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This entry was posted on 27th July 2012 by stuart.
Using hearing aids is a very positive step in addressing and recognizing your hearing problem. With the abundance of devices on the market, choosing the right one may not be easy, but once you find it, it will be an indispensable companion and assistant in everyday chores, social life and entertainment.In addition to being a potentially expensive investment, every hearing aid is a delicate piece of equipment that needs to be properly maintained in order to perform to its best capacity and deliver the results that the wearer expects. After the purchase and initial adjustment from your audiologist, it is your responsibility to provide protection and care for the hearing aid and all its parts. You need to make sure that the device is functioning correctly, clean it regularly, replace components if needed, use the appropriate type of batteries and avoid exposing it to excessive heat and moisture.To guarantee that your hearing aid will serve you in the best possible way for many years, it is good to equip yourself with some basic accessories. That way, you can build your own maintenance kit and be prepared for daily care and emergencies. HygieneRegardless of the type and model of the hearing aid you have, cleaning it should be a priority. There are various products available to choose from to keep your hearing aid free from debris, dust, earwax and moisture. Essentials include cleaning wipes to gently remove dirt, antibacterial cleaning pens for delicate parts, flexible cleaning wires for removing debris from thin tubes and hearing aid brushes. In addition, you should consider an air puffer and dehumidifier to take away or absorb any moisture accumulated during the day or a certain activity as it may be detrimental to your device’s electronics. ComponentsAnother important aspect to consider when taking care of your hearing aid is its separate parts. If you have a behind the ear hearing aid, you should know that you need to replace components such as tubing and domes on a regular basis as they wear out with time, can deform or crack. Along with cleaning them with the appropriate tools, every few months you will need to buy new ones. To have spare parts in case of emergency such as a sudden tearing or breaking as well as to save yourself some expense, you can purchase a whole pack of the domes or tubing you need. There are different kits available, with the same or a variety of components for the different hearing aid models.BatteriesBatteries are an integral part of the hearing aid. Many manufacturers produce batteries and you may need to test different brands to find the ones you like. All batteries have a number and colour indication so you know which are suitable for the type of hearing aid you have. You should be careful to use only new batteries and make sure there is no corrosion and moisture in the battery department as it can damage the hearing aid. Accessories you can use to protect and test your batteries are for example the small and light Rayovac Battery Caddy that can store up to 6 batteries or Rayovac Battery Tester with an LCD display showing the remaining power in the batteries and having space for two spare ones.
This entry was posted in Hearing Aids on 27th July 2012 by stuart.
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