Quick Guide to Hearing Aid Maintenance
Whether you are new to hearing aids, or an experienced wearer, you know the power of your hearing aids! Hearing aids reconnect those of us with hearing loss to the world around us, from the voices of our loved ones to the sounds of everyday life to keep us safe.
Though they are small, hearing aids are workhorses of electronic devices. Because we wear them every day, it is important to make sure we care for them to keep them in proper working order.
Your hearing specialist at Sound Hearing Group will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your hearing aids. Here is quick guide to daily hearing aid maintenance.
Daily Listening Checks
Each morning, before putting in your hearing aids, perform listening checks on your hearing aids. This could be as simple as putting in your hearing aids and rubbing your hands by your ears. Ask your hearing specialist for more advanced listening checks to ensure that your hearing aids are working at the proper calibration.
Check The Batteries
Batteries are essential to the function of your hearing aids. Hearing aids come with traditional batteries or rechargeable batteries. If you use hearing aids with traditional lithium batteries, make sure they are charged before going out in the day. Also, remember to carry an extra pair, just in case your current batteries run out. When your hearing aids are not in use, keep the battery doors open to air them out (moisture may collect during the day).
For people who use rechargeable hearing aids, remember to charge your hearing aids overnight, so that they are fully charged for the day. Most rechargeable hearing aids require a six-to-eight-hour charge overnight for a full battery that can be used for most of the day.
Clean Your Hearing Aids
Your hearing aids are sensitive electronic devices, and they must be handled with care. When cleaning your hearing aids, lay out a towel or soft surface, just in case they slip from your hands. Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the outside surfaces of the hearing aid, as instructed by your hearing specialist.
Avoid taking apart your hearing aids to clean them, and also, avoid using water to clean your aids!
If you use behind-the-ear hearing aids, then you may remove the ear molds from the hearing aid and soak them in a solution of warm water and soap. Again – it is important to remove the ear molds from the hearing aid before you soak! Make sure that the ear molds are completely dry before inserting them again into the hearing aid, as any moisture could damage the aid.
Prevent Earwax Buildup
Earwax buildup is a normal part of wearing a hearing aid. Earwax buildup could mess up the hearing aid’s components and prevent the hearing aid from working properly. The best time to clean out earwax is at the end of the day, as the wax will still be soft. If you leave your hearing aids overnight to clean earwax buildup in the daytime, the wax may have hardened by then.
Your hearing specialist will provide you with the tools and instruction on how to properly clean out wax from your hearing aids. If you find that wax is difficult to remove, contact us at Sound Hearing Group for a professional cleaning.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
At Sound Hearing Group, we offer free cleanings of existing hearing aids. We also offer repair on all makes of hearing aids, no matter the brand or style. With the purchase of new hearing aids from Sound Hearing Group, you will receive a lifetime of free service on your hearing aids! If your hearing aid require repair, call us to schedule an appointment, rather than attempting to fix them on your own. Contact us at Sound Hearing Group to schedule regular maintenance on your hearing aids in Sun City.