Hearing Aids Need to be Properly Maintained
All expensive purchases require a little upkeep. That fancy pan you bought needs to be seasoned, the sports car needs to have its oil changed and your hearing aids need to be properly maintained.
You and your Las Vegas audiologist worked hard to determine the best hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss. After investing so much time and money into this purchase why not do everything you can to ensure your hearing aids last as long as possible?
Tips to Care for Your Hearing Aids
Below are a few tips to ensure your hearing aid continues to work its best.
- Clean the hearing aid. When you take your hearing aids out before bed they must be properly cleaned. This involves removing any buildup of earwax, dirt or grime. The hearing aid itself should be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. The earmold (the part that goes into the ear canal) should be removed and cleaned with a mild soap solution. Make sure the earmold is completely dry before reattaching it to the device.
- Remove moisture. Your hearing aid spends most of its life inside your ear; just imagine how much moisture becomes trapped inside. A hearing aid drying container or a dehumidifier should be used to remove the excess moisture that has collected inside the device. It is imperative that you take the battery out of the hearing aid before you place it in the container overnight.
- Check the batteries. The batteries used by your hearing aid are not the standard mercury batteries you are probably used to. Instead of slowly draining over time, the zinc batteries can go from full power to dead in an instant. Using a battery tester every morning will ensure you can leave the house feeling confident that your hearing aids will make it through the day. Just to be safe, keep extra batteries with you at all times.
While this may seem like a lot of work, it is nothing compared to the time, energy and money it would cost you to keep up with costly repairs. For more tips on how to extend the life of your hearing aids, contact your Las Vegas audiologist.