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Hearing Aid Dos and Don’ts
If you’re a hearing aid wearer, then you know how life-changing they are! Hearing aids connect you to the world around you, and your loved ones. Among the many benefits of hearing aids, they have been found to lower the potential risk of dementia, help your interpersonal relationships, and even contribute to your earning power in the workplace. As such, they’re a great investment. And as with all electronic devices, hearing aids require daily attention and care to ensure that they perform at their best.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts for wearing and caring for your hearing aids.
Do store your hearing aids in a safe place
Hearing aids are small electronic devices, and they could pose a choking risk if they get in the wrong hands – or mouths! Make sure you store your hearing aids in a safe place, high up where children and pets cannot reach them.
Do store your hearing aids in a dry place
It may seem like a natural move to keep your hearing aids in your bathroom, so that they’re ready for you when you get up in the morning and prepare for your day. But bathrooms tend to collect moisture and humidity. This is not the best environment for your hearing aids. Instead, consider a bedside table.
Do make sure your hearing aids are working
Each morning, test out your hearing aids before putting them in. Some hearing aids play a tune when they turn on, while others you may have to test by rubbing your hands together. If your hearing aids are in working order, you’ll be able to hear the rubbing sound.
Do keep an eye on your battery
Batteries are the life source of your hearing aids. When getting ready in the morning, check your batteries to make sure they are fully powered. In the evening, before bed, open the battery door to let your hearing aids dry out. If you are not using your hearing aids, make sure that they are switched off. Remember to keep a spare set of batteries on you if you’re out for the day, just in case!
Don’t wear your hearing aids during your morning routine
Whether it is water, shaving cream, or hairspray, these materials could do serious harm to your hearing aids. When getting ready in the morning, complete your morning routine such as shaving, washing your face, showering, and styling your hair before you put in your hearing aids.
Don’t keep your hearing aids in direct sunlight or in warm places
Avoid storing your hearing aids in the car, where temperatures may rise. If you’re going swimming or hiking, try to avoid keeping your hearing aids in direct sunlight.
Don’t be shy about wearing your hearing aids
Whether you are new to hearing aids, or are a seasoned wearer, be sure to wear your hearing aids regularly! If you are new to hearing aids, your hearing specialist will recommend a schedule for you to adjust to wearing your aids. As you grow more comfortable, you’ll work your way up to several hours a day. After time, you’ll grow used to your hearing aids and they’ll become indispensable. Remember – your hearing aids help you connect to the world around you!
Don’t hesitate to call us at Hearing Aid Associates if you have questions or concerns
If your hearing aids are not functioning properly, schedule an appointment for us to take a look. Though there are simple troubleshooting steps you may take at home, keep in mind that our hearing aid specialists are trained to repair your hearing aids. If you think your hearing aids need an update, visit us for a consultation!