Just like any new device or appliance, getting new hearing aids comes with a learning curve. In our previous blog, we discussed tips for how to adjust to your new hearing aids. In this post, we’ll share tips for proper maintenance. The more you take care of them, the better and longer they’ll function.
Cleaning Your Hearing Aids
Regular cleaning of your hearing aids is essential to maintain their functionality and prevent any damage. Here are some tips for cleaning your hearing aids:
- Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe your hearing aids clean regularly, and use a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or wax buildup.
- Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the microphone and receiver ports gently.
- Avoid using water or cleaning solutions on your hearing aids, as they can damage the delicate electronic components.
- You can purchase special cleaning kits for hearing aids that include brushes, wax removal tools, and cleaning solutions.
Storing Your Hearing Aids
When you are not using your hearing aids, it is important to store them properly to prevent any damage. Here are some tips for storing your hearing aids:
- Avoid dropping or hitting your hearing aids, as this can damage the delicate components.
- Always keep your hearing aids in a protective case when you are not using them.
- When not using your hearing aids, turn them off to conserve battery life.
- Store your hearing aids in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
- Avoid leaving your hearing aids in humid areas, such as the bathroom, as moisture can damage the electronic components.
- Keep your hearing aids dry and away from water or moisture. Avoid wearing them while swimming or showering.
- Keep your hearing aids away from children and pets.
Knowing When Your Hearing Aids Need Adjusting
Regular adjustments to your hearing aids are essential to ensure that they continue to function optimally. Here are some signs that your hearing aids may need adjusting:
- You are experiencing feedback or whistling sounds when wearing your hearing aids.
- You are having difficulty hearing conversations, even when wearing your hearing aids.
- Your hearing aids feel uncomfortable or do not fit correctly.
- You are experiencing static or distorted sound quality.
If you experience any of these issues, it is important to contact your hearing healthcare professional to schedule an appointment for adjustments.
Taking good care of your hearing aids is essential to ensure that they continue to function effectively and provide you with the best possible hearing experience. And be sure to schedule regular appointments with your team at Florida Gulf Coast Hearing Center for routine check-ups, cleanings, and adjustments.