How to Increase The Life of a Hearing Aid?
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There’s no denying that hearing aids are life-changing devices for millions of people. They help individuals have greater hearing clarity and increased confidence in their daily activities. The thing is, hearing aids aren’t indestructible devices.
You must follow the right tips and guidelines for caring for your hearing aids. Doing so will ensure their longevity and prevent loss of functionality. Some hearing aids are also costly, so it makes sense to maintain them properly.
Otherwise, you might have no choice but to invest in new hearing aids regularly. Here are some of the best ways that you can increase the life of your hearing aids:
Use fresh batteries
Hearing aids require power to amplify the sounds around you and to do that they use batteries. As you already know, batteries have a limited lifespan before they become depleted.
It would be best if you had some spare, fully-charged batteries available so that you can swap your depleted ones in your hearing aids. When you remove your old batteries, be sure to check for dirt or erosion and clean the area carefully before inserting the new batteries.
Regularly clean your hearing aids
When you first get hearing aids, the hearing instrument specialist (HIS) will undoubtedly have talked about the importance of hearing aid maintenance. All hearing aids will get dirty over time, and so require regular maintenance.
Some of the problems you may experience with seldom-maintained hearing aids include blocked tubes, microphone debris, and dirt in the battery compartment area. The good news is that it’s straightforward enough to clean your hearing aids.
Did you know that you can get a variety of tools to help make your hearing aid maintenance easier? For example, there are products you can purchase, such as air puffers, soft wipes and even cleaning pens.
Certain hearing aid types may require special cleaning tools. It’s always worth checking with your hearing instrument specialist to find out if that’s the case for your hearing aids.
Avoid getting your hearing aids wet
While it’s true that hearing aids can take a certain level of abuse from daily use, they aren’t indestructible devices. Long-term exposure to water and moisture are a couple of things that can potentially cause hearing aids to become faulty.
Keeping that in mind, it’s a good idea to avoid getting your hearing aids wet. For example, if you need to walk outdoors and it’s raining, store your hearing aids in a waterproof case while you travel or leave them at home.
And you should never have a bath or shower, or go swimming with your hearing aids in place. Still, even with all that advice, there may be times where your hearing aids get accidentally wet. In those circumstances, what should you do?
The first step is to go somewhere dry and warm to remove your hearing aids. Next, you should dry them out with a soft cloth or tissue. You must also remove the batteries and dry any moisture in the battery compartments.
You may also wish to place your hearing aids next to a dehumidifier to extract all moisture from inside of them properly.
Remove your hearing aids when using hair products
If part of your daily routine involves applying hair gel or spray, make sure you do that without your hearing aids in place. The problem with using hair products while using your hearing aids is, they can damage each hearing aid’s internal components.
In some cases, certain hair products can even clog parts of the devices or damage the microphones. As a result, you could find that you have inadvertently caused permanent damage to your hearing aids.
Store your hearing aids safely
There will be times each day where you won’t be using your hearing aids. In those cases, you need to keep your hearing aids stored safely. Doing so will ensure they don’t get accidentally damaged by other people or pets in your household.
You may not realize it, but you can buy protective cases explicitly designed for hearing aids. They are inexpensive yet a worthwhile investment for protecting those life-changing devices.
Aside from accidental damage protection, hearing aid storage cases also protect your devices from extreme temperatures.
Need more help and advice?
Nobile Hearing Aids is an established brand based in Cape Coral, FL. Aside from offering a range of hearing aids, we also provide a comprehensive suite of support services. If you’d like more help and advice to maintain or replace your hearing aids, call us at 239-772-8101.