When we are of the age where we begin to lose our hearing, it can pose both emotional and mental effects. No one wants to admit they are growing old, but no matter how much we try to deny it, time marches on. However, in today’s technologically advanced age, hearing aids are pretty much a given when the time comes that they are needed. In order to get the most effective and lasting use out of your hearing aids, it is essential to take proper care of them. The better you are to them, the better they will work for you.
Check the Batteries
At the top of the list of proper hearing aid care at the ASHA website (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) is checking that your batteries are operating to the best of their abilities. How strong your batteries are will play one of the major roles in how well your hearing aid will work for you. Most batteries last on average 1-2 weeks, but is it suggested that you check them more often than that. Simply purchasing a battery tester will go a long way to making sure your batteries are operating to their maximum potential. Make sure you have extra batteries on hand, just in case, and store your batteries in a cool, dry place.
Clean Your Hearing Aid Often
Healthy Hearing suggests that you set yourself a routine to clean out your hearing aids at least once a week, if not more. Where they sit inside your ear canal, they are subjected to earwax and moisture, both can very detrimental on the lifespan of your hearing aid. Using a wax pick and brush to clean out the opening in the hearing aid will go a long way to help in preventing any reduction in volume or muffling of sound you may be experiencing. If you experience a lot of feedback in the form of whistling, giving your hearing aids a good cleaning in most cases will clear that problem right up.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Another good habit to get into is that of removing your hearing aid whenever you shower, wash your hair, or wash your face. This will eliminate the chances of water and soap getting down in the aid and possibly resulting in permanent damage. It is also highly suggested that you leave your hearing aids out during the application of your hair products such as hair sprays and gels. If left in, the hair products may accumulate on the aid, and again cause permanent damage.
What it all boils down to is if you need hearing aids, the better you take care of them the longer they will last for you. No one wants to think about losing their hearing, but sadly it has for some become a fact of life. Don’t risk missing out on the remaining precious moments and sounds of your life. Take care of your hearing aids — you will be glad that you did.