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What Do You Need to Know About Hearing Aid Maintenance?
If you have a hearing aid, or you are going to have one fitted soon, you need to make sure that you are taking proper care of them. The more you do this, the longer they will last and the more useful they will be as an aiding device in your life. But if you have never had a hearing device before or not upgraded it for many years, you might feel in the dark about hearing aid maintenance. Let’s take a look at some of the major things you need to be aware of to keep your hearing aids in good condition.
Follow A Daily Routine
Above all, the important thing is to make sure that you are following a daily routine with regard to your hearing aid maintenance. Each day, you should aim to clean your hearing aids, dry them out in the proper manner, give good attention to the receivers and microphones, and do it at the same time each day. That will help you to remember and to keep in the rhythm each day, ensuring that you don’t go through any day without doing the essentials at the very least.
The Cleaning Process
So how do you actually clean your hearing aids? It’s a pretty straightforward process as long as you know what you are doing. Every manufacturer provides a cleaning kit with their hearing aids, so you should be sure to make use of that. That will normally include a wax brush, a cloth and a wax pick. Using these items, give your hearing aids the necessary once-over once a day. Plus, from time to time, make sure that you change out the wax guard – how often you need to do that depends on wax production and varies from individual to individual.
Dirt and Oil
One major issue that can arise with hearing aids is when they are subjected to dirt and oil. Both dirt and oil can cause the hearing aid to stop working, so you should make sure that you are not allowing this to happen at all. That means keeping your fingers clean when you are cleaning out the hearing aids – the oil from dirty fingers is often enough to cause issues with the functioning of the hearing aids in the future.
Similarly, you should do all you can to avoid your hearing aids having trouble with moisture. If they get wet, that can often spell the end of their lifespan, so this is definitely something that you will want to think about. Remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or bathing. Also, don’t leave them in the bathroom as the steam can affect them badly too. Leave the battery compartment open at night to ensure that you are not allowing it to get moist in the night. If you can do that, the hearing aid should remain dry on the whole.
If you manage to remember to do those things, you will get many more years of use out of your hearing aids.