McDonald Hearing Services - Grand Rapids, MI

Woman putting on her hearing aid over the couch in case she drops it.

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Like when you’re in a crucial meeting.

That’s not something anybody wants! Your hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible benefit from your hearing aids if you keep them working at maximum condition.

You can properly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by following these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The most beneficial results will be achieved when you utilize the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals typically come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical difficulties.

If something isn’t functioning properly, always check the manual first.

Any issues associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be covered in the manual. This is important even if you’ve worn hearing aids before because your new devices may not function in the same manner. After all, there have been many changes in hearing aid technology in the past few years.

2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.

Additional hearing problems can be the outcome of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause irreversible damage.

Bacteria like moist surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them often with an alcohol-free wipe, being careful not to get it too wet.

Once each week, clean the hearing aid and any custom mold pieces thoroughly.

Routinely cleaning your hearing aids will help prevent wax buildup on the earpiece.

3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t put them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids lying on a surface in your house will accumulate dust that carries bacteria.

Keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Before you go into the shower or bathe, make sure you take them out. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower, so don’t leave them on the bathroom counter while getting ready.

Take an umbrella with you if there’s rain in the forecast.

Your battery may die faster because it has to make use of more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.

Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, like a blow dryer or sauna, because that can also do damage to them.

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your nephew’s concert.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended duration, always take out the battery. If you let your hearing aids sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their delicate electronics can be damaged by battery acid.

You can significantly prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring a spare battery, just in case.

5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned

A little bit of wax is pushed into your ear canal every time you put your hearing aid in. Voices will eventually start to sound muted as this earwax accumulates. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem correct, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for abnormal earwax accumulation.

The removal process is simple with the right tools. A hearing professional should be the only individual who performs this procedure.

6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface

Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the sink or toilet is really not worth it. This can definitely lead to dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Always insert your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.

7. Contact a Specialist if You Aren’t Experiencing Better Hearing

You need to keep wearing your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.

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