For a person with hearing loss, a hearing aid is life. It’s pretty much the only thing that makes your biggest problem become less of a problem. You can never afford to lose it. However, no matter how careful you are in cleaning your precious hearing aid, wearing and taking it off, or storing it in the safest of places, disasters can always happen.
This article will give you some tips on how to avoid common disasters in handling in ear hearing aids.
- Avoid readjusting your hearing aid at random places.
There are times when wearing a hearing aid makes you uncomfortable. You may be in the kitchen cooking for dinner, and you suddenly feel the device not fitting rightly. You try to adjust it and the next thing you know, your precious little buddy is dropped in a place you don’t want it to be. At one time or another, that happens to everyone. However, the consequences of this happening again and again can be big. You might end up damaging it, or worst, losing it.
The bathroom and kitchen are the places where you especially want to avoid when you’re readjusting your hearing aid since not all hearing aids are made to be waterproof. There’s little to no chance that you can make the device work again if you accidentally lost it in the sink or bathroom floor.
- Avoid wearing your hearing aid when planning to go to the water.
Unless you have purchased a waterproof hearing aid, don’t think about wearing your hearing aid when you plan to take a shower or swim in the pool. While it’s true that you can always remind yourself to remove your hearing aid before showering or swimming, you are, as a human, susceptible to error and forgetfulness. This is more likely to happen when you’re out of your usual routine, like when you’re on a vacation. It’s only too easy to dive into the water without having to think about what and what not to remove. If this happens, come out from the water immediately. Remove the device and pat it dry with a clean towel. Examine the inner components of the device. Open the compartment of the battery and remove the battery. Wipe everything on the inside. Dehumidify the device overnight or use hearing aid dryer to dry the device faster. After drying, test if it still functions. If the device is not working anymore, go to your audiologist for professional advice.
- Keep your hearing aid away from sneaky hands.
Keep your hearing aid out of reach, especially from little kids and curious pets. Store it somewhere absolutely safe, preferably at high places where sneaky hands couldn’t reach. If possible, get a tiny box where you can store the device. Also, make sure that the storage box is dry and clean. When you’re not using it, don’t just leave it somewhere and let it sit there. Store it in the safest place possible.