Your hearing aids should help you hear better right? When your hearing aid fails at its one job, it can be extremely frustrating. Here’s the good news, with regular upkeep, your hearing aids should continue to function efficiently.
Consider this list before you do anything hasty. If it’s not one of these ordinary problems, it might be time to pay us a visit to ensure there isn’t a larger problem. For example, your hearing aids might need recalibration, or your hearing may have changed.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are getting better, the batteries still have to be replaced occasionally or recharged. That means that it’s important to keep up with your hearing aids’ batteries. If it seems as if the sound is fading or cutting in and out, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
A battery tester is a worthwhile investment, especially if you like to stock up. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a smart plan, 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 gives the zinc time to activate, and can possibly help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff
Your hearing aids will collect debris and dirt regardless of how clean you keep your ears and if you have problems hearing you’re most likely more conscientious about earwax. If you can hear but sounds seem distorted or a bit off, dirt might be the cause.
The fix: Clean ‘em 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 taking it apart.
Simple hygiene habits will go a long way to keeping your hearing aids clean. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or moisture, like cleaning your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make sure your hands are dry when handling them.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (you don’t need to be underwater, even sweating can be problematic). Even humidity in the air can be an issue, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or draining faster. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture has gotten in. They might even seem to quit altogether.
The fix: Keep Them Dry
Leave the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, remove the battery. It takes almost no effort and ensures that air can move, and any trapped moisture can get out.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to keep your hearing aids. Don’t store them in the kitchen or bathroom. Storing them in the bathroom might seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will likely want to purchase a hearing aid storage box if you live in a very humid environment. Most versions use a desiccant in the form of a small moisture absorbing packet, but some more costly models remove moisture with electronics.
None of these are working out? It might be time to talk to us.