It is essential to maintain the proper functioning of hearing aids when you rely on them to communicate with people, accomplish your daily routine and participate in activities that you like. Hearing aids are built to be as durable as possible, but they are still electronic devices that are susceptible to damage from things like earwax, dirt, humidity, heat and impact, among other things. If you were to speak with an audiologist, you would learn that the following are some of the most common – and most preventable – reasons for hearing aid repairs.

Not Cleaning Them, Or Not Cleaning Them Properly

Dirt particles and moisture can cause harm to hearing aids, just as they can to other electronic devices. However, hearing aids are in close proximity to another substance that can cause difficulties if it is not kept under control: earwax. Your hearing aids may become ineffective or completely unusable if earwax gets into the tubing and receiver of your device. Cleaning your hearing aids on a daily basis is essential to ensuring that they continue to work at their optimum.

Not only is it critical to clean your hearing aids, but it is also critical to clean them appropriately. Use of cleaning products such as alcohol, which can corrode and damage the parts of a hearing aid or even water should be avoided. Wiping them down with a dry, soft cloth will suffice.

Dropping Them

Unfortunately, as many people have discovered the hard way, hearing aids are not indestructible. If they are dropped on a hard surface from a great height, they can be damaged. Keep your hearing aids on soft surfaces such as a towel or sit down when you are putting them in and taking them out to minimize the likelihood of dropping them – especially at first when you are still getting used to manipulating your hearing aids.

Not Storing Them Carefully

Damage to your hearing aids when they are not in use can be caused by a variety of factors, including what you do with them when you are not wearing them. Avoid storing your hearing aids in humid areas such as the bathroom or in heated areas such as the car. Find a cool, dry location and keep them there when they are not being used.

This will stop them from being picked up by children, knocked over or stepped on.  Also, remember to leave the battery compartment door open to allow the compartment to dry out and therefore extend the life of your batteries if possible.

Not Taking Them Out When Participating in Certain Activities

Even though you should be able to wear your hearing aids throughout practically every daily activity, there are a few activities that can be detrimental to your hearing aids, including the following:

  • Using the sauna
  • Taking a bath or shower
  • Swimming
  • Using hairsprays and other aerosols

It goes without saying that these circumstances subject your hearing aids to moisture, heat and other elements that can clog the microphone and receiver. Even waterproof hearing aids are not immune to moisture if left submerged for an extended period of time. As a best practice, take your hearing aids out of your ears before you do any of the above.

Hearing aids are built to withstand the rigors of everyday living, but they still require some care to ensure that they continue to function properly for the long term.

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