Getting used to wearing hearing aids can be a relatively complex process all-round. Seeing as the majority of people who use hearing aids do not do so until a later age, we tend to have spent the most part of our lives without anything in our ears besides the occasional use of earphones. So, it’s not all too surprising that some of us find difficulty in adjusting to having something inside our ears throughout the day, all day, every day.
Fortunately, this will soon become a habit and wearing hearing aids will feel as natural as not wearing them. You will also have to get into a routine of caring for your hearing aids properly. As we all know, hearing aids are an investment in your health, and you should follow a regular schedule to ensure that they last as long as possible. Not only for the sake of your investment but for the sake of your hearing health too! Here are a few areas to focus on and a few steps that you should begin to take in order to maintain your aids to a good standard!
Hearing aids need to remain dry at all times. Of course, the majority of us would know better than to jump into a pool wearing them, or to get into the bath or shower while wearing our hearing aids. But it’s always worth mentioning! You may also need to take extra precautions such as remembering to take a brolly out with you if it’s raining to avoid unnecessary exposure to water.
Store your aids in a dry place when not in use
Storage is extremely important. If you have hearing aids that are removed at any point, you need to make sure that they are stored in a dry place. You’d be surprised at the moisture levels or humidity levels in certain areas of your home. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid leaving your hearing aids in the bathroom or the kitchen where steam can build up, or they can risk being splashed.
Change the batteries
You need to change the batteries on your hearing aids as soon as they begin to run low. Some models will automatically play a beeping sound when the battery is running low in order to warn you that they need to be changed. However, with some devices, you will have to use your own initiative. If you notice that sound is becoming faint or distorted, or if sound cuts out completely, it’s time to change your batteries! Try to keep spare batteries around rather than having to rush to the shops as you have run out.
Keep your hearing aid free of earwax
Our bodies naturally produce earwax, so it’s not unusual for you to find that you may occasionally get earwax on your hearing aids. But generally, it’s best to try to avoid this. Make sure that your ear canals are free of excessive wax before putting your hearing aids in. If you feel that your body is producing too much wax, you can contact your hearing instrument specialist, and they can professionally clean your ears and offer assistance on maintaining your auditory health. Make sure to clean any wax off your hearing aids if you find that some has built up on them. A hearing instrument specialist will be able to advise you on how to do this correctly.
Sure, you can give your hearing aids a quick clean yourself on a regular basis. But you should also consider taking them in for a professional cleaning every once in a while. This will help to ensure that your hearing aids really are dirt, debris, and wax free in all areas.
Carry out repairs
If you find that your hearing aids are malfunctioning or become damaged at any point, it’s absolutely essential to engage with hearing aid repairs. Professionals will be able to put wrongs to rights in next to no time, and you’ll really notice the difference when you get your hearing aids back in perfect working order. Don’t delay when it comes to this. There’s no point wearing damaged aids!
Maintaining your hearing aids is going to take a little time and effort. But increasing the longevity of your hearing aids and maintaining their quality is more than worth it! If you’d like any more information on this topic, contact the Beck Hearing Aid Centre at (888) 618-3778.