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Taking Care of Your Hearing Aid

Different people require different kinds of hearing aids, thanks to technology we are able to make this possible. Some hearing aids are more complex and more expensive than others, but these digital or electronic devices still require the help of an audiologist for a proper fitting. Along with the proper installation, proper care is required to extend the life of the hearing aid.

As any other investment, proper care makes your money go a long way.  According to experts in the hearing health field, proper care should be taken of the shell, the microphone and the receiver. Understanding how to store, clean and repair your hearing aid will keep it functioning as it was meant to. Firstly, when it comes to the shell, the surface needs to be kept clean.  Wax build up from the ear and debris from behind the ear usually dirties the shell, with a lack of care, your hearing aid probably wouldn’t fit properly. Avoid using water or chemical cleaner, instead use a damp cloth or tissue to wipe your hearing aid.  Some kits include a brush that can used for removing wax build-up.  Secondly, take care never to poke the port of the microphone as this is extremely delicate.  When cleaning the microphone, it should be facing the floor and clean with the brush provided.  Lastly, when cleaning the receiver , use the brush to prevent wax build up. Never use water to clean the actual hearing device and the battery, which also requires special care.

It is recommended that you consult with your audiologist should you require any further assistance on taking proper care of your hearing aid. They will gladly assist on proper care. A hearing aid drying container or a dry aid kit will help keep moisture from building up inside the hearing aids thereby prolonging their life. Battery failure is the most common reason for hearing aid failure, always keep in a dry cool place to help them last long. Moisture is caused from rain or sweat and people with high levels of physical activity are prone to moisture problems when it comes to their hearing aids. Whether from internal or external sources, moisture should be avoided at all times. Consult your audiologist for more information on dry aid kits or drying container.

The longevity of your hearing device depends on how well you take care for it.  Research has shown that the typical hearing aids gets replaces about every 5 years, however as technology advances so does the expected life span. Problem solving techniques and proper care can help extend the life of the device. By taking proper care of your hearing aid you can save time and money in the long run by avoiding serious and costly repairs.  Hearing aids improve the quality of your life, but they are worth the extra care that they require.