Hearing aids are sophisticated electronic devices comprised of several small, delicate components. Like all modern devices, they need to be appropriately maintained. When things go wrong with a hearing aid, patients need a backup plan. With the help of Nanci Campbell, AuD, patients are provided with the necessary information to manage hearing aids. As an essential part of hearing health, the devices need proper care to maintain top functionality.
How to take care of hearing aids
A detailed weekly cleaning will go a long way in extending the life of a hearing aid. This gets rid of wax and other debris that may have built up around the device. However, you should also wipe them off with a dry cloth and/or hearing aid wipes every night after wearing them to help remove any excess earwax When hearing aids are not in use, keep them out of direct sunlight and away from water. Even if the device is water-resistant, there is still a chance of damage if it is exposed to too much water. Keeping the device on the charger or in a case is always a wise decision. It’s not just about keeping it away from physical damage, but about preventing hearing aids from getting lost.
What causes hearing devices to malfunction?
Hearing aids break down for multiple reasons. When earwax or dirt gets into the tubing of the device, sound clarity and functions take a significant hit. When not cleaned for extended periods of time, the damage becomes irreversible. The point of no return for a complete breakdown is different for every hearing aid. Other causes of malfunction are less likely, but still pose a different set of problems. Forcing the wrong batteries into the device can cause physical damage that will break a hearing aid. At the very least, not maintaining the device will cause malfunction of all the vital processes.
A simple cleaning can remedy the most common problems with hearing aids. This is the recommended step provided by audiologists when explaining the maintenance of a new hearing device. You should avoid home repairs that go beyond a cleaning, as this can cause more problems than the original issue if not appropriately addressed. Onsite and manufacturer repairs take care of more complex issues. Depending on the damage, some onsite repairs are handled within the same day. Proper maintenance and care can prevent users from having to give up their device.