5 Quick tips to reduced repairs and improve the life of your hearing aids.
After acclimating to wearing hearing aids, many patients feel lost when they have to send their hearing aids in for repair and be without them for a week or so. Below are 5 quick and easy tips to help reduce repairs and improve the life of your hearing aids.
- Utilize a hearing aid dryer.
Putting your hearing aids in a dryer every night will help remove any moisture in the hearing aids from perspiration, humidity and rain. A dryer that has a UV light and dehumidifier built in is preferred to sanitize the hearing aids and remove any moisture. The dryer also serves as a safe place to store your hearing aids every night. You can purchase a hearing aid dryer that has UV light and dehumidifier at Good Sound Audiology.
- Wipe clean and brush away any debris in the morning before insertion.
It is good practice to use the dry cloth and cleaning brush that came with your hearing aids every morning. Simply brush the silicone tip away from the receiver and then give the silicone tip a thorough wipe down to remove any oils or leftover debris from the brush.
- Remember to remove devices before taking a shower or going into the pool.
Although hearing aids are becoming more and more water & dust resistant, very few are waterproof. It is important to remember to remove your devices if you are going into a pool or getting in the shower. If you happen to forget to remove them, simply open the battery door and place them in your hearing aid dryer as soon as possible. If you do not have a hearing aid dryer, leave the battery door open to allow air to circulate through the devices.
Keep hearing aids in their case and in a place that pets and children cannot get to them.
Pets love hearing aids because they smell like their owner, and they feel like if they chew on them just right they can make them emit a very high frequency sound. Children and Grandchildren are also intrigued by hearing aids. That is why it is imperative to keep your hearing aids in their case or in a dryer when they are not in your ears.
- See your provider every 3-6 months for a thorough cleaning and inspection of your hearing aids as well to address any concerns with your hearing.
Your provider has supplies, tools and techniques to give your hearing aids a thorough cleaning to help them sound like new again. It only takes a few minutes to do, and you are paid for the service with most providers. At Good Sound Audiology, you can stop by anytime during our normal business to have your hearing aids examined and cleaned without an appointment and for no charge if your hearing aids are still under warranty.
Written by: Kevin Kimball, B.S., Doctor of Audiology Student, Arizona State University