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Best Practices to Care for Your Hearing Aids
By 2025, it’s estimated that 900 million people on earth will have some sort of hearing impairment. Nearly a billion people, roughly one-seventh of the earth’s current population. Fortunately, as medical technology continuously advances, we’re able to treat conditions that were once not treatable.
Hearing loss is common as people age. Advances in hearing devices have helped people with hearing impairment by the millions. Even with these advances, hearing devices are sensitive bits of technology and require responsible care. We don’t want you to be replacing your hearing aids often, so we’ve collected some tips on how to care for them effectively.
Be wear-and-tear conscious
It’s easy to forget hearings aids are in your ears. They swiftly become an extension of your body such that they go neglected through damaging activities. Things like excessive heat, cold, and moisture should be avoided as much as possible, especially moisture. Electronic devices and water rarely get along.
Proper storage and upkeep
Protecting your hearing aids from the elements seems like an obvious care tip–perhaps a bit exaggerated–but it’s something that gets skipped over. Hearing aids not put in a proper case are open to microscopic dust, germs, and anything floating in the air. This invisible build up will become swiftly visible and may damage your hearing aids.
Another important upkeep note is sanitation. Keeping your ears and in-ear technology clean is important to your health (foremost) and the longevity of your hearing devices. Never clean them with water, just use a clean, dry towel or something similar. Usually when you get your hearing aids, you’ll receive a cleansing cloth designed specifically for that purpose. Don’t forget to monitor the cleanliness of your hearing aid case, too. You don’t want the “safe place” for your devices to be unsanitary.
As surely as you have them, hearing aid repairs are a fact of existence. There are a lot of instances where people try to troubleshoot and repair their own hearing aids and end up damaging them further than they were at the start. If yours stop working, bring them to a professional. You’ll save yourself time, hassle, and money.
Taking care of your hearing and your hearing aids come as a pair now, but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it quickly. If you have any questions regarding your hearing or hearing devices, consult your physician and you’ll be in great hands.