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How to Prevent Physical Hearing Aid Damages

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Hearing aids are an excellent communication booster that helps people experiencing hearing loss. They allow individuals to carry out their daily routines and participate in social activities, plus they ensure people enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence.

While hearing aids are designed to work in the most demanding environments, they still require periodic maintenance.

Without it, hearing aids can get damaged and not function efficiently. Plus, if your hearing aids get damaged, you may need help from a hearing instrument specialist (HIS). The following tips will help you either repair or replace your hearing aids:

Clean Your Hearing Aids as Directed

There will be times where you need to clean your hearing aids. For example, it’s been a while since you’ve last cleaned them, or you’ve been to a particularly dusty or dirty environment.

When you first visited your hearing instrument specialist to get your hearing aids, they will have undoubtedly given you some detailed instructions on cleaning your hearing aids. The procedure will differ, depend on whether you have in-the-ear, behind-the-ear and in-the-canal hearing aids.

Make sure that you only clean your hearing aids as directed by your hearing instrument specialist. That means don’t use any chemicals or even tools you have around your home that could cause physical damage to your hearing aids.

Try Not to Drop Them

As you will have noticed, hearing aids are very small devices. They don’t get made of anything that makes them indestructible, so if you accidentally drop them on a hard floor, for example, you will likely cause permanent damage to them.

One of the top reasons for hearing aid repairs is to fix problems caused by accidental drops. Therefore, it makes sense to handle them carefully when you remove them or place them in your ears.

Make Sure You Store Them Correctly

There will be times where you need to remove your hearing aids and store them for a length of time, such as when you go to bed or if you’re about to have a shower or go swimming. Did you know that incorrect storage is one of the leading reasons for hearing aid damage? You should have somewhere dedicated to storing your hearing aids, such as a clean surface in your bedroom or a container. If you keep your hearing aids in different places, make sure you avoid locations that are wet or in potentially hot places, like the inside of a car.

Another pro storage tip to keep in mind, and one that any hearing instrument specialist will recommend, is that you should leave the battery doors open on your hearing aids. That way, any dampness will dry out, and you’ll prolong the life of your hearing aid batteries.

Remove Your Hearing Aids in Certain Situations

One final tip to remember is that you should always remove your hearing aids in specific scenarios. You already know that you need to take them out if you’re going to bed or having a shower, bath or swimming.

Other scenarios include visiting a sauna and applying hairspray products or blow-drying your hair.

By following the tips and advice in this post, you'll learn to give your hearing aids the best care possible and prolong their lives. If you're in need of professional hearing aid repairs, give Professional Hearing Aid Service a call today at (202) 688-3344!