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Tips to Help Prevent Common Hearing Device Repairs

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Hearing aids are necessary for many people who have hearing loss, and they are an effective approach to improving their quality of life. Having to go without your hearing aids can be a major inconvenience, especially if you have grown accustomed to the numerous advantages that hearing aids give. When they need to be repaired, it can be really quite difficult. 

It is a good idea to become familiar with the most common causes of hearing aid damage in order to lessen the likelihood of having to have your hearing aids repaired.

When you use your hearing aids on a daily basis, it is easy to lose sight of how fragile these complex pieces of technology are. Hearing aids are composed of numerous components, some of which are visible while others are concealed within the hearing aid itself. Taking good care of your hearing aids using these tips will assist to lessen the likelihood of them breaking down and requiring repair. 

Handle Them with Care and Keep Them Clean

In order to properly care for your hearing aids, you will need to keep them clean and avoid exposing them to needless wear and strain. Keeping your hearing aids clean will go a long way toward ensuring that they continue to function properly. It is critical to clean out any debris or earwax from your hearing aids in order to avoid them becoming clogged and causing harm to the microphone or ports.

Cleaning your hearing aids is as simple as cleaning them over with a clean, dry cloth once a day, making sure to remove any visible debris. A wax pick is another useful item that you can use to properly remove wax build-up from your device.

Avoid Coming into Contact with Water or Moisture

Only a small number of hearing aids are built to endure being submerged in water. Using water or excessive moisture on your hearing aids can cause significant damage, resulting in the need for repair or replacement. Before taking a bath, bathing or swimming, be sure your hearing aids are completely removed. Avoiding touch with cosmetics and hairspray is also a good idea in order to prevent any spills from getting onto the hearing aids and causing problems for the wearer.

The presence of moisture can also be detrimental to hearing aids, so use caution when in the presence of steam, such as in a sauna.

When Not in Use, Store Them Somewhere Safe

When you take your hearing aids out of your ears, it is critical that you keep them properly. When you are not wearing your hearing aids, it is far more likely that they will be damaged or destroyed. They are easily knocked over, dropped or even walked on, so taking extra precautions and storing them carefully should help to limit the likelihood of their needing to be repaired.

Hearing aids are an extremely vital and significant investment in your health. It is critical to look after them properly. For additional information on how to properly manage your hearing aids and avoid repairs, speak with your audiologist today.