Do you wear hearing aids? Let’s help make your hearing aids last longer and perform better! Annual hearing healthcare check-ups help your Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist (BCHIS) or Audiologist (AuD) make sure you have the best hearing aid fit and technology updates to match your specific hearing loss. It’s important to pay attention to and invest time in following your hearing healthcare professional’s instructions for your hearing aid care.
Every hearing instrument requires some level of recommended care in order to perform at its best. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), hearing aid wearers should:
- Clean hearing aids often. ASHA recommends cleaning hearing aids with a dry and soft cloth. Cleaning a hearing aid means looking to wipe away and wax, dirt or grime that may have collected on the hearing aid since your last cleaning. If you wear hearing instruments that use earmolds, be sure to remove the earmolds and clean those with a mild soap. ASHA does not recommend the use of hair dryers. Once your earmolds are completely dry, they can be reconnected to your hearing aids. It is very important to keep your hearing aids dry, always. Always use a drying container for your hearing aids. This helps to prevent moisture from collecting inside your hearing aids, which keeps your hearing aids dry. ASHA suggests removing hearing aid batteries before placing hearing aids in a dry box.
- Hearing Aid Battery Check. As with any technology today, hearing aids function to their best ability when they are using a fully charged battery. Hearing aid batteries will generally last up to two weeks. ASHA suggests keeping back-up batteries with you to avoid losing hearing aid function. It’s also suggested that hearing aid battery users store their batteries in a cool, dry place without humidity. Once you peel the sticker from the back of the hearing aid battery, allow the battery to sit for a couple minutes. Oxygen in a new battery helps it to activate fully.
- Responsible Hearing Aid Battery Disposal. We love our earth and ASHA does too. Remember batteries are toxic and require special disposal. Mercury-free hearing aid batteries can be disposed of in household trash bins. Hint: if the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not and needs to be recycled properly. Click here for more information about Rhode Island Hearing Aid Battery Recycling.
At Physicians Hearing Solutions in Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island, our hearing healthcare professionals will help guide your through the hearing healthcare process step-by-step. Each member of the Physicians Hearing Solutions hearing healthcare professional team is fully licensed and trained in providing each patient with the best hearing healthcare options available. We want you to know you can trust that you are getting the highest quality hearing healthcare each time you come to see us. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through providing you with the quality hearing healthcare you deserve. We offer complimentary complete Diagnostic Hearing Evaluations. We also offer free clean & checks of your current hearing device(s). Please don’t wait, call today:
(401) 921-0181 Warwick, Rhode Island office
(401) 435-5355 East Providence, Rhode Island office.