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Hearing Aid Dos and Don’ts
Hearing aids are amazing, tiny tools that can be life changing for new and veteran users alike. Investing in a new pair of hearing aids can be exciting but also overwhelming for new users.
But just in case, here is a reminder list to keep handy as you wear and care for your hearing aids. Don’t forget to bookmark this page!
DO: Make sure your hearing aids work
The first most routine habit is to check that your hearing aids work properly each morning. Depending on the type of model, hearing aids may have certain functions for the user to listen to upon turning the device on. Some play a melody while some users rub their hands together to hear the rubbing sound. If you can’t hear either function clearly or at all, then bring them in to get checked by your hearing specialist.
DON’T: Forget to check your hearing aids daily!
DO: Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry and safe place.
Store these small electronic devices in a safe place out of reach from damaging elements, children and pets.
DON’T: Leave hearing aids out in direct sunlight, heat, moisture, pets and children!
Elements like sun, heat, and moisture will ensure a shortened hearing aid lifespan. Pets who like chew toys and small children like toys can definitely guarantee an abrupt end to hearing aids! We recommend not storing hearing aids in bathrooms where there’s high humidity or on car dashboards under direct sunlight and lots of heat.
DO: Keep an eye on your battery
Like many electronics, batteries are the lifeblood of fully functioning hearing aids. Along with your morning hearing aid check, make sure your batteries are at full power or if they need to be changed. Also, if you have a long day ahead of you, don’t forget to bring a spare battery set just in case!
DON’T: Forget to conserve your batteries!
When you aren’t using your hearing aid, turn your batteries off and open the battery door. This will conserve battery juice as well as dry out your hearing aids from any accumulated moisture from the day’s activities. At night, we recommend partially detaching or removing the batteries to eliminate the risk of harmful electrical malfunctions.
DON’T: Store batteries in the refrigerator.
While there is a pervasive myth that storing batteries in the refrigerator will prolong battery life, we don’t recommend this. In fact, it may even damage batteries in the long run!
DO: Be careful with hairspray and make up.
Make sure to take your hearing aids out before applying makeup and hair products.
DON’T: Wear your hearing aids during your morning routine!
Avoid water damage by taking them off prior to taking a shower, bath or washing your face. Ladies, foundation crèmes, hair sprays, mousse along with the myriad of other makeup and hair products are some of the best substances to ruin hearing aids. The debris build up will obstruct with hearing aid components and can be very difficult to clean or remove.
DO: protect your hearing aids from some certain situations and activities.
If you are an outdoor adventurist, remember to take your hearing aids out prior to engaging in activities where you may perspire more than usual or before you swim.
DON’T: Test hearing aid limits by taking them swimming, bungee jumping, etc!
While there are hearing aids built for active lifestyles, don’t push the envelope too far!
DO: Give yourself time to adjust
If you are new to hearing aids, keep in mind that it will take time to adjust to these new tools. There will be many things your brain and body will have to get used to again. Although it may be frustrating to not have immediate restored hearing abilities, start slow by wearing your hearing aids for short periods. Gradually ease your way into wearing your hearing aids for longer periods, as you grow more comfortable!
DON'T: Give up!
DO: Schedule regular follow-ups and checks with your hearing specialists at Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers
Make sure your hearing aids are professionally checked on a regular basis! Your hearing specialists here will make sure your hearing aids are working properly and make any repairs if necessary.
DON’T: Try to repair your own hearing aids!
Hearing aids are made with complex, tiny and delicate components. If your hearing aid is under warranty, it is in your best interest to have a hearing specialist who is properly trained in repairs to look at them. Don’t void your warranty by trying to repair them yourself!