation. Always insert your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.

7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Speak to a Specialist

If you’re not having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. Your situation can be improved. Make an appointment to come see us for a hearing test.

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