Protecting Your Hearing Aid Investment
All modern hearing aids contain sensitive microelectronics. These miniature electronic components don’t react very well to exposure to moisture or wax. Over a period of time or with a thorough exposure they may well malfunction. In particular the microphone and receiver are sensitive to both wax and moisture.
Hearing Aid Clean and Care
A little time invested in taking care of your hearing aids really pays off. It’s better to take care of your hearing aids and avoid any issues than have to pay for repairs.
Protect From Moisture & Wax
Moisture in the form of sweat or condensation caused by hot or cold temperatures can affect your hearing aids, leading to corrosion and breakdown of sensitive electronics. Earwax that gets into the microphone or receiver can lead to a blockage or a failure of the part. In order to protect your hearing aid investment you should protect your hearing aids from both of them as best you can.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry
To ensure that your hearing aids keep working, it’s important for you to use a drying solution in your clean and care routine. Your hearing aids should be thoroughly dried out at least once a week. During certain times of the year or in certain climates, your hearing aids can be exposed to severe moisture. You also may be the type of person who has moist ear canals.
if this is the case, it’s best to dry your hearing aids everyday. There are many tools for drying your hearing aids. They range from simple drying kits made up of a plastic tub and a tablet to electronic drying chambers. We’d be happy to assist you in choosing the right one for you.
Avoid Contact With Hairspray, Perfume or Make-up
When spraying hair spray, perfume or using make-up powder, you generate a fine mist of product. This mist can get into components and cause problems. Remember to remove your hearing aids before using your beauty products.
Protect Your Hearing Aid From Dirt
Always make sure that your hands are clean and dry before touching your hearing aids. This is again to protect the microphone openings, which are small and can be easily blocked with dirty or oily fingers.
Protect Your Hearing Aids From Intense Heat
Try not to expose your hearing aids to intense heat, protect the devices from direct sunlight and don’t keep them near sources of heat. The plastic cases are pretty tough, but like all plastics they will melt if exposed to enough heat. DON’T dry them in the microwave!
Rub A Dub Dub, But Not in The Tub
Don’t take your hearing aids into the shower or the bath. They may end up sweet smelling and clean, but they ain’t going to work! Take them out of your ears before showering, bathing or swimming. In fact, because of the high level of humidity in most bathrooms, you shouldn’t bring your hearing aids in there.
Clean Your Hearing Aids Gently
Clean your hearing aids with a special moist cleansing wipe. There are many available that are designed especially for cleaning hearing devices. Don’t use alcohol, solvents or any other cleaning agents, which could damage the devices.
Store Your Hearing Aids in a Safe Place
If you’re not using your hearing aids for a period of time, remove the batteries and leave the battery compartment open. In high levels of humidity, store the hearing aids in a dry case. If for any reason you take your hearing aids out during the day always put the devices in the travel storage case provided. We have heard too many stories of lost hearing aids that were put in a pocket and ended up being mistakenly pulled out and discarded. Or even worse, getting washed in the washing machine because they were in the pocket of a pair of jeans.
Remember these tips and you should keep your hearing aids working for you for many years. Hearing aids occasionally break down, but more times than not it’s because of cleaning and care issues. If you have any questions give us a call at 1-440-248-4790.