Hearing aids are an investment and as such should be protected and maintained. You have done the work and are using them to continue with the best possible hearing experience.
What are some of the reasons that hearing aids need maintenance in order to work well?
Understanding Hearing Aid Parts
Hearing aids have components that can lead to disrepair when exposed to the elements without daily care. Added to that are the different uses and environments that the owners require according to their needs and lifestyles.
We are all aware that our electronics are not compatible with water and humidity. In fact, we take care to shield them from both as much as possible. We apply this to our cameras, mobile phones and laptops. We need to do the same with our hearing implements. At this stage, modern hearing devices often have chips and computer technology within for greater enhancement and control.
When electronics meet water or moisture repeatedly it spells disaster for the workings of hearing devices. It is the ions within water that disrupt the proper workings of the electronics within a hearing implement. Moisture can offset the proper points for routes of the electrical charges to travel and create shortages and feedback!
Another element that needs protection are the metal parts of within your hearing aids. Though they are usually surrounded by a protective coating, repeated exposure and lack of maintenance can cause them to corrode.
You’ve gotten this far and invested in a fuller hearing experience. It would only make sense to protect your investment so that you can enjoy the benefits and longer use for as long as possible! To keep them at optimal performance level the following are a few tips and suggestions for their care.
Start off right by checking with your audiologist for the best fitting ear molds for your personal needs. This will lessen the chances of interference with your hearing ability whilst using the hearing aids.
- Do keep your ears free of wax build up.
- Do clean your hearing aids with a soft, clean cloth daily.
- Do use a mild soap when necessary.
- Do keep them dry as possible.
- Do store them in a proper overnight container.
- Do listening checks using a dedicated listening tube.
Purchase the following
- Extra batteries for emergencies and back up.
- A battery tester.
- A listening tube to perform checks.
- A forced air blower.
- A proper storage dryer made specifically for hearing aids.
- A water-resistant pouch for outdoor activities
Desiccants (moisture absorbing materials) are available at your local pharmacy, are not dependent upon electricity and useful when you are in a bind or when traveling.
Electronic storage units are available with many options. They are usually palm-sized and depending upon your needs and budget can provide more than drying options. Some can sanitize while recharging overnight!
Get the Right Fit
It is to your advantage financially and physically to let your audiologist know your needs. Foster a communicative relationship so that they are familiar with your life style and activities. They are instrumental in not only checking and testing your audio functions, they will also help you find the hearing aids that are most beneficial to you. Regular checkups will endure your needs are being met and that your hearing health is consistently monitored.
They will direct you on the proper use of your listening tube so that you know how well your hearing implements are working and if there any issues outside of your purview. Their insight as to the nurturing of your hearing experience and maintenance of your specific hearing devices will make all the difference to your pocket and to your hearing health.
When your hearing aids are not being used, keep the battery door open to help them stay dry and last longer.
When cleaning your hearing devices make sure you attend to any vents that can get easily clogged by outside debris or internal build-up.
Pay special attention to the microphone and keep it clean and clear of any blockages.
Keep your hearing aids clipped to your clothes if you are hiking or playing sports.
Desert Valley Audiology
Desert Valley Audiology welcomes any further questions or queries you or those close to you might have. We are well prepared to help you further your goals of a fulfilling, interactive and hearing enriched life. To share in, promote, educate and maintain the investments you have decided to make in your health is our goal as well. We look forward to hearing from you and become a part of your path to hearing wellness and a fuller hearing experience.