5 of the funniesthearing aid mishaps
(and How to Properly Care For Them)
Humorous but true. These are five of the most bizarre and yet amusing situations hear.com hearing experts have witnessed when it comes to hearing aids, their users, and the issues they encounter.
Listener, beware: this could very well happen to you. As funny as some of these experiences are, there are ways to care for your hearing aids that should be taken seriously.
Let’s get started.
The Daily Care
On a more serious note, hearing aids, like any supplemental device, require care and attention, especially if used daily and throughout the day. Any electrical device that is used in conjunction with the body, furthermore, is prone to wear and tear over time.
To prolong the life and function of the device, consider this daily care routine.
Having the right tools: before bringing home the hearing aids, make sure to come fully equipped. To help your hearing aid, ask your audiologist for a listening tube, as well as a battery tester and forced air blower. You’ll also want to request a container to keep them dry in.
Listen in to what’s going on: here’s where the listening tube comes in handy. Use this tube to perform a listening check every day. You want to make sure the incoming sound is clear, not diluted or scratchy.
Clean up time: the best way to clean small hearing aids is with a soft, dry cloth. Especially as we age, our ears are more prone to dirt and grime, as well as build-up and residue that sits within the aid, accumulating over time. If you’d like, you can use a non-scented soap solution with the earmold part of the hearing aid. Don’t use a hair dryer. Instead, use your forced air blower to dry them and the container to hold them in.
Play it cool: while it’s okay to use mild soap and water to clean out the earmold, your hearing aid will function the best when it’s exposed to minimal moisture, especially with prolonged use. This means, avoid heading into the pool for long periods of time or submerging your head. You’ll also want to clean it off as soon as possible if you do. When drying, remember to remove the batteries out of the device first.
Cut the feedback loop: hearing aids that are securely inserted should not be delivering any feedback. This is a small but noticeable whistling sound that might occur if the earmold is too small or if it simply needs to be replaced. Another reason for feedback could be earwax lodged in the canal itself so try and clean out your ears first.