Preventing Hearing Aid Malfunctions
A malfunctioning hearing aid can be a frightening and anxiety-inducing experience for anyone who relies on the device to hear better. While hearing aids don’t often malfunction, they are at risk for developing issues. After all, hearing aids are sensitive and highly technical devices that sit inside a very hostile environment day in and day out. In fact, certain elements that your hearing aids are subject to, such as moisture, dirt, earwax buildup and heat can wreak havoc on the devices. However, simple preventive measures can help you avoid costly hearing aid repairs.
Clean hearing aids daily
The easiest way to prevent issues with your hearing aids is to clean them daily. Check for dirt and grime, which can cause static or feedback. Avoid dirt build up from clogging the microphone and sound ports of your hearing aids, by cleaning your hearing aids with tools, such as a hearing aid cleaning brush, an ear hook, wax pick or wire loop or a multitool.
Clean out excess earwax
Do you produce excess earwax? If you find that, even with daily ear cleaning, you produce excess earwax, consider using at-home earwax removal kits. These kits contain over-the-counter softening drops that are placed inside the ears. After about five minutes, the earwax is softened and will drain from the ear canal.
Last, minimize moisture in your hearing aids by placing them in your storage container in a cool, dry place. If they have been subject to moisture or high humidity, consider placing them in a dehumidifier at night. For many individuals who live in humid environments, a dehumidifier is a must-have tool. It is an inexpensive dry container that keeps moisture from building up inside the hearing aids. Other tools, such as a forced air blower, can be used to help remove excess moisture from earmolds.
Most audiologists like to see their patients at least twice a year. These appointments are opportunities to check in with you, revisit your hearing loss diagnosis and make sure your hearing aids are working properly. While these appointments are typically planned ahead of time, don’t hesitate to call your audiologist if your hearing aids are causing feedback or static even with daily maintenance.