Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Love On Your Hearing Aid

(Image from Flickr user Brandon Warren)
 If you wear a hearing aid regularly, chances are you appreciate what it does for you. I know I find it amazing that a tiny bundle of wires and computer parts actually amplifies my hearing - not to mention that it comes properly geeked out with Bluetooth accessories and matching color schemes!

So how can you show love to your hearing aid, not only today or Valentine's Day, but every day?
  • Give it a nice clean every night before bed - wipe it off with a cotton swab or a tissue.
  • Don't bring them in the bathroom with you when you take a shower or a bath; keep them away from the humidity.
  • Keep them protected and away from the pool while swimming.
  • Take them in to your audiologist for a cleaning every three to six months or so. While you're there, ask them to change out the tubing if they don't do it as part of the cleaning.
  • Check the hearing aid for wax daily and clean it out carefully - if your hearing aid manufacturer didn't give you a cleaning tool, you can try a very small wire brush, or even a thumbtack if you are careful.
  • Wash and dry your hands before you change the battery.
  • Brush any debris out of the battery door when you change the battery.
  • If you can easily remove the earmold from any electronic components in your aid, you can try soaking it in warm water with soap for a few minutes to give it a good clean.
  • Think about buying a good dehumidifier to store your aids in overnight.
  • Don't get your hair wet while wearing your hearing aids, or put any goop in your hair while they're in.

5 comments:

  1. You don need to buy a good dehumidifier. You can simply put the parts in uncooked rice, works perfect!

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  2. Anonymous - thanks for your comment. I'd never heard about uncooked rice but it does make sense since I've heard it advised for wet cellphones.

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  3. I would really like your post ,it would really explain each and every point clearly well thanks for sharing.
    Hearing aid

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  4. Thanks for your post. I really appreciate it! It clearly explains how to Love On Your Hearing Aid.
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  5. Thanks! I just read on healthyhearing.com that I should clean my mother's hearing aid more often and so these tips really help!

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