Unlike a good cast iron pan or a sturdy piece of furniture, electronic devices are not designed to last forever. Understanding how often you should replace your device with a newer model is important in order to ensure you are getting the most benefit possible. This is especially true when it comes to hearing aids.
Below are the top five factors that can contribute to the lifespan of a hearing aid.
Hearing aids spend all day in your ears, being exposed to dirt, grime, earwax and humidity. In order to keep the devices in tip-top shape, they must be cleaned. Experts recommend implementing a simple daily cleaning routine at home, which involves wiping down the hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth, and bringing your hearing aids into the office for them to be professionally cleaned a few times a year.
You should be wearing your hearing aids during all waking hours. But they need to be put somewhere while you sleep and bathe. Storing your hearing aids correctly can help extend their life.
If you are using disposable batteries, it is best to store your hearing aids with the battery door open. For those with rechargeable hearing aids, your hearing aids should be safely stored in the charger.
A case with a built-in dehumidifier can dry out your hearing aids, which can help them last longer.
Hearing Aid Style
There are a number of hearing aids styles. More traditional styles, such as the behind-the-ear model, have a longer lifespan than the smaller devices that sit within the ear canal.
No two bodies are the same. Your unique body chemistry, which includes the amount of sweat or earwax you produce and how oily your skin is, can play a part in the life of your hearing aids. While you cannot control these factors, they should be discussed with your hearing aid provider when determining the type of hearing aid that’s best for you.
Anyone who works at Used Appliance Sales and Service will tell you that well-maintained appliances will last longer. This is true with hearing aids.
Hearing aids have a number of parts that can degrade, bend or break over time. Making sure to replace earmold tubing or dome earpiece tips can keep your hearing aid working well and help prolong their lifespan.
To learn more about keeping your hearing aid in working order or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid professional, contact LeMay Hearing & Balance today.