How to Care for Your Hearing Aid

by | Sep 25, 2018 | Physical Health + Wellness

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In a world that is so communication heavy, it is great that those who struggle to communicate effectively have the means to do so like everyone else – through using a hearing aid. If you have a hearing aid then there is only one responsibility you need to take care of on your part; look after it! Remember life before your hearing aid, picture it now, it’s likely you don’t want to go back to the days without your trusted gadget.

General Protection Methods

First and foremost, you need to begin with the general protection methods for your hearing aid and hearing health. Simply be careful when you put your hearing aid on and when you take it off. If it accidentally comes into contact with any water then make sure you dry it straight away. These are the obvious points. However, we are all guilty of disobeying them. And this relates to any piece of technology, not just a hearing aid! How many times have you picked up your laptop like it’s a soft toy worth no more than $7? Enough said.

Cleaning Your Hearing Aid

Cleaning your hearing aid is also another important point you need to turn your attention to. Not only is it crucial to clean your hearing aid to maintain its quality, but if you don’t then it will also affect your ability to hear as well as usual. Any dirt or earwax will clog up the hearing aid; if this is not removed then further damage can be caused because the electronic pars may falter. And the last thing you want to do is compromise the performance of your hearing aid. You can buy specific products for this, such as cleaning pens, nevertheless, a simple wipe will do the trick.

Hearing Aid Accessories

You need to make sure you have all of the necessary hearing aid accessories so that your gadget works properly. The most important accessory of them all is batteries, if you don’t have these then your hearing aid will not be powered. You should always have spare batteries handy just in case the ones you are using at present run out. In addition to this, you may also need to buy tubes and domes. This depends on the type of hearing aid you have, for example, a behind-the-ear hearing aid will require these. You should replace these approximately every three months in order to avoid complete wear and damage.

It is also critical to make sure you purchase the correct batteries for your hearing aid. When buying batteries for your hearing aid, one of the first things you will notice is the fact that they are all colour coded. On initial glance, you may not understand why this is the case. If you look at a lot of the websites containing hearing aid FAQs, you will see questions about this. Nevertheless, this colour system has merely been implemented to make the shopping process easier because each colour represents a different size of hearing aid battery. The sizes available are as follows; size 10, size 13, size 312, and size 675. The color coding system works as follows; yellow represents size 10 batteries, orange symbolizes that the batteries are of a size 13, brown is a representation of size 312 batteries, and blue is used to signify batteries of a size 675.

So, what type of hearing aids use what type of batteries? Essentially it all depends on the size of your hearing device. After all, the larger the battery is, the more power it holds. This means your battery will last longer without needing a replacement. Nevertheless, larger devices will obviously require a bigger amount of power to function. A size 10 battery or a size 312 battery is most suited to devices that are of a smaller size. Size 13 is then suited to those that are rather large. When it comes to high power hearing aids, the size 675 battery is used, although the use of this is rather rare in comparison to the others.

If you follow the basic guidelines outlined in this article your hearing aid should work to optimum levels at all times. All you need to do is simply be careful when using the gadget. Make sure you clean it on a regular basis. And finally, purchase the right accessories so that your hearing aid functions perfectly. If you can manage this, then you are good to go.

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