It is inevitable. Getting older is a symptom of being human. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 28.8 million Americans between the ages 20-69 could benefit from a hearing aid. One out of three people between ages 65-74 have hearing loss. Sadly, hearing loss also affects children. Out of 1000 children born in the United States, 2 to 3 children are born with noticeable hearing loss. In 2016, 3.65 million hearing aids were dispersed in the US. Hearing aids can be quite pricey, ranging from $1000 to $4000, so it important to take daily care of them.
- Check the batteries: Using a battery tester, make sure the batteries still have good strength to ensure the hearingaid is working efficiently and you are getting clear sound. Batteries have a life of 1 to 2weeks.
- Moisture Problems: Don’t for to take out your hearing aid during your daily care routine, such as a shower. Itsnot the end of the line for your hearing aid if it does get wet. Just make sure to immediatelylet the hearing aid and the battery completely dry out.
- Ear Wax: Ear wax can accumulate on the speaker of hearing aid. With a wax pick or brush, carefullyand gently remove the wax. Prolonged wax build up can damage the hearing aid.
- Clean Your Hearing Aids Daily: Like anything else, dirt will build up on your hearing aid. Before you go to bed, use a softand dry cloth to clean the earmold. Also wipe down the outside of the device to remove anydirt that came from day to day activities.
- Listening Check: This task is important to make certain you are getting the most out of the hearing aid.Examine the exterior of the hearing aid to make sure nothing is broken. Then using the listening tube tool given by your audiologist, perform a listening test. Place one end of thelistening tube in your ear and the other in the earmold.
Have a question about hearing aids or need to learn more about proper maintenance and care? call the Shea Clinic today to set up an appointment with our experts. Call now locally at 901-761-9720 or toll free at 800-477-SHEA.