Hearing aids, like all medical devices, need regular maintenance. Most intensive maintenance and cleaning procedures should be performed by a professional, but there are tasks you can carry out on your own. Regular, general care of your hearing aid is what is going to increase its lifespan, so it can continue to make your life easier. For a few basic tips that can help you care for your hearing aid, read on.
Over the course of the day, your hearing aid will be surrounded by dust particles and cerumen, or earwax. A buildup of this can damage your hearing aid and shorten its lifespan. At the beginning of each day, wipe your hearing aid with a dry tissue or clean cloth. Make sure the tissue does not have lotion incorporated in the material. Also, it’s best to clean your hearing aid in the morning, because it gives the cerumen a chance to dry, making it easier to remove.
You should never wear your hearing aid in the shower. Even if you don’t get any water drops in your ear, the moisture from the humidity and steam will inevitably cause damage to a hearing aid. Every night, the hearing aid should also be contained within a dehumidified container. Your hearing aid will probably be designed to ward off moisture, but it’s always a good idea to be safe.
If your hearing aid has any visible damage on the outside, it should not be used; this could potentially harm the inside of your ear canal. If a hearing aid malfunctions due to damage, it could also further your hearing loss. When your hearing aid is broken or destroyed, gather the pieces and contact your audiologist.
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