The hearing doctor experts are Drs. Jamie Pollack and Constance Metropulos who will help you with all of your needs regarding hearing aids. They realize how important it is to make the decision of purchasing a hearing aid for those who need them to help in their daily life. They understand that you need to be completely informed about hearing aids and how they work to ensure you are comfortable. The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) want you to feel confident and are committed to ensuring your comfort.
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last?
Hearing aids last depending on how well you take care of them. Most often, if you need to obtain a repair, it’s because of earwax or moisture building up in the device. In order to avoid having to get them repaired, make sure you clean your hearing aids every night before you go to sleep.
Cleaning your hearing aids can be a process at first but it will become habit. Focus your cleaning on the openings and especially the microphones. Getting the proper tools to clean your hearing aids is important for efficient and easy cleaning. A wax pick and brush are great indispensable cleaning tools for at home use. Ear wax can accumulate in the opening causing muffled hearing. If you leave the wax long enough, it will cause greater damage to the receiver. Use the pick and brush to clear the wax away.
ITE Hearing Aids
Use a soft-bristled brush or a brush given to you by a doctor to clean the microphone ports. Hold the device with the opening downward while cleaning to get out any excess wax and any loose particles will fall out so they don’t stay lodged in the hearing aids. Use the wax pick to clean out anything the brush didn’t get. Finally, clean the device with a clean, dry towel or cloth which will remove any debris.
BTE Hearing Aids
Remove debris with a soft, clean cloth before starting the cleaning process. Remove the earmold from the hook and clean it. Some earmold can become discolored and stained overtime, however cleaning them daily and soaking them in warm water will help. You must allow the molds to dry overnight and do not use any chemicals on them. Use a bulb blower to get water out of the tubing and allow to dry overnight before use in the morning.
It is also important that you keep them away from water because hearing aids are electronic devices and need to be kept dry. If your hearing aid becomes wet, the first thing you want to do is remove it from water immediately. Turn it off and remove the battery. Put the battery in a bin and make sure not to try to turn it back on too quickly even if you are tempted to. Close the battery door and dry it off with a towel. Shake gently to get as much of the water out as possible. Use a hair dryer to blow dry it but don’t let it get too hot! Leave the hearing aid out to dry and leave the battery door open so as much air as possible can flow in. When your hearing aid has dried you can place it back on or in your ear and test the functionality.
There are also a few others factors that will aid in extending the life of your hearings aids:
- There are two types of hearing aids…BTE and ITE. BTE (Behind The Ear) are worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic earmold that connects to a plastic earmold which fits inside the outer ear. The ITE (Inside The Ear) hearing aids fit completely inside the outer ear. Make sure to follow care instructions according to the device you are using.
- Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Take the batteries out one at a time and discard them carefully.
- There are wireless hearing aids that help you hear more naturally and automatically change settings in different environments. The level of technology allows for no feedback. You will need to maintain appropriate checkups to ensure the device is working properly.
- Hearing aids are made from a hard plastic called acrylic. Also, soft vinyl and regular silicone are used to create hearing aids. Depending on the material, a different care method may be needed.
These are just a few of the ways to determine the lifespan of your hearing aids. Of course, things can become damaged when you don’t mean for them to, but that’s okay because hearing aids have a 1-year warranty and The Hearing Doctors can repair your broken hearing aids if need be. If you maintain your hearing aids well, they can last up to 6 years.
Contact Us About Hearing Aids
For answers to any of your questions, or to set up an appointment up with The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) for your hearing aid needs, call us at 786-420-6660 or visit our website hearingaidsfortlauderdale.com