One of the many joys about investing in quality hearing aids is that you can almost forget about them as they discreetly improve your quality of life day after day. We say “almost” because they do benefit from you remembering these few top care tips. Minor attention will save you money through reduced hearing aid repairs while extending the lifespan of your equipment.
Here are the top tips:
Tip #1: Dry Storage
Any equipment that contains cutting-edge, complex technology and circuitry will usually not do well in a humid environment. Hearing aids are manufactured with water-resistant qualities, but they are not waterproof. In addition to removing them for showering, swimming or water activities, hearing aids should be stored in a dry spot.
If they come in contact with water, try to dry them immediately with a paper or regular towel and, only if necessary, a cool hair dryer. Note: NOT hot or warm, or you can cause damage.
Tip #2: Battery Changes
Like all batteries, your hearing aid batteries expire. Leaving them in too long or after a moisture threat can initiate corrosion or damage. Leave the battery door open when you are not using your equipment and if unused for days, remove the batteries for that period.
When it comes to battery change time, clean your device’s battery contacts after removing the old batteries by gently wiping with a dry cotton swab and a good connection is ensured.
Tip #3: Earwax Free
Believe it or not, earwax is the common culprit for poor hearing aid performance. This is why cleaning is vital. Use a dry cotton earbud or super-soft toothbrush at the end of each day. Remove wax or debris from the receiver and microphone with great care.
Tip #4: Filter Changes
Even if you do the required daily cleaning, you will still need to change the wax filters or guards at the recommended times. These components protect the highly sensitive internal components from wax and debris. If the filter looks dirty prior to the scheduled change date, then rather change them sooner.
There are different filters for different devices, so check with us which is the correct one to purchase.
Tip #5: Be Careful And Caring
Hearing devices are robust to a degree, but they are not built to withstand dropping or being placed under something heavy. Take them out carefully, leaning over a towel placed on a table and use this same surface for cleaning or battery changing. Store them in a safe place and protect them further by bringing them to us for a scheduled, professional clean every quarter or half a year.
Call us with any questions on hearing aid repairs or have us call you!