Like any other medical device, a hearing aid needs special care to keep working properly. When you live in a hot or a warmer climate, you need to take extra care of your hearing aids. You want them to last longer and work at optimum levels for their intended purpose.
When you set out to purchase your hearing aids, you need to find a reliable company that will be providing the most advanced hearing solutions for your needs. A business that caters to the individual with their own unique needs is better than a company that will lump all hearing-impaired persons into the same category, as well as sells them all the same aid.
Here are 4 hearing aid maintenance tips for those who live in a hot climate:
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1. Limit Exposure to Moisture
A hearing aid needs to be kept as dry as possible. You will need to limit its exposure to moisture, which includes perspiration or sweat. There are times when this may seem impossible, and the only way to make sure it remains dry is to remove the device from your ear.
If you are going for a run or engaging in any other type of physical exercise, where you know you are going to perspire more than usual, it is best to remove the aid. You will want to store it in a dry place such as a locker or a bag and not in your pocket.
2. Use a Soft, Dry Cloth for Cleaning
Never use water or a cleaning solution to clean your hearing aid. Always use a soft, dry cloth without any type of cleaning liquid on it. This will prevent damage and help you maintain a clean device.
There are a few solvents that will clean your device, however, they can cause a build up on the aid and sometimes cause them to fail. You will always need to protect the inside, as well as the battery compartment, from liquids, which includes perspiration.
3. Invest in a Hearing Aid Dehumidifier
There are several different brands of hearing aids Dehumidifiers available for purchase. These are special machines that will help keep your device dry and in good working order. You will need to follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully to make sure you do not harm your hearing aids.
If a dehumidifier is out of your budget, you can also use a desiccant, a moisture absorbing substance that is used in many dry goods and other items.
4. Store Hearing Aids in A Dry Place
You may be tempted to place your hearing aids next to your bed or on the bathroom sink. This is not a good idea as they can be dropped and lost, or become wet. If you have pets, cats or dogs or some other small critter, you do not want them to think your hearing aids are chew toys.
Always store your hearing devices in a dry, safe place. This will prevent damage and eliminate moisture from ruining the inner works. You will also need to replace the aids less often, saving you money.
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