Hearing Aids And You: What You Need To Know

Hearing loss is an inevitable part of a long and well-lived life. While the prospect of getting hearing aids may not appeal to you, the reality is that at some point or other, everyone's hearing will begin to fail. So, rather than constantly straining to understand a conversation, or turning your television up to an uncomfortable volume (for the other people around you, that is), you have finally taken the leap to get yourself some hearing aids. You may think that your work stops there. You went in, got fitted and are ready to go. However, in order to ensure that your hearing aids operate correctly and effectively, you will need to make sure you follow a few important guidelines. Once you implement these in your daily life, you can rest assured that you will be hearing better than ever for many years to come.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

The first rule of thumb when it comes to hearing aids is to never get them wet. Water can wreak all kinds of havoc on the delicate mechanics of your hearing aid. For this reason, you should never wear your hearing aids when taking a bath or shower, or even when getting your hair shampooed at the salon. Even if you try not to, these are situations in which your hearing aid could easily get waterlogged.

This no water rule applies to cleaning your hearing aids too. While most people think that you need to use water to clean any- and everything, this theory does not apply to your hearing aids. If water gets inside your hearing aid, it can cause malfunction or can destroy the hearing aid entirely forcing you to purchase a new one.

Handle With Care

Hearing aids from a place like Jacobs Clinical Diagnostics may not look like much, but they are delicate and powerful pieces of machinery. Because they are so sensitive, you need to be very gentle when you handle them. This is especially important in the cleaning process.

You will want to use a soft cloth or brush to clean the hearing aids daily. if you notice earwax or other debris has clogged the sound outlet, do not try to stick any implement down into the hearing aid to remove the debris. You will likely do far more damage than good.

Instead, take your hearing aids in to your hearing specialist to assist you in this scenario. You may also ask the hearing specialist to check your ears as excess wax clogging the hearing aid could be a sign of an ear infection. 

When In Doubt, Check The Battery

If your hearing aids begin to short out suddenly or malfunction in any way, always check the battery before you try anything else. The majority of the time, any issue can be fixed just by changing the hearing aid batteries.

You should change your hearing aid batteries frequently, even when your hearing aid seems to be working fine. It is better to know that you have a fresh battery in your hearing aids then to wait until the battery dies completely. You never know where you will be when that happens, and it rarely occurs at a convenient time.

Now that you know how to properly care for your hearing aids, you are all set to go forth and interact with the world again. Your hearing aids will change your life for the better, and with proper care and maintenance will last you a long time.