The sleek and modern hearing aids available today are nothing like the bulky and outdated devices you remember your parents or grandparents wearing. While new hearing aids are designed to provide years of exceptional service, they do require regular maintenance to keep them working their best. Following the daily maintenance checklist outlined below can help ensure you get years of amplification out of your devices.
Use a Soft, Dry Cloth
As with most electronic devices, hearing aids and water don’t mix. You should always use a soft, dry cloth to wipe down your hearing aids to help remove any built-up debris or moisture accumulation.
Test Your Battery
Hearing aids require a power source to run; most devices rely on the use of either disposable or rechargeable batteries.
Unlike traditional batteries, which will slowly lose power as they drain, the special zinc oxide batteries used in hearing aids can go from seemingly full to dead in an instant. Testing your batteries through the use of a battery tester, which you can pick up at Ace Hardware of El Paso, or the hearing aid app on your smartphone before you leave the house can tell you how much power your hearing aids have left. If the batteries are close to dying, simply bring along an extra set when you head out for the day.
Check for Earwax or Debris
Your hearing aids spend all day in your ears, where they are exposed to dirt, debris and plenty of earwax. When you remove your hearing aids from your ears, make sure to visually inspect them. If you notice any buildup, it is easier to remove it right away rather than after it has dried and become caked onto the device.
Store Them Correctly
You should always place your hearing aids somewhere safe when you take them out of your ears after a long day. Rechargeable hearing aids come with a convenient charging case, while some may opt to invest in a dehumidifier. At the very least, you should place your hearing aids somewhere safe and open the battery compartment door to allow any excess moisture that has built up inside the devices to evaporate overnight.
To learn more about taking care of your hearing aids, repairs or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid professional, contact Tinnitus & Hearing Experts today.