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Top 3 hearing aid mistakes

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

In order to improve your hearing, you may require hearing aids. However, it is important to take care of these items so they work well and improve your quality of life.

Here are three common mistakes you should avoid in order to prolong the life of your hearing aids.

Why shouldn’t you wear your hearing aids in the shower?

While it may be tempting to leave your hearing aids in while you get clean, these are complex electronic devices and as such require special care to ensure they are not damaged.

Moisture can cause extensive damage to your hearing aids, especially if you do not try to dry it out afterwards. Water can corrode the electrical circuit and cause your hearing aid to stop functioning.

It is best to take it out when you are showering, swimming and when it is raining heavily.It is also advised you remove your hearing aid if you want to scuba dive as it can be damaged if water seeps in.

Should you clean your hearing aids yourself?

A good Clinician will show you how to clean your hearing aids carefully and regularly. It is best to wipe over your hearing aids every day and avoid using water or other cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol as these liquids could damage your hearing aids.

If you need more help to clean your hearing aid, you should consult with a professional and always avoid prodding and probing an instrument as this can cause damage that may be irreversible.

How can you tell if you are wearing ill-fitting hearing aids?

There is a large range of hearing aids on the market, so there is no real need to wear a set that do not fit properly.

While they may feel snug at first, if you experience pain or soreness, stop wearing them. Head back to your local clinician to have them adjusted so they are more comfortable.

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