Your hearing aids should improve your hearing right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be seriously frustrating. Here’s the good news, with regular maintenance, your hearing aids should be up to the job.
Before you do anything extreme, go through this list. If it’s not one of these ordinary problems, it might be time to schedule an appointment with us to make sure there isn’t a bigger issue. Your hearing may have changed, for instance, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.
Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries
While hearing aid batteries have gotten considerably smaller and lifespans are improving, the batteries still need to be replaced occasionally or recharged. So staying on top of charging your batteries is crucial. If it seems like the sound is fading or coming and going, check your battery first.
The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh
A battery tester is a worthwhile investment, particularly if you like to stock up. Batteries have a shelf life so the last batteries in the pack might not have the same voltage as the first few even if they stay sealed. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you open new batteries before you put them in your hearing aids. This gives the zinc time to become active, and can potentially help the batteries last longer.
Potential Pitfall: Gross Things Like Wax And Grime
Your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris no matter how clean you keep your ears and if you have difficulty hearing you’re probably more conscientious about earwax. If you’re able to hear but sounds seem distorted or a little off, dirt could be the cause.
The fix: Clean ‘em Out—And Keep Them Clean!
There are lots of products on the market specifically for cleaning hearing aids, but you can DIY it with things you already have around the house. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your cellphone or glasses, to wipe your hearing aid down after taking it apart.
Simple hygiene practices will really help with keeping your hearing aids clean. Clean and dry your hands before you take care of your hearing aids, and remove them while you’re doing anything, like washing your face, styling your hair, or even shaving, that might put them in danger of being spritzed, sprayed, or splashed.
Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture
Moisture can wreak havoc on hearing aids, and it doesn’t take very much to do so (you won’t need to be submerged, even sweating can be a problem). 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 might happen depending on how much moisture has gotten in. They might even seem to stop working.
The fix: Keep ‘em Dry
Leave the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, take the battery out. It takes almost zero effort and guarantees that air can move, and any trapped moisture can get out.
A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. The bedroom is a smart spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Storing them in the bathroom may seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will most likely want to purchase a hearing aid storage box if you live in an overly humid climate. More expensive models plug in, but less expensive options use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you buy shoes) to absorb moisture.
If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it might be time for a consultation with us.