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4 Tips to Hearing Aid Care

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Hearing aids are truly life-changing devices, and can make all the difference to your ability to interact with the world as you always have. Given the importance of hearing aids to your life, it is natural that you are going to want to do all you can to ensure they are always in the best possible condition.

To aid you in this goal, below, you will find a list of hearing aid care tips that you may want to consider including into your usual regime. Read on to find out more...

1. Store hearing aids safely

Hearing aids are robust devices, but like most electronic equipment, they can also be sensitive to being knocked or dropped. As a result of this, it is worth investing in a specialist container to store your hearing aids in when you are not wearing them. For added benefits, opt for a container with moisture-wicking properties, so you can be sure your device is always as moisture-free as possible.

2. Change the batteries regularly

Even if your hearing aid batteries seem to be functioning well, changing them frequently is still a good idea - your hearing specialist will be able to advise you further on the preferred battery changing intervals for your chosen device.

The reason it is worth changing batteries even if they appear to be functioning well is that, if left unchecked, old and damaged batteries can actually damage your hearing aid. Trapped moisture can cause corrosion, which is incredibly difficult to restore. It is far more cost-efficient to frequently replace the batteries rather than having corrosive damage corrected with an expensive repair job.

3. Clean your hearing aids every day

A buildup of dirt or earwax can compromise your hearing aids' ability to function properly. To prevent this, opt for a daily cleaning regime using a dry, lint-free cloth. Inspect the receiver of your hearing aid under a bright light, then gently remove any dirt, debris, or earwax that is visible.

This may sound like a very simple care tip, but it is easy to overlook. This can lead to accumulation of dirt or earwax, which, left unchecked, could render your hearing aid unusable.

4. Inspect and change your wax filter

Inspecting the wax filter - which is sometimes called the wax guard - of your hearing aid frequently is another important step to protect your device. Ideally, you should inspect the filter every day for signs of buildup. Your hearing professional will usually show you how to do this when your hearing aid is fitted; if not, then it is well worth asking for specific questions.

If you notice any buildup on the filter, change the filter as quickly as possible to ensure continued usage of your device. Again, your hearing specialist should be able to show you how to do this.

When you rely on your hearing aid for a basic sense, taking steps to ensure it is able to achieve prime working order is a beneficial step. If you ensure you keep an eye on the areas above, you should be able to ensure that your hearing device is always working exactly as you need it to.