It is important to remember that your hearing aids require care and upkeep to maintain their optimal condition. By maintaining your hearing aids you will not only increase the longevity of your investment, you will assure you receive the highest sound quality possible.
Hearing Aid Care Tips
Be mindful of any moisture that may enter the ear canal and cause damage to your hearing aid. Most hearing aids are not meant to be worn in the water and can sustain damage from humid environments. When traveling to humid locations bring along a drying device or dehumidifier, store hearing aids in a water proof container, and be careful not to splash or submerge your head while wearing your hearing aids.
Your hearing aid batteries should last between 1-2 weeks between changes. If you are traveling, be sure to carry extra batteries. Hearing aid batteries should be installed with the positive (+) side facing up. Store extra batteries in a water tight container and keep in a relatively cool environment to prevent premature deterioration. Batteries should be disposed of individually and recycled if possible. Keep in mind hearing aid batteries are toxic, so they should be disposed of properly and handled with care.
Hearing Aid Cleaning
Be mindful to clean your hearing aids frequently with a soft dry cloth. Check often for dirt, grime or ear wax build up that can cause the device to not function properly. Ear molds can be removed from the hearing aid for cleaning. Be sure that your ear molds are completely dry when returning them to your hearing device and that no lint is left behind.
Common Hearing Aid Troubleshooting
Feedback is described as a whistling sound coming from your hearing aid. Some causes of feedback can include: ear mold being too small for the ear, too much wax build up, or device in need of repair/replacement. If you are experiencing feedback be sure to clean your device, assure it is fitting properly within the ear and the batteries are fresh.
There are a few reasons why you may be experiencing distorted sound coming from your hearing aid. In order to troubleshoot your hearing aid sound issues, start by checking the battery to assure power is flowing correctly to the device. A few other causes of distorted sound may be cracks or holes in the tubing, moisture present in the hearing aid, or damage to the cords connecting the hearing aid.
The first thing to check when you experience no sound coming from your hearing aid device is the battery. You may also want to check that the hearing aid does not having an blockages due to ear wax or dirt, all tubing and cords are properly connected and in good repair, that the volume control is turned up to a level which is conducive to your hearing abilities, and that the microphone area is not covered or obstructed in any way.These are the most common hearing aid troubleshooting tips. If you’ve tried these and your hearing aids still don’t work, you’ll need to bring them to a certified professional for repair.