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How to Increase the Life of a Hearing Aid?

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For the people that use hearing aids, they are life-changing devices. But as they are something worn each day, and you wouldn’t want to be without them for long, how can you make sure that they are properly looked after and that the life of the hearing aid is prolonged?

In general, hearing aids are not exactly cheap, with some hearing aid models costing quite a bit more than others. The price will depend on the features, the brand, and any kind of customization. Hearing aids not only provide a much better quality of life for the user, but they can make it much easier for the user to have independence and be confident with social interactions, that without hearing aids could make them feel uncomfortable without some help.

To maintain that quality of life, you need to think about taking good care of your hearing aids, though, so that they are protected, aren’t damaged, and can remain working well for as long as is needed. No matter what the type of hearing aid is or the price of it, any audiologist will tell you that the steps to take to care for it and prolong the life of it are going to be the same. 

There are some basic steps that all hearing aid users should follow so that the life of their hearing aids can be prolonged, and to keep it working well. Here are things that hearing aid users can do.

Use fresh batteries

The battery of a hearing aid is one of the essential parts of the device. Replacing the battery is going to be needed from time to time when the current ones run out. Fresh batteries will keep the hearing aids working well, and will help to prolong the life of the hearing aids. You should also make sure that the batteries are placed in the hearing aid battery compartment correctly so that they make contact. Check your batteries for any marks, damage, or erosion. Even some dirt can stop them from working as they should. 

Cleaning

One of the important tasks to do, to prolong the life of your hearing aid is to clean your hearing aids regularly. Any blocked tubes, dirt, debris, and dust on the microphone or in the battery compartment can impact how well they work and the overall performance of the hearing aid. You can get cleaning accessories that could be worth speaking to your audiologist about, just to make sure that you are using things that will actually clean and not damage the delicate and intricate parts of a hearing aid. 

Avoid moisture

Moisture is something that can be detrimental to a lot of technology, and hearing aids are no different. As a result, it is best to avoid using hearing aids where it can get wet, like swimming, working out, showering, or bathing. Water damage can stop the hearing aids working altogether, as well as causing some damage. Dry your hearing aids as soon as you can if they get wet, such as after an unexpected downpour of rain. You could also use a dehumidifier to help if they do accidentally get wet.

Store them safely

One of the key ways to prolong the life of hearing aids is to store them well. They should be kept out of reach of children or pets, for example, as small parts can break off or even be swallowed. Using a protective case can be a good idea for when they aren’t being used, to protect them from any potential damage, and avoid extremes in heat and humidity. 

Avoid hair products

When you are getting ready with hearing aids in, the things that you are using could cause some damage. So, it is recommended to prolong the life of your hearing aids, to remove them when using things like hair spray, dry shampoo, and hair creams, for example. Products like those can cause damage and block certain parts of the hearing aid, making them work less well. 

If you need help with your hearing aids or think that you may need them, then get in touch with our expert team here at HEARINC. We can offer more advice on prolonging the life of your hearing aids, as well as help you with some new ones if required. Why not give us a call today on 234-347-0155 to see what we can do for you and your hearing? It will be great to speak to you.