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Getting the most from your hearing aids

"by " Albert Stein

Your hearing aids are a very complex piece of technology. Just like mobile phones, cameras or laptops, you need to look after them well in order to get the most out of them.

In fact, it's more important for you to look after your hearing aids, as they help you to communicate in everyday life. It doesn't take a lot of work to make sure your hearing aids give you the best performance, for as long as possible. Here are some tips to prolonging the life your hearing aid batteries.

You may be familiar with inserting batteries into your hearing aid, but did you know you can conserve battery by opening the battery door? To prevent power being used unnecessarily, fully open the battery door to set it aside when you're not using it.

Remembering to turn off your hearing aids when removing them for the day is also a key factor in extending the battery life.

Both high temperatures and humidity can impact the life and function of your hearing aids. When you store them, make sure that the case keeps them dry and isn't exposed to any direct sunlight, whether in a hot car or by a window.

Room temperature is ideal, and it's recommended that you store your hearing aids in a place where they are  unlikely to be knocked over accidentally by yourself, pets or children to avoid damage.

Moisture is also a big culprit – leaving them in a separate room while you have a shower will prevent moisture leaching into the electrical components.

Washing your hands before handling them will keep dirt and oils away, both of which can hinder the operation of your hearing aids. Dust will build up over time, so whenever you open the battery casing, blow or brush to dislodge accumulated dust and debris.

Excess ear wax can also pose a problem – it's not only unhygienic, but can clog up the operations of your device. A quick wipe with a damp cloth should be sufficient to clean your hearing aids. Just make sure all the components are completely dry before reassembling your battery and device.

Hopefully these tips will help your hearing aids last at least four years until it's time to come in and see if you need a refit. Hearing aid technology is constantly advancing, so by then, even if your hearing aids are in perfect working order, there could be models that offer you more than your current aids.

Click here to make a booking for a hearing test, to determine if you need to upgrade your hearing solutions. You can also call us on 1800 340 631.