With approximately 15% of Americans over the age of 18 already reporting some hearing loss, many of us could need a hearing aid at some time. Hearing aids require maintenance to keep them working properly. Thing is, hearing aids are small and complicated devices. They can be tricky to deal with, so here are some key points to keep in mind.
Firstly, if you’re having hearing aid problems, make sure you always check your battery. Typically this is a likely cause of your problems, and is an easy fix. Change the battery out and you’ve saved time visiting a professional, and money.
Secondly, make sure you keep your hearing aids clear. These are delicate electronic devices and any type of build-up, whether it’s earwax or dirt, can cause problems. Even a small amount of any foreign substance getting inside the electronics can affect how well the unit works.
Another point is to make sure you get regular checks. It isn’t nice to pay for these appointments and for most people Medicare doesn’t cover testing, but the cost is usually worth it as long as you don’t go too often. Your hearing can change for the better or worse and a good professional will keep your hearing aids at a level where they can be of most benefit to you. This also helps prevent more hearing loss and can sometimes bring improved hearing too.
Finally, a dehumidifier can be a great tool for hearing aid maintenance. Sometimes just a small moisture build up in the device will alter the performance. A dehumidifier can usually help with clearing this out and bringing the device back to its’ normal operating capability.
Let me start with the biggest mistake you could make – don’t take your hearing aid apart! When you own a unit with the latest technology in hearing aid devices, why would you risk ruining it up by taking it apart?
All of the various parts of a hearing aid are connected and delicately balanced. Only a trained professional should ever be taking these apart or tinkering with the insides or settings of the unit.
A second point is try your best not to get your hearing aids wet. While they might be water resistant, there are no truly waterproof hearing aids on the market (at the moment). Water getting in is a big problem for intricate electronics, so try to avoid the situation when possible.
Also don’t ignore the problem! If you notice any change in performance, you must get the hearing aids checked – otherwise you might place your hearing levels at further risk!
Finally, don’t stop wearing them as long as they’re still functional. Hearing aids maintain a decent level of hearing and can help to prevent dangerous situations, which you might not be aware of if you are no longer using the aids!
Other Maintenance Points
Hearing aids aren’t difficult to look after if you’re smart about it. Maintain them well and keep them clean, check regularly for damage or wear and keep ahead of the situation. This way you won’t end up with the hassle of sudden hearing loss and a need to repair, potentially at a bad time!