Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

Woman’s hearing aids no longer working well and she is straining to hear.

If you’ve got hearing aids, you should capable of hearing, right? When your hearing aid fails at its one job, it can be seriously frustrating. Fortunately, your hearing aids should have no trouble doing their job if you take proper care of them.

Consider this list before you do anything hasty. It may be time to come in and see us if you find it’s not one of these ordinary issues. Your hearing may have changed, for example, or you may need a hearing aid recalibration.

Potential Pitfall: Low Batteries

Hearing aid batteries, while improving in quality, still require recharging and replacing sometimes. So staying on top of charging your batteries is important. The first thing you need to do if your hearing aid begins to fail or cut in and out is check the battery.

The fix: Keep ‘em Fresh

A battery tester is a practical investment, especially if you like to stock up. Even if you keep batteries sealed until you need to use them, always a good plan, they have a limited shelf life, and so the last batteries in that huge pack you bought months ago likely won’t hold a charge as long as the first few did. Another trick: Wait five minutes after you unpack new batteries before you install them. This can help the batteries last longer by allowing the zinc to activate.

Potential Pitfall: Grease, Grime, And Other Gross Stuff

No matter how clean you keep your ears, and if you have a tough time hearing, you’re much more likely than the average person to stay on top of earwax, your hearing aids will gather dirt and debris. You might find yourself with a dirt problem if sounds seem a little off or distorted.

The fix: Clean Them Out—And Keep Them Clean!

You can get a kit for keeping your hearing aids clean or you can use items you already have around the house to clean them. You can use a microfiber cloth, like the kind you use to clean your cellphone or glasses, to wipe your hearing aid down after taking it apart.

You can help keep your hearing aids from collecting excess grime by employing simple hygiene habits. Whenever you do something that calls for liquid or dampness, such as cleaning your face or styling your hair, take your hearing aids out and make sure your hands aren’t wet when handling them.

Potential Pitfall: Trapped Moisture

Even a small amount of moisture can really damage your hearing aid (think working up a sweat, not deep-sea diving). Even humidity in the air can be a problem, blocking up the hearing aid’s air vents or causing batteries to drain more quickly. Problems ranging from distortion to static or even crackling might happen depending on how much moisture has gotten in. They may even seem to shut down.

The fix: Keep ‘em Dry

Keep the battery door open when you store your hearing aid overnight and any longer than that, take the battery out. Any trapped moisture will be able to evaporate and air will be able to flow with very little effort on your part.

Store hearing aids in a cool, dry place. The bedroom is a practical spot, skip the kitchen or bathroom. Storing them in the bathroom may seem convenient but there’s just too much moisture. You will most likely want to get a hearing aid storage box if you live in a very humid environment. Pricier versions plug in, but less expensive models use desiccants or gels (yes, like those “throw away do not eat” packets you find in the box when you buy shoes) to take in moisture.

If you’ve tried all of these and none of them are helping then it might be time for you to give us a call.

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