Your hearing aid will need regular professional cleaning and tune- ups as long as you have it.
The following suggestions will help you do your part to keep your instruments in good working condition. These suggestions will also help your hearing aid last longer.
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- Avoid moisture and heat. Heat and water are bad for hearing aids. Don't store your hearing aid in the glove compartment of your car, Don't use your hair dryer while you are wearing your hearing aid. Avoid putting on or taking off your hearing aid near a running bathroom sink or shower.
- Replace dead batteries immediately. Old batteries are toxic and can corrode and damage the hearing aid. Be sure to dispose of dead batteries properly. Check the battery packaging for instructions on proper disposal.
- Store hearing aid batteries properly. Store extra batteries in a cool, dry place such as a desk drawer or bedside table. Do not put batteries in the refrigerator.
- Be safe with batteries -- Keep extra batteries away from children and pets. If you are forgetful or have poor vision, keep batteries separate from your medicine so you don't mistake a battery for a pill.
- Clean your hearing aid. Clean hearing aids as instructed. Check your user brochure or ask your audiologist for directions.
- Avoid hairspray. Do not use hairspray or other hair care products while wearing your hearing aid. Hairspray is one of the leading causes of plugged up microphones.
- Turn off hearing aids when not in use. You will get much longer battery life and save money if you turn off your hearing aid when you are not using it. This can be done either with the on/off switch or by cracking open the battery door. Dogs and cats will be attracted to the squeal of a hearing aid left on but not in your ear. Many people have had their hearing aids destroyed by pets attracted to this noise.
- Insure your hearng aid. If you feel you are at risk for losing your hearing aid, buy special loss and damage insurance through your audiologist.
If you or someone else swallows a battery, call this number for help:
THE NATIONAL BATTERY INGESTION HOTLINE
About.com. Hearing Aid Care and Maintenance Now That You Have Hearing Aids, You Must Take Care of Them. Accessed August 2008. Available at: http://deafness.about.com/cs/hearingaids/a/haidcare_2.htm