You’ve adjusted to using a hearing aid and now it’s hard to imagine life without it. Wearing a hearing aid has reconnected you to the world and made a big difference to your confidence. The only trouble is, your hearing aid is so comfortable that you forget you’re wearing it which can lead to accidents…
To avoid the inconvenience of being without a hearing device, here are three common ways that accidental damage occurs so that you can avoid them.
1. Flushed with success … not!
At one time or another everyone has dropped something of value, such as a phone or hearing aid into the toilet bowl. The chances of this increase greatly if it’s you fit or remove your device in the bathroom.
Get into the habit of fitting your aid in a room other than the bathroom or kitchen (where water and condensation are a potential hazard). Indeed, it’s a good idea to sit down to fit your aid, and lean forward over a towel so that if the device does slip through your fingers it has a soft landing.
If you find yourself in a bathroom and need to remove the device, then plug the sink and close the toilet seat lid. Remember few hearing aids are truly waterproof so you want to avoid immersion at all costs. And if you drop the device into an empty sink and it disappears down the plughole, don’t run the water as it might be possible to remove the outflow pipe to rescue it.
2. Shower power
Wearing your device in the shower or when swimming is a big no-no (unless you purchased a waterproof hearing aid). It’s no big deal to remove your device before showering, but when out of routine on vacation, it’s easy to plunge into the pool without thinking.
If this happens remove the device immediately and dry it on a clean towel as best you can. Also, open the battery compartment, remove the battery, and wipe it inside. Leave the device in a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier overnight and test it with fresh batteries in the morning. If it’s not working despite this attention, then contact your audiologist’s office for advice.
3. Snack attack
Don’t trust your pets not to investigate your hearing device with their teeth! If you have a dog, keep the device keep well out of reach of an inquisitive canine’s mouth when you aren’t wearing it. Dogs are liable to chomp first and not ask questions. The added problem with this is that batteries are extremely dangerous to dogs. Not only could your hearing device be a right off, but your dog could end needing surgery to remove the battery.
So there we have it. Taking a few extra seconds to remember you are wearing a hearing device could save you a whole bundle of trouble further down the line.