Hearing impairment is more common than you may think. If you’re one of the many Americans who does have some level of hearing loss, you shouldn’t feel alone. It’s estimated that between two and three of every 1,000 children born in the United States have some level of detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
While hearing loss is often discovered by audiologists when an individual is quite young, you may find out about your hearing loss when you’re an adult. Or, for that matter, your hearing loss could progress from being minimal in your childhood to requiring the assistance of hearing aids when you become an adult.
If you have difficulty hearing people, you may require hearing aids. Hearing aids can be hugely beneficial, but they must be well-maintained. Let’s look into how you can best maintain your hearing aids for the long term.
1. Keep Them in A Dry, Safe Space
When you’re not wearing your hearing aids, you should store them somewhere dark, dry, and safe. The dryness is necessary because, if moisture collects in the space where you store your hearing aids, they may become slowly damaged over time. Many hearing aid repairs occur because hearing aids were not properly stored. Even if your hearing aids do not look as if they’ve been in contact with moisture, there could be internal damage to them, which is why you need to be especially careful when putting them away.
2. Keep an Eye on Kids and Pets
Children can be taught that your hearing aids are not to be tampered with, but your pets may be a bit more difficult to convince. For both, the small hearing aids may seem attractive things to play with or chew on. Not only would your hearing aids be at risk in this scenario, but you may also have to worry about your child or pets choking. You may want to buy a child-safe container to lock your hearing aids within.
3. Clean Them Carefully
Some hearing aid repairs occur simply because the hearing aids are dirty and have suffered from build-up debris like ear wax and dust. That’s why you should use a soft cloth to carefully clean your hearing aids, especially around their battery contacts. Be gentle. You don’t want to inadvertently damage these delicate devices. You should also change out filters and wax guards, as these can accidentally interfere with sound quality if they become clogged.
4. Don’t Wear Them While in Contact With Water
This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people risk wearing their hearing aids while swimming because they don’t want to be inconvenienced. You may be able to justify this by saying that you’ll keep your head out of the water and ensure that the hearing aids won’t get wet, but this will only have you paying for expensive hearing aid repairs down the road.
Hearing aids are extremely beneficial to those who are hearing impaired, but they also come with a lot of responsibility. Make sure you’re doing everything that you can to keep them as long-lasting as possible.