Proper maintenance and care are crucial for the longevity and performance of your hearing aids. At Chosgo, we offer a range of hearing aid products, including our flagship Chosgo hearing aids and the innovative SmartU Rechargeable Hearing Aids. Here, we'll provide some essential tips on how to keep your hearing aids in top condition.
1. Protecting Against Moisture
Hearing aids are intricate medical devices composed of precision electronic components. Moisture and water can damage these components, leading to issues like noise, distortion, or loss of amplification. Moisture often enters the hearing aids during activities like swimming, showering, or even on rainy days. Additionally, high humidity levels can introduce moisture into the device. To prevent moisture-related damage, consider these tips:
Always be proactive in preventing moisture. Keep in mind that sweat contains salt, which can be more corrosive to electronic devices than water. During the summer, humidity and sweat can be particularly harmful to hearing aids. We recommend opening the battery compartment each night and placing the hearing aids in a drying jar or an electronic care kit.
If your hearing aids do get wet, don't panic. Dry them thoroughly and place them in a sealed drying box or electronic care kit. Even if they seem to work again, continue to remove any remaining moisture daily. If the problem persists, visit a hearing aid fitting center promptly to prevent moisture from causing further damage.
2. Avoiding Battery Leakage
The batteries used in hearing aids are zinc-air batteries, and it's essential to use the correct type. Using regular button cell batteries as a substitute can damage the hearing aid's amplification circuit and battery compartment.
3. Preventing Earwax Buildup
Earwax is typically dry and tends to fall out naturally due to movement during talking, chewing, and walking. However, some earwax may accumulate in the ear canal, especially when wearing custom-made hearing aids. This buildup can block the sound outlet and potentially damage the hearing aid. To prevent this, clean your ear canal with a cotton swab daily, inspect the earpiece's sound outlet when the hearing aid is not in use, and consider changing the earpiece's earwax filter regularly.
4. Avoiding Drops and Shocks
Hearing aids are fragile and can easily sustain damage from falls or impacts. The internal components, with their delicate wiring connections, are prone to breaking when subjected to shocks. Pay extra attention to the risk of dropping your hearing aids, especially with custom-made devices or when taking them on and off.
5. Using the Right Batteries
Selecting the correct batteries is vital for your hearing aid's performance. Chosgo hearing aids use zinc-air batteries, which may look like regular button cell batteries but differ significantly in structure and function. These batteries come in four different sizes. Always consult your hearing care professional or refer to your hearing aid's user manual for the exact battery type you need.
6. Proper Battery Usage
Here are some battery maintenance tips:
- Store batteries in a cool, dry place when not in use to avoid extreme temperatures.
- Do not remove the battery's seal unless you plan to use it within a month, as removing it will quickly drain the battery.
- Before using a new battery, expose it to air for a short time to ensure optimal performance.
- Check the battery's condition regularly, and replace it promptly when it's depleted.
- At night, open the battery compartment and place the hearing aids with the battery side down to minimize air exposure.
7. Dealing with Common Issues
If you encounter common hearing aid issues such as no sound, low volume, intermittent sound, feedback, distortion, or noise, follow these steps to diagnose and address the problem:
- Check if the hearing aid is switched on.
- Ensure that the battery is not depleted and that it is inserted correctly.
- Examine the earpiece for blockages or moisture.
- Inspect the battery type and ensure it's the correct size.
- Adjust the volume settings.
- For custom-made hearing aids, inspect the earpiece for wax buildup.
If you cannot resolve the issue yourself, visit a Chosgo hearing aid fitting center for professional assistance.
Properly caring for your hearing aids is essential for maintaining their functionality and longevity. Follow these guidelines, and consider Chosgo's range of hearing aid products, including our SmartU Rechargeable Hearing Aids, to enjoy clear and comfortable hearing. You can explore our full product range at Chosgo Hearing.
Remember to protect your hearing aids from moisture, prevent battery leakage, keep earwax at bay, avoid drops and shocks, use the right batteries, and address common issues promptly. This way, you'll ensure that your hearing aids continue to serve you well and enhance your quality of life.