Adjusting to life with hearing aids takes a bit of time, and it’s nerve-wracking learning to take care of your new gear. Since Medicare doesn’t cover the costs, you want to make sure your hearing aid lasts. Listed below are the top 5 issues people have with their hearing aids and how you can work to prevent these issues from happening to you.
1. Battery Life
Hearing aids require tiny batteries to operate, which meana you’ll need to be aware of your hearing aid’s battery life. To be safe, always carry extra batteries with you. You can expect to get anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks from each battery. To help them last longer, remember to switch off the devices whenever possible.
2. Moisture Concerns
Whether it’s sweat, a shower, or a rainy day, hearing aids are bound to come in contact with moisture. It’s common for people to worry that excessive moisture will damage their devices. Hearing aids are built to hold up against the elements, including moisture.
Even so, it is recommended that you take hearing aids out during a shower. Be sure to get your hearing aid fitted properly by a hearing care professional so it fits snugly.
Hearing aids can pick up on their own operating noises, usually when something is rubbed against them, and they end up amplifying the sounds they’re making, causing a high-pitched squealing sound.
Avoid turning on your hearing aid until it is in your ear. If feedback is still a concern for you, make sure to select a hearing aid that comes with a feedback elimination feature.
Helping people with limited hearing to still be able enjoy a pool day or a vacation at the beach is an issue hearing aid manufacturers are still working towards. As of now, options are limited with very few completely waterproof hearing aids on the market.
If swimming is a big part of your life, speak to a hearing health professional about some recommendations. If you’ll be around the water a lot, such as on a boating trip, consider stowing your hearing aids in a safe place.
5. Volume Control
Hearing aids used to require a lot of adjusting and many people who are new to hearing aids worry that they will have to adjust all day long and draw attention to the fact they are wearing hearing aids.
The hearing aids of today are digital and auto-adjust to your surroundings. Some hearing aids also come with a remote control, which allows for discreet volume control.
Caring for hearing aids
Maintaining your hearing aids through daily cleaning and regular service is extremely important. The environment for in-the-ear hearing aids is moist and warm. Earwax, which is a combination of salt and corrosive body acid, can accumulate in the ears and on the hearing instrument and potentially cause issues.
These conditions can be harmful to electronics. Proper hearing aid care helps retain optimum hearing conditions, extends the life of your hearing aid, and ensures healthy ear hygiene.
Tips for cleaning your hearing aids:
- It’s important to remove earwax from your hearing aid to prevent temporary malfunction or permanent damage. When you purchase your hearing aids, you should receive cleaning tools that include a soft brush and small picks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your hearing aids.
- When you remove your hearing aids at night, wipe them with a dry soft cloth. Do not use water, alcohol swabs or cleaning solvents as they can break down or damage your hearing aids.