Hearing Aid Dos and Don’ts
Hearing aids are an amazing little device of technology. The fact that all of that technology is packed into such a small package, usually no bigger than one’s thumbnail, is truly an amazing feat. However, when it comes to these little devices there are dos and don’ts in regards to the care and use of them that every hearing aid wearer should know.
- Do wear as much as possible. Yes, it can be a bit uncomfortable to wear a hearing aid to begin with, but just like anything else in one’s life, it takes a bit to get used to so try to wear it as much as possible in the beginning to get used to it. Also, a hearing aid does no one any good if it sits in your bedside table drawer. You got your hearing aids to hear the world around you so wear them as much as possible. Besides, the technology in hearing aids today make them much more comfortable to use and hear with.
- Do clean your hearing aids daily. It is important to clean and care for your hearing aids daily; after every use. This will help to ensure the longevity of your hearing aids as well as helping to keep your ears clean. Be sure to go over proper cleaning and care techniques with your audiologist; you can also check the manufacturers care guide on tips and tricks for hearing aid care and cleaning techniques.
- Do check in with your audiologist regularly. It is important to check in with your audiologist regularly to check and ensure your hearing aids are working properly. It is just like getting your oil changed and your car checked out every few months to keep it running smoothly. This will not only help you but also your audiologist to keep tabs on your hearing aids and any and all changes that are needed or have been done to them over the lifetime of your hearing aids.
- Don’t wear your hearing aids in the shower. Yes, of course, you should wear your hearing aids at all times, however, just like most other electronic water can kill them. This includes the shower, swimming pool, hot tub, lake, rain or snow and even sweat from working out. It is important to keep them safe and in a dry place to ensure no water or moisture will get into them.
- Don’t leave your hearing aids lying around unattended. Taking your hearing aids out for just a minute and leaving them on the kitchen counter can spell disaster. All it takes is one miscalculated movement and forgetting where you put them down and down the drain, they go or into the toilet or oops you step on them as you knock them off the counter and onto the floor. Because they are so small your hearing aids can easily be forgotten about and could end up in harms away. The best practice here is to put them in a safe place, such as the case you were given upon purchase of your hearing aids from the manufacturer. Remember all it takes is one wrong move and it is game over for your hearing aids.
Talk to your audiologist about the proper ways to care for and maintain your hearing aids. Understanding the dos and don’ts will help you take care of your hearing aids, which in turn, will keep them operating in optimal shape!