Keep Your Hearing Aids in Good Shape
Hearing aids can malfunction at any time for no apparent reason. Sometimes it seems as if hearing aids stop working the day before a family wedding or the night before you leave on a trip.
About 50% of the repairs of in-the-ear and canal hearing aids are due to earwax (cerumen). If your aid is using too many batteries, sounds weak, or has no sound at all, it may be due to earwax blocking the sound opening. There ate several things you can do to minimize this problem.
Many hearing aids have built-in wax guards. These should be replaced occasionally. If your aids don’t have a wax guard, use a wax loop or brush to remove cerumen and debris from the sound opening. Be sure not to push the wire or brush into the sound opening itself.
If wax is a frequent hearing aid problem, consider periodic removal of wax from your ear canals using an over-the-counter wax removal system. Do not use cotton swabs, as this pushes the wax further into your ear, possibly damaging your ear.
Some other tips:
- Throw away your old batteries to avoid mixing them with good ones.
- Use only high-quality batteries. They will last longer and provide a more uniform power supply.
- Store batteries at room temperature.
- Don’t use hair spray or powder with your hearing aids in place.
- Avoid excessive moisture
- Store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier container at night.
These steps will minimize hearing aid repairs and help keep your hearing aids in good working order.
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