Making the transition to living life with hearing aids can be tough. It is an emotional time for many people. Experiencing hearing loss can make us feel our bodies are aging and falling apart on us too quickly. In time, you'll hopefully see that there is no shape in experiencing hearing loss or needing to wear hearing aids. It happens to people of all ages for a wide variety of reasons.
In the meantime, the care and maintenance involved with hearing aids can be overwhelming and confusing. Hearing aids are electronic devices and need a bit of special attention in order to last as long as possible and operate to their highest potential. There are many different brands and models of hearing aids, but many feature the same guidelines for care.
Be sure to ask your hearing aid provider any questions you may have about the operation or care of your hearing aids. If the instruction manual doesn't make sense or is too complicated ask the provider for help in figuring it out. Hearing aids are big investments, so it's important you understand the proper way to use, care for and maintain them to their highest ability.
You'll need to make a few purchases to get you started. Buy a case to store your hearing aids in when you aren't wearing them to keep them safe. It's always a good idea to have extra batteries on hand. Get some to leave at home and some to stash in your purse or car for emergencies. Humidifiers help keep hearing aids dry. This prolongs their life and improves the sound quality. Special lotions are available that will keep your ears from becoming dry or irritated.
It is important that you keep your hearing aids clean. This will make them last longer and sound better. It will also help you stay healthy by keeping germs away. Cleaning kits are available that offer all of the supplies and tools needed. These items are also available separately. If you are frequently on the go, you may want to purchase cleaning wipes to take with you on your travels for easy cleaning.
Take a few minutes each day to ensure your hearing aids are clean and in good condition. Store them in a safe place when not in use. Hearing aid accessories and supplies are available at the offices of many hearing aid providers. They are also sold in most drugstores and major retail chains. If you aren't sure what you need, ask your hearing aid provider or audiologist for suggestions. A list of recommended supplies should also be located in your hearing aid instruction manual.