The Proper Care Guide for Your Hearing Aid: How to Take Care of This Special Device
Your hearing aid is an investment. It’s like a little companion that is there to help you through the day. So, why not show it a little love and take good care of it. So what do you do to make sure that your hearing aid has a long and lasting life? We have a few device maintenance tips that will keep you hearing for years to come.
Let’s take a look.
Hearing aids are sophisticated devices with many complicated components and parts. They are resistant, but they also need their fair share of maintenance in order to last longer. Common hearing aid problems can range from dud batteries, fluctuating power, corroded connections, and damaged battery components.
Help avoid repairs by following these tried and true maintenance rules.
Start here. Know the different parts of your hearing aids. Typically, most hearing aids will be made up of three main components:
- The shell: This is the outer component of the hearing aid. If this outer part of the hearing aid gets damaged, it can affect the way it fits on your ear.
- The receiver: This is the small component that transmits the sound from the hearing aid to your ear.
- The microphone: This is the component that picks up sound. It is very delicate and should be handled with care.
Tips for Cleaning the Shell
When cleaning your hearing aid, cleaning the outer shell will help protect the entire device. Never use an overly wet cloth or strong chemical cleaners on your hearing aid. Some hearing aids will come with a brush that can be used to clean this part.
Tips for Cleaning the Microphone
To keep this part in tip-top shape and working optimally, never stick anything into the microphone port. You risk damaging the part. Turn the hearing aid upside down so the port is facing the floor so as you loosen debris, it falls out of the microphone port and doesn’t get jammed in further.
Tips for Cleaning the Receiver
Dry cleaning the small hole that acts as the receiver on a regular basis will prevent buildup or debris collection. When cleaning the receiver use extra care. Be gentle, as it is a sensitive component. You can use the wax pick that came with your device and slowly scoop up the wax. Insert the pick slowly until you feel the obstacle, then slowly pull out.
The Most Common Problems With Hearing Aids
Although these devices are meticulously built, problems can arise depending on the wear and tear, as well as how well you maintain it. Some of the most common problems that arise with people’s hearing aids include:
- Battery Issues: The lifespan of a hearing aid battery can vary depending on your device. Even those batteries that are rechargeable can lose their function eventually.
- Earwax Blockages: It may sound a little yucky, but the truth is that wax buildup can affect our hearing even without a hearing aid. So when people wear a hearing aid, the accumulation can be a little more prevalent.
- BTE Tubing Damage: BTE-style hearing aids will present issues with the tubing itself. If the environment and sweat clog up the tube, this will also cause issues.
More Tips for Caring for Your Hearing Aid
So now that you know the most common problems, then you can take the necessary precautions and ensure you have a good battery and are protecting your hearing aid as much as possible from earwax and debris from the environment.
Keep your hearing aids moisture-free. Moisture and water are not your hearing aid’s friends. That is unless your hearing aid is explicitly waterproof. Clean your hearing aid regularly with a dry cloth to wipe off any oils and make sure to keep away from wet places.
Keep your device earwax-free. By avoiding the buildup of earwax, you will prevent your device from breaking or needing repairs. After each time you wear your hearing aid, consider cleaning it free of earwax.
Store them in a cool dry place. The storage part of your hearing aid is equally as important. Avoid storing them in the restroom, if they will be exposed to a lot of moisture.
Watch the hair products or perfume. While wearing your hearing aids be careful of spraying them with perfume, hairspray, or other chemical products. Sometimes people inadvertently spray their devices and don’t realize it until there has been building up or they have damaged the microphone or receiver.
Looking for More Essential Hearing Aid Tips? Contact Your Hearing Specialist
Whether you’re searching for a new hearing aid, or have just bought one, you want to take care of it so that it lasts as long as possible. Our specialty here at Mission Hearing is to help everyone hear better. If you have questions about the types of hearing aids available for your hearing loss, talk to a specialist today.
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