The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports, “Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16 percent) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.”
If you’re one of the few that has made the investment, congratulations! You’re one big step closer to healthier hearing. To get the most out of your hearing aids this year, follow our tips below.
Get an Updated Audiogram
If it has been more than a year since your last hearing test, you should schedule one right away. Hearing loss is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens over time. If your audiogram is outdated, it means the programming on your hearing aids is, too. Getting an updated one will allow your audiologist to program your hearing aids to the exact specifications your current hearing abilities require.
Clean Them Daily
If you want your hearing aids to function optimally and last a long time, the best thing you can do is clean them every single day – it only takes about five minutes! First, wipe them down with a soft, dry, clean cloth. Then, use a wax pick/wire loop to remove stubborn debris. Open the battery doors and use a soft brush to clean them out. If your hearing aids have tubing, take it off and wash it in warm, soapy water once a week, but make sure it’s completely dry before reattaching.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Another way to ensure the function and longevity of your hearing aids is to invest in a dehumidifier to store your devices in at night. This will remove any moisture that has accumulated throughout the day.
There are many other hearing aid accessories on the market that can improve your experience with hearing aids, such as:
- Lanyards to clip your devices to your clothing while working out at Irongrind True Fitness on Montana Avenue so they aren’t lost or stepped on.
- Battery caddy to bring spares along with you everywhere you go, without worrying about losing them.
- Sweat covers to ensure your hearing aids aren’t damaged by moisture while you’re running at the park.
- Portable chargers for rechargeable hearing aids so you can charge them even if you don’t have access to an outlet.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Tinnitus & Hearing Experts today.