How Do You Properly Maintain A Hearing Aid?

Having a hearing aid means you have a medical device that you rely on daily to help you hear, and there is no doubt that this device is highly valuable to you. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not take good care of their hearing aids simply because they do not know the proper care and maintenance tips they should be following. Not properly maintaining your hearing aid can cause problems with functionality, so it is best that you do give the device a little care and attention regularly. Here is a look at some of the easy ways to care for your hearing aid. 

Check the batteries regularly. 

All hearing aids have batteries that allow them to function, and these batteries do need to be checked and changed frequently. Your battery should stay powered for several days or longer, but do not leave the batteries inside of your hearing aid for long spans of time without changing it. Open up the battery compartment regularly and visually inspect the batteries inside for signs of corrosion or moisture. Make sure you do have a spare set of batteries on hand to change them frequently. Never try to use old batteries in your hearing aid that no longer work and be careful about using mismatched brands.

Store your hearing aid in a dry place. 

If you are like most people, you will only take out your hearing aid when you bathe or go to sleep. When your hearing aid is taken out, it is best to keep it in the case that was given to you by the audiologist when you got the aid because this case will keep the hearing aid dry. If you no longer have a case, invest in a small container with an air-tight lid to hold the hearing aid when it is not in use. You do not want moisture from a shower or the weather causing problems.

Clean your hearing aid regularly. 

Every day when you take out your hearing aid, use a soft cotton cloth to wipe it down and a small brush or cotton swab to clean any cracks and crevices. The device will naturally accumulate wax and dirt from being in your ear, and if you do not clean this off daily, it can build up and cause problems with functionality. Some hearing aids will even come with a small tool that you can use to clean them.

Contact a company, like Pacific Hearing Care, for more help.