Hearing Aid Care: Do’s and Don’tsCleaning and taking good care of your hearing aid every dayis very important. The better you care for your hearingaid, the less often it will break down and need to be sent infor repair. Below is a list of things you can do every day tohelp keep your hearing aid working properly. If you everhave questions about your hearing aid, call yourAudiologist.
Carry extra batteries with you or keep themat school because you never know whenyour hearing aid battery will stop working.
Check the battery with a batterytester. If the battery is low or notworking at all, replace the old batterywith a new one right away. Leavingold batteries in the hearing aid willcause corrosion, which can causeyour hearing aid to stop working.If the light is bright red, the battery is good!If the light does not light up or dim, thebattery needs changed!
Wax Loop &Brush ToolCheck the earmold and tubing forclogging or cracks. If the earmold hasearwax or debris in it, use your waxloop tool that came with the hearingaid to gently remove the blockage.If the earmold or tubing is cracked,please tell your audiologist.
Check the hearing aid case for damagesuch as cracks, broken battery door, orexposed wires. Check buttons, dials andswitches for ease of movement orbreakage. If you notice any damage tothe hearing aid case, please tell youraudiologist.
Check for feedback (whistling). Feedback isusually caused by one of these problems:1. The connection between the hearingaid, tubing, and/or earmold may not be tight,2. The tubing or earmold may be cracked,3. Earwax is blocking the ear or hearing aid, or4. The hearing aid may not be fitting properly.Make sure the hearing aid is in the earcorrectly and it is in all the way.If feedback occurs even after all of these thingshave been checked, talk to your audiologist.
Keep your hearing aid away from heat.Exposure to high temperatures (such asin the car on a sunny day) can damagethe hearing aid circuit.
Do not get the electronic parts wet!Exposure to moisture is the number one reason forhearing aids to need repairs. Moisture problems in yourhearing aid can be caused by direct contact with water,excessive sweating, steam from a shower, high humidity,and bad weather such as rain, sleet, snow, and fog.*Clean your hearing aids as instructed. Wipe the hearing aid casewith a dry, soft cloth. When at home, detach the earmold andtubing from the earhook (the half-moon shaped plastic connectedto the hearing aid) and clean in warm, soapy water. Make sureearmolds are completely dry before re-attaching them
Turn off your hearing aid, open thebattery door when not in use. Thebatteries will last longer.If you received a drying kit when youwere first given your hearing aid, placethe hearing aids in the dry kit containerwith the battery door open, nightly. Thisallows air to circulate through thehearing aid. The drying kit drawsmoisture out of the hearing aid. Nightlydrying keeps the hearing aid in goodcondition, and it will be less likely toneed repair.
Protect your hearing aid fromshock by changing the batteryover a towel, on a table, orover a bed. This will cushionthe fall if you drop thehearing aid. It will also helpkeep your battery from flyingacross the room.
Keep hearing aid batteries awayfrom children. The batteries canlook like candy to children, butbatteries are poisonous and canbe fatal if swallowed. If you thinka child has swallowed abattery, call your local poisoncontrol center right away.
Keep hearing aids away frompets. Dogs and cats lovehearing aids and will eatthem quickly if they get achance! If your hearing aidbecomes damaged, it isimportant to collect as muchof the hearing aid as possibleand call your audiologist.
Carry a hearing aid case with you.Do not put your hearing aid in a purseor backpack unprotected because itmay become damaged. Forgottenhearing aids placed in pockets oftenget washed.
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