Hearing Aid Don’ts

By: mark martina

Hearing Aid Don’ts

Today’s hearing aids are very sophisticated, advanced pieces of technological equipment. As such, great care should be taken in their use. You are making an investment in something that should drastically improve your daily hearing experiences. Protect this investment. There are a few ‘don’ts’ that must always be followed! Please adhere to the following list of do nots!

• Do not get your hearing instrument wet.
o In most cases, it is unadvisable to shower, swim, or bathe while wearing your aids. While water protected hearing instruments are available, it is still not advised to submerge the aid in any unapproved liquids.
• Do not allow chemical contact.
o Aerosol chemicals (e.g., hair spray, spray deodorants, etc.) can damage your hearing instrument. Before spraying these chemicals, place your hearing instrument in a safe spot, away from contact. If using hair spray, do not put your aids back on until the spray has had time to dry.
• Do not place the instruments in areas of excessive heat.
o Extreme heat can quickly damage your hearing instrument. Never leave your aid in a hot car (especially in summer months) or in direct sunlight. If the aid becomes wet, do not microwave or place in an oven to dry. Never use a blow dryer to dry your hearing instrument. If moisture is a concern, remove the battery and place the aid in a dehumidifier, desiccant, or bag of dry rice overnight.
• Do not force the battery into position.
o Never force a battery door closed. The door should closely easily, without force. Check your battery type, size, and positioning.
• Do not drop your hearing instrument!
o When possible avoid dropping your aid on hard surfaces. Typically, soft surfaces (e.g., carpeting and plush furniture) will not damage an aid if it falls on it. Hard surfaces (e.g. floors and counter tops [hardwood, tile, porcelain, marble, granite, etc.]) are hazardous to your hearing instrument’s health! Be careful with your aid! In case of falls, provide soft surfaces when inserting and removing your hearing instrument.

If you are uncertain of proper handling, contact your hearing healthcare provider for more information! Careful handling and proper maintenance of your hearing instruments can extend the life of your equipment. Protect your investment, and avoid being without your aids while waiting on preventable repairs. Make sure you fully understand how to take care of your hearing aid!

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Mark Martina is the owner of Martina Audiology and Hearing Services, LLC. He has a master’s degree in audiology and graduated Cum Laude from the prestigious University of Buffalo Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department. Mr. Martina has been practicing audiology for 26 years. His area of specialty is in fitting and programming of advanced hearing aids as well as assistive listening systems. Mr. Martina is a state and nationally certified audiologist. budurl.com/majan2012article

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