Maintaining your hearing aids is quite simple. Your hearing aids will last longer if you take care of them properly, reducing the need for repairs.
- Fundamentals of Hearing Aid Care
- Moving Components in Your Hearing Aids:
Your hearing aids’ battery doors are opened and closed every day. You must open the battery doors while not using your hearing aids. Dirt and grime can accumulate around the battery doors’ edges due to the oils on your skin. To clean the area around the battery doors’ edges, use the brush your hearing aid professional provided.
Even more frequently than your battery doors are utilized are the volume settings on hearing aid in Fresno. The oils on the skin also contribute to the accumulation of dirt and filth. The volume control eventually fails due to the filth and dust that accumulates on top of the volume control and beneath the volume wheel. Use the brush your hearing aid specialist gave you to stop this from happening again. Make sure to use the brush to remove as much debris beneath the volume wheel as possible. Brush clockwise and counterclockwise so the volume wheel will turn as you clean it.
Some hearing aids feature telephone switches, while older hearing aids could have noise-canceling switches (which were pretty useless; thus, only old hearing aid have them). The same issue with skin oil and dirt accumulating on the switch is present in this instance. So, clean the hearing aids with your brush while the switch is in either position.
Check the telephone switch to ensure it’s not switched to the telephone if one of your hearing aids is buzzing and you can’t hear any amplification.
In place of toggle switches, hearing aids now have more memory buttons. Some hearing aids can use up to five memories for varied environments. As many patients were perplexed by these possibilities, I never cared for them. Most patients also settled on one recollection that they thought was compelling and stuck with it. However, multi-memory hearing aids slow down the process of actually adjusting the hearing aids’ ability to amplify sound and speech properly. How would you feel if, in the same noisy environment, even one out of every two times, your “normal” hearing produced a different sound for you? It would be difficult to adapt to, wouldn’t it?
But care is at issue here. Because of the oils on your skin and the filth that collects on the memory button, which eventually seeps into the circuitry, uses your brush on the memory button once more. Although toggle switches fail more frequently than memory buttons, certain repairs can be avoided with appropriate maintenance.
Any electronic device is susceptible to moisture. Imagine expecting your television to work flawlessly without professional care while it is kept in a salt-water and ear-wax-filled environment. Up to 16 hours a day, your hearing aids are used in that same environment. Using a moisture-proof box to keep hearing aids overnight will help reduce moisture-related issues.
It may be a moisture issue if one or both of your hearing aids is intermittent—that is, if it goes off and on by itself and the issue seems to go away when you let it sit outside your ear for a while. It may even shut off again after being inside your ear.
For drying purposes, DO NOT microwave your hearing aids. Yes, this has been tried by others. Your hearing aids’ electronics will burn up in the microwave.
Microphones are tiny devices. They can be seen on the faceplates of hearing aids. Placed in your ears, the side that faces out. Your hearing aids have microscopic holes that you can see. There will either be a single hole or two. Sometimes a mic intake screen is placed over the microphone to help capture dust thrown through the air. The screens include microscopic pores that allow sound, but the holes can become clogged with debris.
Brush the microphones with your brush, but avoid forcing the brush into the holes where the microphones are positioned. With hearing aids in your ears, avoid spraying hairspray. You could even wait for any remaining hairspray moisture to evaporate from your hair.
Sound exits from your hearing aids and enters your ears through sound tubes. The most common causes of sounds tubes clogging on hearing aids are earwax and dry skin. The cerumen gland naturally points outward toward your ear and is designed to create ear wax. This allows the ear wax to flow out and reduces the risk of impaction. Sounds must enter. Ear wax needs to be removed. Identify the issue.
Some hearing aids include various kinds of wax guard covers. Some of these are malleable with time. Change the wax guard if you know your battery is fine, but you get little or no volume. Use the wire end of your brush or the wired cleaning tool that came with your hearing aids to gently clean the wax out of the end of the hearing aid where the sound comes out if you don’t have wax protection. Your ear is entered through this end.
Hearing aids that have comfort tips that prevent feedback or whistling can be replaced by simply removing them and snapping new ones on. Then, run a small wire or needle through the horizontal red or blue hole on the right or left side of the hearing aids, depending on which direction the sound comes out. Any wax that the comfort tip missed should be removed by doing this.
Your hearing aids are composed of a specific hypo-allergenic material on the outside that is less prone to produce an allergic reaction. Contact your hearing instrument specialist and stop wearing your hearing aids if your ears get red and extremely dry after usage or red and moist after use anywhere the hearing aid is touching. This is relatively uncommon. Maintaining the cleanliness of the hearing aids is the key priority. Although there are cleaning products available, most of the time, a tissue to dry your hearing aids and wipe them off will do.
Although it may seem like a lot of work, many different scenarios have been handled here. Remember to do the essential maintenance and keep your hearing aids dry.