Guidelines for Maximum Hearing Aid Use and Care
Are you a new hearing aid user? Unsure of how to get the most out of your improved hearing experience from day to day? Maybe you’d like to know more about general hearing aid use and care. In either situation, we’re here to help.
This guide will look at some of the most effective ways you can care for your hearing aids for years to come. Hearing aids are an essential support to millions of people suffering from hearing loss all over the world. But how many of us are maintaining them correctly? In this guide, we aim to break down the facts and to help you make the most out of your aids for day-to-day use.
Why Maintain Your Hearing Aid?
It may be obvious to look after your hearing aid, but many people don’t. It is surprising for audiologists to learn just how many people simply aren’t caring for their devices correctly! There are a number of reasons why you should be careful with yours.
- They offer you essential hearing support and care
- They are extremely sensitive pieces of equipment
- They can be expensive to repair and replace
- The more you look after your hearing device, the longer they will last
- Maintaining your equipment may save you having to consult with an audiologist again
- Prevention is always better than a cure – protect your hearing aids now for the better
Simple, Regular Care
Knowing how to look after your hearing aids is half the battle. It’s important to understand how to get the most out of your implants, and while all good audiologists will advise you on what to do when you first have one fitted, it never hurts to brush up.
- Regular hearing device care can help to maintain optimum hearing quality
- It can also ensure proper ear hygiene, too
- Ears are notoriously moist places – meaning that electronics can falter in such conditions
- Earwax, too, can be a problem for many users
- Taking care of your earpieces effectively extends their lifespan
Getting Started – Cleaning Your Hearing Aids
If you’re unsure how to clean your hearing aids properly, here are a few tips. These guidelines are easy to follow and can help to keep your implants working correctly for years to come.
- Clean your devices every night, when possible
- NEVER clean your earpieces with water or any other liquid, such as alcohol
- ALWAYS clean carefully around your devices with tools and wipes provided. Seek recommendations from your audiologist and hearing specialist
- One of the main reasons you may need to clean your hearing aids out regularly is as a result of earwax. Carefully remove any wax built up in your implants as per the above
- Make sure you carefully store your hearing aids at night, or when they are not in use
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Safe
There are a number of situations whereby you are not recommended to wear your hearing aids. We will look at these scenarios a little more closely further down. For now, however, let’s take a look at why it’s important to keep your aids stored safely and away from harm.
- Ultimately, these devices are heading for a very sensitive place! Try and keep them clean and clear from debris
- This includes making sure your hands are clean and dry before handling them
- Dropping your hearing aids on hard surfaces could risk damage. Be careful inserting and removing at all times
- Make sure you avoid storing your hearing aids away from moisture, liquid or high to extreme heat. All can severely damage their function
- Your hearing specialist will be able to recommend or even supply special moisture-free boxes
- Remove any, and all batteries at night. For one, this can help prolong their lifespan
- Do try and store them safely away from children and pets. Not only can this lead to breakage or loss, but high pitches may harm dogs in particular
If you do accidentally get your hearing aids wet, you should be able to safely air dry them. However, don’t be tempted to subject them to an intensive hair dryer, or too high levels of heat. That will do them more harm than good!
When Can’t I Wear Hearing Aids?
While many modern devices come with waterproofing, many certainly do not! Here are a few situations where you may want to remove your earpiece completely.
- While swimming or bathing
- While using a sauna, hot tub or shower
- When drying or treating your hair. This can include hairspray and other products, as well as the use of hairdryers
- It is also strongly advised that you don’t wear an aid while sleeping. You may not need one overnight – always consult your hearing specialist first
Common Problems and Troubleshooting
Most hearing aids are built to last. You will also be recommended a suitable system by an audiologist based on your hearing profile and the shape of your ears. However, you may find that you are experiencing some difficulties with your implants from day to day.
- You may experience a complete loss of function
- You may experience intrusive noise and feedback
- You may be having difficulty using the volume setting
- You may be suffering from distortion
- You may be experiencing a lack of clarity from situation to situation
Many of these problems may be simply remedied at home. However, never, under any circumstances, attempt a repair of your hearing amplification device yourself. Unless your audiologist or enclosed guide advises you to take action, it is never recommended that you take apart or attempt to fix your hearing aids. That can not only potentially make things worse, but may also invalidate certain warranties or even insurance coverage.Therefore, if you have followed your enclosed hearing aid guide and are still experiencing problems, you must always consult your hearing specialist in the first instance. We will, however, take a look at some common hearing aid complaints below.
Hearing aids are intricate pieces of equipment. However, sometimes, things may not work according to function! With this in mind, here are a few common problems hearing aid users may face – and how you may be able to overcome them.
The volume of your earpiece will vary depending upon the brand and type of model you have purchased. However, if you are mainly finding sounds to be too loud or too quiet, you may be experiencing a blockage. This means that you should carefully clean out your hearing aids as described above.
Furthermore, these problems may also point towards a change in your hearing profile. If this is the case, an audiologist will be able to advise on any actions to be taken.
Distortion or Unwanted Noise
If you are experiencing unwanted, intrusive noise, or are experiencing distortion in the sounds you can hear, it may be time to consider changing your hearing aid battery. However, these problems may also point to defective equipment. If changing or replacing the battery doesn’t resolve the issue, consult an audiologist.
Whistling was once a common problem for hearing aid users. While modern devices have all but removed this annoying side effect, if you do still experience whistling, you may need to return to your audiologist for a better fitting.
If you are struggling to get any use from your amplification device at all, a number of factors may be at play. Once again, you may need to check how the battery is performing. Otherwise, it may be another symptom of a blockage. It may also mean that the hearing aid is completely defective, in which case, your hearing aid professional can help.
Returning to Your Audiologist
In many cases, an audiologist will readily schedule you for a check-up appointment to ensure your earpieces are still working well. If you need to book an appointment otherwise, you should always feel free to do so.
Depending upon the problems you are experiencing, you may not incur additional fees. This will depend upon the nature of your complaint, and whether or not the equipment is to blame for said problems. In any case, your audiologist or hearing specialist will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take.
It will also be the role of the audiologist to inform you of ways through which you can best take care of your hearing aids.
If you’re struggling with your new hearing aids, or need help looking after them, the team here at Best Hearing Aid will be on hand to support you. Cleaning hearing aids and storing them doesn’t need to be difficult – but we’re here to answer any questions you may have.
Whether you are a new hearing aid user or are new to digital aids, call us today. Dial (870) 331-8518 and we will be more than happy to help. You never have to go it alone!