Posted on: 1 March 2016
Problems with your hearing aids can be worrisome, especially if you are new to wearing the devices. However, it's important to know that you can take care of minor problems you might experience if you are aware of the things that could affect their functionality. Here are a couple of things that could cause your hearing aids to work improperly.
Your hearing aids are just like other electronic devices; water can cause big problems if you aren't careful. You may have been told by your audiologist that you shouldn't wear your hearing devices while taking a shower or going in the pool, and that is the reason. You might not think that sweating during a workout can affect your devices, but it's a good idea to purchase nylon sleeves to keep sweat out of the interior tubing of your hearing aids.
Condensation and moisture can also cause trouble for your hearing devices. You might not wear your aids when taking showers, but if you leave them on the side of the sink while you are in the shower, condensation can happen inside the tubing, which can cause the device to sound crackly or stop working.
To ensure that your hearing devices stay dry, consider getting a dehumidifying cannister that will take the moisture out of the hearing aids. That way, you can store your devices overnight in the cannister and be sure that there isn't any moisture in them in the morning.
If you notice that the sounds coming from the devices seem fuzzy or otherwise strange, you might think that your hearing aids are broken. However, that might not be the case. Your ears produce wax from time to time, and there are some times when your ear wax may clog the hearing aids you wear, which can distort the sounds you hear.
Keeping your ears clean can help to stop wax from causing problems for your devices. You should also keep a soft cloth on hand so you can wipe down your devices regularly. If you use a dehumidifying cannister for your hearing aids at night, it could be a good idea to wipe your devices in the morning when any wax will have hardened. That way, you'll have an easier time of removing the wax.
Now that you know some of the things that could affect how well your hearing aids work, you can be confident about your ability to handle and prevent minor problems. Talk to your audiologist (like Mark Montgomery MD FACS) to get more suggestions for caring for your hearing devices.Share