If you have been living with hearing loss for years and have just invested in a new pair of hearing aids, then congratulations is in order! You are most likely enjoying a wealth of sounds and rich conversation that you may not have been able to hear clearly for years. Studies show that hearing aids improve people’s quality of life, mood and ability to be independent.
Now that you are able to access this new world of hearing you are going to want to take care of these important devices. The average hearing aid can last 5 -7 years. If you don’t think that is very long then consider all the work that these advanced computers perform, amplifying sound from the moment you step out of bed till the time you go to sleep each day.
To get the most out of your hearing aids you are going to want to take care of them. Here are just a few tips to make sure you get as much time as possible with your new hearing aids!
Hearing aids, like all electronics, don’t mix well with water. While many hearing aids on the market offer water resistance, there is not a hearing aid available that is 100% waterproof. Always make sure you take your hearing aids out when you shower or swim. To make sure that your hearing aids don’t accidently get splashed while bathing or swimming make sure to carry a waterproof case with you. This way you can be sure that they will stay dry.
Even so, if you sweat due to a hot day or from exercise moisture can build up in your device over time. To remove the moisture from your hearing aids it is a good idea to invest in a dehumidifying case. Many of these cases employ a fan to draw out moisture or a chemical desiccant to internally dry out your hearing aids.
Many times a dehumidifying case can double as a battery charging port for hearing aid models with rechargeable batteries. This way you can ensure moisture is removed overnight as you charge your hearing aids. When you are diligent about not letting moisture build up you can rest, knowing that you are taking the best care possible of your important investment in hearing.
A Regular Cleaning Routine
Just as many of us brush our teeth or wash our face as a nightly routine before bed, make sure to add cleaning your hearing aids nightly. During a busy day, dirt, earwax and debris can collect in your ears and on your hearing aids. If you are diligent about wiping down your hearing aids every night, then you can avoid letting this become a major issue with your hearing aids. Dirt and earwax can build up causing blockages in tubes and crevices of your hearing aids causing them to function less effectively. You should wipe down anything internally, just the exterior with a dry scratch free cloth. There are also finer tools available to remove earwax that can accumulate right on the edge of the hearing aid that faces the ear canal. Using rubbing alcohol on the external part to clean can work as well, but avoid using this on any of the internal components as it can short the fragile electronics.
For hearing aids that require a battery replacement it’s a good idea to open the battery door as part of your end of the day routine. These batteries need to be replaced every 3 days on average but opening the door stops the batteries from being drained of power over night. This way you can ensure you have battery power during the day when you are really relying on it. For models with rechargeable batteries, make sure to charge your battery nightly for a full eight hours. This will give you the best battery life possible during the day.
Keeping up with these basic care rituals will help you keep your hearing aids working their best for much longer. However, sometimes issues arise that must be handled by a professional. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding your new hearing aids. We are here to help!