Hearing aids are complicated electronic devices. In order to keep the device in working order, proper at-home care and scheduled maintenance and programming updates at The Audiology Offices are needed.
Hearing aids are very susceptible to buildups of earwax and moisture. To combat this, the hearing aid should be cleaned daily. A wax pick or soft bristled toothbrush may be used to remove any earwax that has collected. A soft, dry cloth should be used to remove any dirt or grime from the body of the device. A mild soap solution may be used to clean the earmold portion of a behind the ear device. Alcohol-based cleaning products should never be used. The earmold must be completely dry before reattaching it to the rest of the device.
Daily Battery Check
Unlike traditional mercury batteries, hearing aid batteries contain zinc. Instead of slowly losing power, zinc batteries go from seemingly full power to dead in an instant. Because of this, the only way to make sure the batteries in the hearing aid will last the whole day is to use a battery tester. A good habit to get into is always carrying an extra set of batteries, just in case.
Before visiting the The Audiology Offices, patients should run through this list of problems and possible solutions.
Does the hearing aid seem weak? If so, make sure the hearing aid is turned on. Check the battery with a battery tester. Examine the tubing and wire (only applicable for behind the ear models) to make sure everything is connected properly. Finally, check the receiver to make sure there is no earwax blocking the opening.
Does the sound from the hearing aid seem distorted? Check the tubing for moisture or cracks and replace the battery.
Does the hearing aid squeal or whistle? If so, check to sure make the volume is not turned up too high. Confirm that the hearing aid is placed in the ear correctly.
In addition to daily cleanings, the best way to prevent a problem with the hearing aid is to schedule follow-up visits every six to twelve months. This provides the audiologist with a chance to professionally clean the device and to fine-tune and reprogram it to match the patient’s degree of hearing loss.