Hearing aids need proper maintenance and repairs by a professional. This is not only for the device itself but also to care for your overall hearing health. Here are some instances when you should get in touch with your hearing instrument specialist:
Damage due to Weather Conditions
The most common problems that people with hearing aids encounter are harsh environmental conditions.
These issues occur due to the environments that you frequent, your lifestyle, and the weather.
If you exercise or spend a lot of time outdoors, you are probably sweating profusely. Sweat and other forms of moisture can cause immediate damage to your hearing aid devices.
If you live in a hot or humid region, the weather could damage your hearing aids. Even though most modern hearing aids are sturdy enough to repel dirt and moisture, constantly putting your hearing aids under these extreme conditions is not advised.
Proper care is necessary when it comes in contact with water. Some hearing aids are waterproof, but if the device becomes submerged for any amount of time, you should contact a professional and get advice on what to do. If you have a hearing aid dryer, place your wet hearing aid in it. If you have uncooked rice, you may place your wet hearing aid in a bowl and cover it with the dry grains. Get in touch with your hearing instrument specialist for advice on what to do to take care of it.
Schedule regular visits with your hearing instrument specialist. They will check and perform maintenance work on your device to make sure that it is performing at its best.
If you are experiencing irritating feedback noises from your hearing aids, schedule a visit with your hearing instrument specialist.
Feedback can be caused by many things, but it’s always a good idea to inform your hearing instrument specialist of any problems that you are experiencing with your hearing aids. If you experience feedback noises, it’s important to get the issue repaired as soon as possible. The hearing aid can have long-term damage and may need to be replaced altogether.
The cause of the feedback is generally due to either a poorly-fit hearing aid or the volume might be too high. Proper dome sizes or customized molding should be used to reduce or eliminate the feedback noises.
A common issue with hearing aids is battery corrosion.
If your hearing aids are deteriorating because of the battery, schedule an appointment with your hearing instrument specialist. They will resolve the problem and check to make sure there is no serious damage to your hearing aids.
A number of things may lead to corrosion. The main culprit is moisture. After just a few days, a white powder may build up. This powder build-up can cause permanent damage to the hearing aids, so it’s important to check for any residual powder every day.
If you need hearing aid maintenance, repairs, or supplies, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing before stopping by at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, or Strasburg.