Your hearing aid is a sophisticated piece of technology that helps you hear and fully connect with the world around you again.
When you find the one that is best suited to your needs and budget, it becomes like an extension of your body. But it’s important to remember that these devices contain complex circuitry in a small plastic shell, and they require care and maintenance to reduce the chance of malfunctions.
Here are three tips to help you extend the life of your hearing aid.
Some of the products that we use on a daily basis, such as hairspray, perfume, certain cosmetic products and spray-on deodorants and antiperspirants, can cause serious damage to hearing aids due to moisture and chemicals.
If your hearing aid comes in contact with one of these liquids—or water—you should dry it immediately with a towel. Do not attempt to dry it with a hair dryer or similar device, as the heat can also damage the hearing aid.
Debris can decrease performance
Makeup products such as eye shadow, blush and powder produce airborne particles that can build up in your hearing aid over time and damage the internal parts.
This is why it’s essential to take the time to clean your hearing aid frequently—preferably each day that you wear it. You can use a dry cotton swab or soft toothbrush to gently remove any debris that may be on the device. Remember to clean both the receiver and microphone.
Your hearing healthcare professional will also give you instructions on how to clean and care for your hearing aid.
Handle with care
Today’s hearing aids are more durable than their predecessors, but they still need to be handled with care. Always remove your hearing aids before applying cosmetics and other products mentioned here, and allow time for the product to dry.
Then, just remember to wash your hands and make sure that they are clean before handling your hearing aids again.
Schedule regular cleanings with a professional
The same general principle that applies to caring for your teeth and gums also applies to caring for your hearing aid.
Daily brushing and flossing at home plays a crucial role in maintaining your oral health, but you also book regular appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings. When it comes to your hearing aid, you want to store it in a safe, dry place, handle it with care and clean it regularly to prevent any damage, but you should also schedule professional cleanings.
Try to schedule a clean and check appointment with your local hearing healthcare professional every four to six months—or right away if your hearing aid appears to be damaged or malfunctioning.
Clarico Hearing offers the full spectrum of services, from the initial consultation to hearing aid fittings, repairs and maintenance. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.