If you’ve got hearing aids, you should be able to hear, right? When they aren’t working correctly, it can be downright infuriating, it’s a total “You had ONE job” scenario. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no issue doing their job if you take proper care of them.
Before you do anything extreme, look at this list. It may be time to come in and talk with us if you find it isn’t one of these ordinary problems. For instance, your hearing aids might need recalibration, or your hearing may have changed.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still need to be recharged or replaced occasionally. 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
Investing in a battery tester, especially if you like to stock up, is a worthwhile idea. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack might not have the same voltage as the first few even if you keep them sealed. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you unpack new batteries before you install them. This gives the zinc time to activate, and can potentially help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris regardless of how clean you keep your ears and if you have problems hearing you’re most likely more conscientious about earwax. If you’re able to hear but sounds seem distorted or a bit off, dirt may be the cause.
The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are plenty of products available specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with items you already have around the house. Once you’ve taken apart your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean glasses or smartphone) to wipe down the hardware.
Simple hygiene habits will really help with keeping your hearing aids clean. Wash and dry your hands before you handle your hearing aids, and take them out while you’re doing anything, such as washing up, styling your hair, or even shaving, that may put them in danger of being spritzed, sprayed, or splattered.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Even a small amount of moisture can really damage your hearing aid (you don’t need to be underwater, even sweating can be problematic). The vent in the hearing aid and the battery can even be effected by humidity in the air. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They might even seem to stop working.
The fix: Keep ‘em Dry
Be sure that when you store your hearing aids, you open the battery door; and if you’re taking them out for longer than overnight, take out the batteries completely. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to circulate with very little effort on your part.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to keep your hearing aids. Don’t store them in the kitchen or bathroom. Although the latter is convenient, the steam from a hot shower is exactly what you don’t want. If you live in a humid environment, you may want to think about investing in a hearing aid storage box. More expensive versions plug in, but less costly models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you purchase a pair of shoes) to take in moisture.
None of these are working? It may be time to consult us.