Tips For Proper Upkeep On Your Hearing Aids

By: Chris Channing...

Hearing aids are more common these days, as the younger generations are now aging and the years of stimulation music has had on the ear is now taking effect. Once you obtain your hearing aid, you will have to maintain it properly to ensure its long term health.
Cleaning is the most common form of maintenance when you obtain hearing aids. Cleaning can be done with a simple cloth for light cleaning. Heavier cleaning can be done with tools that should have come with your hearing aid. If you didn't receive such tools, using a sterilized toothbrush can help get any grit off the finer parts of the hearing aid. Take care while doing so, else damage could be done to the aid.
The majority of a hearing aid is plastic, unless of course you have an inner ear design. The plastic areas can be carefully cleaned with warm soap and a warm, wet, towel. Be careful not to brush over areas that appear to be electronic. The manual that came with the hearing aid should detail how you can clean the aid and with what solutions.
Any time you plan on being in an environment with high humidity or where water is present, you should consider taking out your hearing aids. The electronics of a hearing aid won't last long against water, as it can seep through to the circuit board and short out components. Even something such as a sauna would be a good reason to take out a hearing aid, for fear of high humidity problems.
Avoid using hair styling products while wearing an ear piece. Gel and hairspray can coat the hearing aid, which can be a threat to the health of the hearing aid and your own inner ear. Small particles such as those found in hairspray can also clog microphones that are necessary for amplifying the sounds that one hears. If you must use such products, use them first and insert the hearing aids second.
Precious electronics and devices make up your hearing aid. With a few falls to the ground, a hearing aid could become broken as a result of internal components shaking loose. Prevent this from happening by taking out your hearing aids before planned strenuous activity. Even something like mowing the lawn is an example of an activity in which taking out your hearing aids would be a good idea, considering replacing them would be costly.
Closing Comments
Hearing aid care doesn't take a lot of time. Most of your time will be spent cleaning the aids you obtained each night and morning. Hearing aids come in many shapes and sizes, so consult the manual for more information on mentioned tips.

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