Hearing aids technology is capable of improving your quality of life by virtue of making you hear more clearly. Many hearing-impaired people shy away from social environments because they are embarrassed about their hearing loss. You can look forward to a complete hearing test when you are seen by a licensed audiologist. The hearing test determines the degree of hearing loss you suffer from. It is from this test that the audiologist precisely prepares a hearing aid that suits your specific hearing loss. Be aware that you must maintain regular at-home cleaning of your hearing aid for the device to work in an effective manner.
Fitting The Device
You will go in for another audiology office visit once your programmed hearing aid is ready for a fitting. During this visit, the audiologist will give you written instructions about the at-home maintenance cleaning of your hearing aid device. Fully understand that proper cleaning of the hearing aid guarantees the device's effectiveness over time.
Learning How To Clean the Device
The hearing aid will be in a case that also contains a cleaning tool. The tool has a wire at one end and a brush at the other end. What you have to do is brush the tip of your device. That part goes into your ear. You'll also notice that there is a microphone on the body of the hearing aid, which is located near or lying under the base of tubing. When you brush those two areas of the hearing aid every day, you'll be getting rid of earwax buildup, oil from your hair, and dirt and other debris that collects on the device. The debris can negatively impact your hearing by producing muffled and whistling noise sounds.
Clean Hearing Aid Tubes
Don't forget to also clean the device's tubes. Do that by inserting the wire end of the cleaning tool through the tube until it emerges out of the tip at the other end. Wipe off the debris you just lifted before you pull it back through the tube. Repeat that cleaning until the tube is totally clean.
Replace Batteries At Quarterly Periods
Make a habit of replacing your device's batteries. Do that every three months. If the sound you are receiving is low, in most cases that can be attributed to low battery performance. Other distorted sounds may be as a result of the improper insertion of the hearing aid in your ear. Wax and other debris contribute to hearing distortion, too.
Protecting Your Hearing Aid
There are things you can do to protect your hearing aid. Store it in a cool but dry place while leaving the battery compartment in an open position. Take off the hearing aid before showering. Handle it with care so that it doesn't fall to the floor where there is a chance you could also step on it.
Bring your hearing aid into an audiologist for hearing aid maintenance if you notice any problems with it that you can't solve with the above tips.