If you’ve got hearing aids, you should be capable of hearing, right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be seriously frustrating. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no problem doing their job if you properly maintain them.
Go through this list before you do anything hasty. It may be time to come in and see us if you find it isn’t one of these ordinary problems. For example, your hearing aids might need recalibration, or your hearing could have changed.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are improving, the batteries still have to be occasionally replaced or recharged. That means that it’s essential to keep up with your hearing aids’ batteries. If it seems like the sound is fading or cutting in and out, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
Investing in a battery tester, particularly if you like to stock up, is a worthwhile idea. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a good idea, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that huge pack you purchased months ago most likely won’t last as long as the first few did. Another trick: When you unpack new batteries, wait 5 minutes before putting them in. This can help the batteries last longer by allowing the zinc to become active.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have difficulty hearing, you’re much more likely than the average individual to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids will gather debris and dirt. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or slightly off, dirt may be the cause.
The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are lots of products available specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with things you already have around the house. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your cellphone or glasses, to wipe your hearing aid down after disassembling it.
You can help stop your hearing aids from collecting excess filth by practicing simple hygiene habits. Clean and dry your hands before you take care of your hearing aids, and remove them while you’re doing things, such as washing up, styling your hair, or even shaving, that might put them in danger of being spritzed, sprayed, or splashed.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take much to do so (you don’t need to be submerged, even a sweat can be problematic). The vent in the hearing aid and the battery can even be impacted by humidity in the air. Depending on how much moisture’s entered, you may experience issues from sound distortion to static, to crackling. They might even seem to shut down.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Make sure that when you store your hearing aids, the battery door is open; and if you’re taking them out for longer than 24 hours, take out the batteries completely. It takes almost zero effort and guarantees that air can move, and any captured moisture can escape.
Store hearing aids in a cool, dry spot. Don’t keep them in the kitchen or bathroom. Although the latter is convenient, the moisture from a hot shower is specifically what you don’t want. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to think about purchasing a hearing aid storage box. Most models use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more expensive versions remove moisture with electronics.
None of these are working out? It may be time to talk to us.