Congratulations, you’ve got new hearing aids and are enjoying the freedom that comes with better hearing. Now it’s time to make sure you can continue to enjoy it by keeping your hearing aids in good shape.
All you need to remember is ‘BMW’. Not the car but Batteries, Moisture and Wax.
Before we dive into these, just a quick word on types of hearing aids. The way you care for your hearing aids will vary slightly depending on the kind you have. In this blog, we’ll focus on Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids. These are worn behind your ear and are connected to an earmold, which sits within your ear canal, via a piece of tubing.
Now, let’s get back to BMW.
B is for Batteries
To make sure your hearing aid batteries last as long as possible, disengage them when you’re not using your hearing aids, for example overnight when you sleep. All you need to do is leave the battery door fully open.
M is for Moisture
Your ear canal is a warm, moist place. This means moisture can collect on the inside of the tubing that connects to your earmold. Check your tubing every day and if you spot this, unhook the tubing and use a tube blower to push the moisture out.
Another way to keep your hearing aids a moisture-free zone is to store them in a dehumidifying container.
W is for Wax
Your earmolds sit within the waxy surroundings of your ear canals. When you slip your earmold in, it can slide right into a layer of earwax. If this wax gets into the receiver, your hearing aid can stop working. Wax guards can protect your earmold receiver. They come in different styles: spring, Band-Aid or trapdoor.
You should also clean your hearing aids daily to remove any build up of wax or other debris. Use a clean, dry cloth or tissue. Avoid tissues with aloe or other lotions.
So, you’ve taken care of the batteries, moisture and wax. That’s great. Now don’t forget to have your hearing aids regularly serviced.
At Physicians Hearing Care we provide our clients with scheduled service plans. You can find out more by getting in touch with any one of our branches in East Tennessee.
Dr. Kalyn Bradford is the Director of Hearing Aid Services here at Physician’s Hearing Care. She completed her externship with Physician’s Hearing Care in 2013 and subsequently joined the practice in 2014 after graduating with her doctoral degree in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. She joined PHC as a Clinical Audiologist where she performed comprehensive audiological exams and specialized in helping patients to hear better using the latest hearing aid technology available. She has carried that experience into her current role as Director of Hearing Aid Services, where she does an excellent job managing the Audiologists to ensure that all patients are treated with the best hearing care possible.