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Ways to Prevent Hearing Aid Repairs
Hearing aids are very delicate pieces of equipment that can help hearing-impaired individuals hear better. However, because they are very delicate in nature, they often tend to become damaged if the users do not take the required precautions. If you are worried about keeping your hearing aid in spotless condition for the longest time possible then the tips in this article will help you.
Always Keep Them Dry and Secure
One of the easiest ways to protect your hearing aid device and ensure that they are not prone to damage is by keeping them safe and dry. Moisture is dangerous for hearing aids. This is because of the many tiny electrical components in the device. If moisture gets trapped in the device it creates a damp situation that often causes the hearing aid to malfunction. So, make sure to remove it when you're in or around water bodies.
Also, if you will be doing some exercise, remove it and put it somewhere dry and safe until your workout is done. If you must work out with it try using a sweatband to protect the device from maximum exposure to sweats or moisture. And whenever it is not in use, store it in a dry cool place. As much as possible, avoid storing it anywhere there is heat or the likelihood of dampness.
Clean When Wet
If in spite of your best efforts, the hearing aid comes in contact with moisture, dampness or water, you need to clean the device as quickly as possible. While you can use a dry clean cloth for this, the reality is they do not do a good job of getting to the very hard to reach areas.
A hearing aid dryer is a much better option, so get it if you can. This equipment are specifically meant to help extract the moisture that's trapped in the device and get rid of the moisture without necessarily damaging the electronic components in your hearing aid device.
As much as possible, avoid using heavy-duty equipment like hair dryers. If you must use them, put them on the coolest temperature level. This way they will not damage or fry your electrical components.
Clean Your Ears Frequently
It is often easy to forget to clean one's ears. But if you'll be using hearing aids, you need to do this more frequently. This is because the buildup of earwax can cause certain parts of the device to become blocked.
The easiest way to avoid these blockages is by consistently cleaning your ear. If you can, do this at least once a week. This way, when you wear your hearing aid, you will not have any earwax to contend with.
Don’t Let Sand Get in the Device
During the summer, everyone wants to go to the beach and have fun. While there is nothing wrong with it, please understand that you are more likely to get some sand into your ears. This is particularly if you are partaking in physical activities at the beach like tugs of war and beach volleyball. Just try to prevent sand from getting into your ear or the hearing aid.
Another option is to take out the device and put them in a protective case if you have to partake in the beach activities.