"Since hearing aids are used every day, does that mean they break quickly? Is that true?"
While our hearing aids may seem small, they're not as delicate as a pea princess. Generally, they come with features like shock resistance, waterproofing, and dust protection.
And hearing aids are one of the few machines with a specified lifespan. Typically, different manufacturers recommend using hearing aids for 3-5 years.
However, some friends with hearing loss manage to use a hearing aid for 6-8 years. This longevity is mainly related to their usage and maintenance habits.
Today, I'll share some maintenance tips with you. By paying attention to the care of your hearing aids, you can achieve better results and longevity.
In summary, four words, twelve characters: Clean often, prevent moisture, handle with care, and guard against static electricity.
The environment for hearing aids is harsher than we think. They need to adhere to our ears for extended periods, facing issues like oily skin, sweat, and earwax. Despite having dust-resistant features, daily cleaning is essential.
After using the hearing aids each day, use a soft dry cloth to clean sweat and earwax from the surface. Use the provided small brush to clean accumulated earwax and dust around the sound outlet.
Modern hearing aids generally have some level of waterproofing. Brief exposure to water, like getting caught in the rain, is usually fine. However, electronic devices, including hearing aids, are vulnerable to humidity. Moisture doesn't just mean water; it includes mist and vapor, especially during the humid season.
To extend the life of your hearing aids, be extra cautious about preventing water, moisture, and sweat. When handling them in daily life, ensure your hands are dry. Take them off before bathing or washing your face, wait for your ear canal to dry before putting them back on, and store them in the charging case or a drying box after use.
Handle with Care
The internal components of hearing aids include chips, microphones, and speakers. These are highly precise parts, and significant vibrations can affect their accuracy, potentially leading to distortion or abnormal sounds.
Handle your hearing aids gently, avoid dropping them, and develop the habit of securely placing them back in the charging case or drying box after use.
Guard Against Static Electricity
In the dry winter months, static electricity on your hands can cause short circuits, sound loss, or even damage to internal components of the hearing aids.
Before handling your hearing aids, touch a table or wall to discharge static electricity. Alternatively, apply a bit of hand cream to moisturize your skin and reduce static buildup.
Remember, proper care ensures your hearing aids stay in good condition, providing optimal performance over an extended period.
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