When you have hearing loss and need to better communicate with the world around you, you’ll find hearing aids can make a much-needed impact. These devices provide immense benefits to your quality of life if you have hearing loss or even a condition such as tinnitus. With hearing aids, you will be able to hear more effectively, and this will improve various aspects of your life. You’ll be able to communicate effectively, you won’t need to ask people to repeat themselves, and you won’t have issues going to the cinema or simply watching TV. However, for this to be the case, you do need to take great care of your hearing aids and earmolds. If you fail to look after these devices, then they will likely malfunction.
So, let’s look at some of the best tips for keeping these hearing aids and earmolds in optimal condition.
Fitting the Batteries
Batteries will give you an indication of which way they should be fitted into a device. When you open up your battery compartment, ensure that you have checked for this indication so that you know you have correctly placed your batteries. If they are not fitted properly, either your hearing aid just isn’t going to work, or you could even damage the entire device. If you are in doubt about how to insert these batteries, ask a friend or family member to help you. Or, if you are going to your hearing care professional, you can ask them to show you the correct way to fit the batteries without damaging anything.
Keeping Things Clean
Something that is vital for caring for your hearing aids, as well as your earmold, is that you keep them clean. Ear wax and debris can build up in your ear over time, and if your hearing aids get clogged, then they are no longer going to work at the maximum level. That is why you need to ensure that you are cleaning them regularly because replacing them is going to cost you a lot more than caring for them in the first place.
To do this, you are going to need something that is like a small brush but always ensures that it is dry. Water can damage your device, and that is the last thing you need. You should start by examining the device and the earmold for debris and ear wax. If you find some, start by gently brushing it off. After, you need to see if any moisture has built up in your earmold. If you find this is the case, you should use a bulb blower to force the moisture out and then leave it overnight to dry. Ensure that it is fully dried before you put it back in your ear.
Keeping Them Safe
There are different storage instructions for each type of hearing aid when they are not in use. Usually, they need to be stored in a cool, dry room to avoid any kind of damage. With your earmold, you need to ensure that it is out of the way of any moisture, or anywhere that it can get damaged. You can even buy cases for these items so that you can make sure they are safe at all times.
Avoiding Getting Them Wet
Finally, it’s essential that you don’t get your hearing aids wet. While there are exceptions, most hearing aids are not designed for this level of water resistance. Rainwater will typically be fine, but anything else should be avoided where possible. This means that you should not clean your hearing aids by soaking them in water. You can do this for earmolds, but they will need to be removed completely from the device and made from a material that won’t change in water.
It is also important to remove these devices when you take a shower or have a bath. In both cases, it will be easy to forget that your hearing aids are in as they tend to be quite small. By doing this, you do run the risk of causing damage here, and a repair like this can be both expensive as well as time-consuming.
If you do need to clean your devices, you need to avoid water except for a damp cloth. A damp cloth is usually more than enough to get the excess ear wax as well as other debris off your device.
You can find out how to keep your hearing aids safe and in fantastic condition by visiting our office. To learn more about how you can take care of your hearing aids, call us today to schedule your appointment at one of our convenient locations.