Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

Your hearing aids should improve your hearing right? When your hearing aid stops doing its job, it can be really frustrating. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no trouble doing their job if you properly maintain them.

Consider this list before you do anything hasty. If it’s not one of these ordinary problems, it might be time to schedule an appointment with us to make sure there isn’t a bigger issue. Your hearing may have changed, for example, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still need to be recharged or replaced occasionally. So keeping up with charging your batteries is crucial. The first thing you should do if your hearing aid begins to falter or cut in and out is check the battery.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

A battery tester is a practical investment, especially if you like to stock up. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a smart plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that giant pack you bought months ago most likely won’t hold a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: When you unpack new batteries, wait 5 minutes before putting them in. This can help extend the battery life by allowing the zinc to become active.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re much more likely than the average individual to pay attention to earwax, your hearing aids are going to accumulate dirt and debris. If you’re able to hear but sounds seem distorted or somewhat off, dirt may be the cause.

The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!

You can get a kit for cleaning your hearing aids or you can use things you already have around the house to keep them clean. Once you’ve taken apart your hearing aids, use a soft, microfiber cloth (like you’d use to clean the screen of a computer or smartphone) to wipe down the hardware.

Simple hygiene habits will really help with keeping your hearing aids clean. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or dampness, such as washing your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make certain your hands are dry when handling them.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Even a small amount of moisture can really harm your hearing aid (you don’t need to be underwater, even sweating can be a problem). The vent in the hearing aid and the battery can even be effected by humidity in the air. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling may happen depending on how much moisture is inside. They might even appear to quit altogether.

The fix: Keep Them Dry

Keep the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, take the battery out. It takes almost no effort and guarantees that air can circulate, and any trapped moisture can get out.

A cool, dry place is the best spot to store your hearing aids. Don’t store them in the bathroom or kitchen. Keeping them in the bathroom might seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. If you live in a humid climate, you might want to think about getting a hearing aid storage box. Pricier versions plug in, but less costly models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you purchase a pair of shoes) to absorb moisture.

None of the above are working out? It might be time to speak with us.

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