Around 2 million people benefit from using hearing aids.
Hearing aids are wonderful tools that can amplify the amazing sounds all around you—so you never have to truly feel the challenges associated with hearing loss.
You won’t struggle to hear and communicate with your loved ones either.
However, these small pieces of technology can, unfortunately, get lost and broken fairly easily.
If you are a first time user, here is what you need to know about preventing loss and damaging your hearing aids.
How do most people lose their hearing aids?
Certain kinds of hearing aids are more expensive than others, but regardless, you don’t want to lose them. Replacing a pair can be a hassle, so its best to knock these bad habits.
Falling asleep with them in
Sometimes you’re nodding off in front of the television, and you just can’t help it. However, this is a bad habit to have, so try to nip it in the bud. The battery can dislodge and roll into the floor, potentially rendering your current pair useless.
Taking them out in public
Though you should take the hearing aids out before bed and while you’re napping on the couch, taking them out when you’re in public isn’t the best idea. Hearing aids are small and can easily roll onto the floor at a restaurant, or fall out of your pocket while you’re running around doing errands. Leave them in until you get home. Or ask someone you trust to hold onto them for you.
Don’t keep their case with them
If you must take them out, store them somewhere they’ll be safe.
The handy portable case was made to make carrying and storing the hearing aids as convenient as can be.
If you know you’ll be out of the house all day, bring your case with you so you won’t have to worry about losing your pair of hearing aids.
A portable case also keeps them clean and safe from damage.
To prevent severe damage to your hearing aids, follow some of these guidelines:
- keep them clean and wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe every so often
- do not swim with your pair of hearing aids in
- change the wax filter regularly, have someone remind you or set a reminder on your phone or calender
- Remove them when blow drying, straightening, and curling your hair—the heat can cause irreversible damage
- store them away from children
- keep the hearing aids away from animals
Hearing Aid Repair
However, accidents aren’t completely avoidable. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, accidents happen. Although you may struggle to hear for the next few days—you can repair the damage.
If you suspect your hearing aid is broken, here’s exactly what you should do.
First, try replacing the battery.
If the hearing aid still won’t work, try replacing the wax filter.
Lastly, if this isn’t just wax build up or a tiny malfunction, you may need to call your doctor and ask about replacing your device.
Losing or damaging your hearing aids can put your entire day—or even your entire week—on hold.
Most people lose their hearing aids by falling asleep with them in, or completely forgetting about them. Damage is also a high possibility, if you are not properly maintaining the device.
By following these guidelines, you’ll save yourself from some time and the hassle of having to replace or repair your hearing aid.