How to Make Your Hearing Aids Last
Hearing aids offer serious benefits, but they’re also a serious investment. It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to pay for a new pair every year. Not sure how to make your devices last? While they have a fairly long life span – between three and five years, depending on the kind of hearing aid you use – there are several things you can do to get the most bang for your buck.
Clean Your Hearing Aids
Earwax might look a little unappealing, but it actually serves an important purpose. It protects the sensitive eardrum from infection and foreign objects. Earwax buildup can damage your hearing aid, however, and hearing aids can actually increase your earwax production. The best way to keep your hearing aids functioning properly is to clean them every day. Use your designated hearing aid brush – or a clean toothbrush in a pinch – to gently clean the device and the inside of the battery compartment. You should also regularly replace any wax guards on your hearing aid.
Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry
Hearing aids are electronic devices, and electronics don’t mix well with water. If your hearing aid gets wet, the ions in the water can short out your hearing aid in a matter of minutes. Make sure to protect your hearing aids if you’re heading out in the rain, and keep them far away from your shower, bathroom sink, and any other damp surfaces. If your devices do get wet, make sure to dry them off immediately, removing the battery and allowing them to dry thoroughly before using them again.
Practice Smart Storage Habits
There is a right way and a wrong way to store your hearing aids. So before you head to bed, store the hearing aid with the battery door open overnight. This will help eliminate any humidity or moisture that may build up in the device. You should also remove the batteries from any backup sets you keep in your home to prevent corrosion in the interior of the hearing aid.
Keep Up with Repairs
Your hearing aid is made up of several smaller parts, including tubing, external speakers, microphone covers, and wax guards. If you wear hearing aids, you should schedule regular maintenance visits with your Hearing Specialist to ensure that your devices are functioning at their full capacity. Routine maintenance is crucial when it comes to maximizing your devices’ lifespan.
If you wear hearing aids, we encourage you to follow these guidelines to ensure the devices last as long as possible. It’s especially important to schedule regular appointments with your Hearing Specialist. Not only will he or she ensure that your hearing aid is functioning properly, but also he or she will check your hearing health and address any changes that arise.
If you think that you have a hearing loss, or if you would like to have your existing hearing aids checked, call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.