Dos and Don'ts of Hearing Aid Care
Hearing aids are truly revolutionary devices that offer myriad benefits to the users, but they also require specialized and dedicated care. If misused, hearing aids can develop faults, which often require costly repairs to resolve, so it’s important to try and ensure that your device is always cared for in the best way possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should allow you to achieve just that.
DO take your hearing aids out when you sleep
Even if you can comfortably wear your hearing aids while sleeping, it is inadvisable to leave the device in place overnight. It’s all too easy for your hearing aid to become dislodged as you turn over during the night, which can lead to it becoming entangled in the sheets and thus being damaged.
DON’T clean your hearing aids with a wet cloth
All hearing aid wearers should clean their device regularly, especially any part of the device that is exposed directly to the ear canal. However, it’s important to only ever clean your hearing aid with a dry and lint-free cloth. Even the most modern hearing aids are incredibly susceptible to moisture, so avoid using any kind of water or cleaning fluids when going through your usual cleaning regime.
DO seek assistance for repairs
If your hearing aid is damaged or not working correctly, the most you should do to ascertain the fault is visually inspect it – avoid any kind of inspection that involves opening or unscrewing specific areas of the device. Hearing aids are very small and delicate, so attempting a DIY repair is likely to do more harm than good. If you do notice a fault, inspect to see if there is any obvious cause; if there isn’t, then take your hearing aid to an audiologist for further examination.
DON’T use your hearing aid when styling your hair
Most hearing aid users are well aware of the need to remove their hearing aids when they will be showering or bathing, due to the moisture risk, but the risk of hair styling is far less well known. It’s important to remove your hearing aids when you are styling your hair for a variety of reasons; for example, hairspray and heat from a hair dryer can damage the device, so it’s best to ensure your hair is dry and completely styled before inserting your hearing aids.
DO store your hearing aids correctly
Ideally, your hearing aids should be stored in a box that is specifically designed for that purpose: dehumidifier boxes and moisture-wicking jars are usually the best choices. These storage methods not only ensure that your hearing aids are protected when not being worn; they also help to remove any moisture that may have accidentally fallen onto the hearing aid during the day.
Even with the best care, there is always a chance that your hearing aids will develop a fault. If you suspect something is amiss with your device, then speak to your audiologist for further guidance as soon as possible.