When you buy a hearing aid, you are investing in a sophisticated piece of technology. The device uses miniaturization to provide you maximum amplification in an unobtrusive manner. But the small components and delicate circuitry mean getting maximum life from your device relies on regular maintenance.
Taking care of your hearing aid is straightforward and easy to incorporate into your lifestyle with these simple tips:
#1: Avoid Extremes
Be kind to your hearing aid and never leave it exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity. For example, it’s best not to leave the device inside a hot car in summer, or wear it in a shower (unless it is a waterproof model).
Obvious as it sounds, never dry you hearing aid in a microwave oven, which is a fast way to damage it beyond repair. When not wearing your device, store it out of direct sunlight and never leave it in a steamy bathroom with all that humidity!
So what should you do instead?
#2: Reduce Humidity
The fine tubing is prone to moisture build up, which can interfere with its functionality. At the end of each day when you remove the device, store it in a drying kit. These are simple drum-like containers which you put the hearing aid inside at night. Your audiologist can advise you on a type that is suitable for your device.
If you don’t like the idea of a drying kit, then be sure to open the battery door each evening so that the air circulates naturally and dries out the components. Furthermore, if the battery is covered in condensation, wipe it dry with a soft cotton cloth.
#3: Wax Control
It is a natural function of the ear to produce wax. Unfortunately it is the nature of wax to clog the ear piece of your ITE (in-the-ear) or RITE (receiver-in-the-ear) device. To counteract this, most hearing aids come with a wax filter to prevent it gaining access deeper into the device. In addition, it is best to make a nightly routine of cleaning away wax from the ear piece using a special tool supplied with the hearing aid. If you’re not sure how to do this, your audiologist will be happy to show you.
#4: Just Like Jewelry
As with jewelry, never spray aerosols such as deodorant, perfumes, or hairspray near your hearing device. Do your personal grooming first, and once the products are dry, then fit the hearing aid – and don’t forget to handle the device with clean, dry hands.
Your hearing device is a piece of precision technology. If there is a problem, never attempt home repairs as you could do irreparable damage. Instead, speak to your audiologist who can troubleshoot your device or refer to the manufacturer.