The Dos and Don’ts of Proper Hearing Aid Care
Today’s hearing aids are getting ever more reliable, durable, and simpler to use. With the guidance of a hearing aid practitioner, most people can quickly and easily get a hang of the controls and proper use of their listening devices. Properly caring for hearing aids is a little more complicated, but also something that anyone can do if they take the time to learn.
Let’s first take a look at what you shouldn’t do with your hearing aids, and then at what you can do to keep them in tip-top shape.
Don’t Expose Your Hearing Aid to Moisture, Heat, or Chemicals
Hearing aids are composed of tiny bits of circuitry, and so they need to be kept away from too much potentially damaging moisture. Remove your listening devices before hopping in the shower, going swimming, or going outside in heavy rain, and keep them in a hearing aid drying container when you’re not wearing them.
Hearing aids should be kept away from chemicals, so it is a good idea not to use hair products such as hair spray while you are wearing them. They can also be damaged if exposed to extreme heat, so never leave your hearing aids inside a hot parked car.
Cleaning and Caring for Your Hearing Aid
You should regularly clean your hearing aids with a soft cloth, and use a hearing aid sanitizing solution to remove earmolds. Check the batteries every day to make sure that they are at their full strength, and handle them with care when you do. Turn off your hearing aids when you are not using them, and perform a listening check every day.
If you find that you are experiencing feedback, then you should pay a visit to a one of the hearing aid practitioners at a Hudson’s Bay Hearing Aid Centre in Edmonton or St. Albert. You may be tempted to just turn down the volume and keep going about your day, but doing so will cut down on the quality of your hearing.
Whether you are experiencing feedback or not, you should schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners in order to make sure that your device is working as it should be and to get the necessary adjustments if it isn’t.