Hearing aids require special care to ensure that they function properly. Here are a few suggestions on how to care for your hearing aids:
Check batteries: Batteries should last about 1 or 2 weeks. Using a battery tester, check that the batteries are at full strength so that the hearing aids are working at peak performance. Always keep spare batteries with you. Store them in a cool, dry place. Discard batteries one at a time. Batteries are toxic, so handle them carefully and dispose of them properly.
Clean the hearing aids regularly with a soft, dry cloth. Check for dirt and grime. You can use a brush to clean out the wax from your hearing aids.
Minimize moisture in the hearing aids. This is important for proper function. A hearing aid drying container will help keep moisture from building up inside the hearing aids and will lengthen their life. Be sure to take the batteries out of the hearing aid before placing them in the storage containers.
Avoid feedback: Feedback is the whistling sound that can be heard from the hearing aid. It occurs when amplified sound comes out of the earmold and reenters the microphone. You should not be hearing feedback if the hearing aid is securely seated in your ear. Hearing feedback may suggest that the hearing aid is not inserted properly or that there is too much earwax in the ear canal.
Regular audiology visits are important for hearing testing, to check the performance of the hearing aid, and to make necessary adjustments, that’s why Audiology Island has a very thorough maintenance program. If a repair is needed, the doctors at Audiology Island can repair the hearing aids in our state of the art lab.