Much like your permed hair or suede shoes, hearing aids cannot get wet. While this may seem impossible, since your American Fork audiologist told you in order to get the most out of your hearing aid you would have to wear them all the time, it is quite easy once you know the rules.
Hearing aids are like any other electronic device: they can be easily damaged. Moisture, heat, earwax and dirt are the most common causes of this.
Routine Maintenance Procedures
Cleaning your hearing aid daily is probably the most important thing you can do to prolong the device’s life. You should use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe all surfaces. We can’t emphasize this enough – do not use water, solvents, cleaning fluids or alcohol to clean your hearing aid. Instead, opt for a soft dry cloth and a multi-use tool, which consists of a wire loop, magnet and brush. Together, you are able to remove any dust, dirt, debris or earwax from the device.
Also, make sure to apply hairspray and facial lotions before inserting your hearing aids. The same applies to showering and face washing.
Even with your best efforts, sometimes things will still go wrong with your hearing aid. Before driving all the way down to our American Fork office, try to resolve the issue at home by following these steps:
- Do you hear a whistle or feedback? Your hearing aids may be inserted improperly. Try taking them out and reinserting them to see if that solves the problem. If not, earwax may have accumulated and clogged some of the ports. Try cleaning your hearing aid thoroughly with your multi-use tool.
- Do things sound distorted or unclear? If so, your battery may be dying or the connections may be dirty. Try cleaning the battery compartment and changing the battery. Sometimes simply opening and closing the battery compartment door will fix the issue. Also, double check that your hearing aid did not accidently get switched to T-coil mode.
- Do you hear no sound at all? If so, your battery may be completely dead or debris is clogging the microphone or sound outlet. Simply replace the battery and clean the device.
If you try all these tips and your hearing aid is still not working, contact our office. We can either help you troubleshoot the problem at home or will advise you to come in to have your devices repaired.