You rely on your hearing aids each day to get quality hearing. If the device malfunctions, listening can be challenging as you wait for an expert to repair them or before you buy new ones. But, through preventative maintenance and quality care, you can actually extend the life of the hearing devices to minimise the chances of malfunctioning. Below are some tips that will make sure you use your device for longer.
Keep in a dry place and avoid moisture
Hearing aids have some sophisticated technology including circuitry in a small shell. If they are exposed to moisture, serious damage can occur. While some hearing aids today are being designed to be waterproof, it's still best to remove them as you swim or shower. If the device comes into contact with a liquid substance, be sure to dry them with a cloth immediately. Do not try to use a heated device such as a hair dryer, since the heat can easily damage them. If you stay in a humid area, consider storing the device in a special dehumidifier for hearing aids.
Ensure the device is earwax free
One of the leading causes of poor performance in hearing aids is earwax. Unluckily, it is nearly impossible to ensure that earwax doesn't get in the device. This is the reason it's essential to clean them regularly. After wearing the hearing aids each day, be sure to gently remove any debris or earwax that could be on the device with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab. Don't forget to clean the microphone and the receiver.
Change the batteries often
The batteries of your hearing aid can damage it if left unchanged for a long time. Trapped moisture causes batteries to corrode, and this can damage the device. Note that the battery door shouldn't be opened when using the device. If you won't be using the gadget for several days, it's recommended that you remove the batteries temporarily.
Additionally, as you change batteries, don't forget to clean the contacts. Simply wipe them down using a dry cotton swab. Poor battery contacts create a bad connection, lowering the performance of a device.
Schedule routine cleanings
Although you clean the hearing aids at home, it important to take them to an expert regularly for a check-up. This is like taking a car to a mechanic; the expert may spot something that needs to be repaired. Necessary adjustments can also be made to ensure the device suits your needs better.Share