Your Ears Will Thank You
Your hearing devices respond well to a little TLC. All it costs you is a little bit of time to keep them in fine fettle. But overlooking this one simple task can lead to sound that’s weak, distorted — or nonexistent.
So many of us are communicating and connecting more, whether online via video chat, over the phone, or even with others at home. Simply put, hearing well is more important now than ever.
Though our practice is closed during the recent challenges, a few simple DIY maintenance steps — such as changing your wax guards — will keep your hearing devices in top shape.
DIY Hearing Care Basics
These DIY basics take almost no time and, done regularly, keep you connected to the sounds of your world.
- Protect your hearing from loud noise. Also, you may be using TV, radio, and other audio sources more, so keep an eye on volume.
- Clean your hearing aids nightly using the included tools and instructions.
- Remove the batteries when not in use and maintain a supply of extras. If using rechargeables, charge them every night without fail.
- Optimize your listening environment. Limit background noise, gently remind folks to slow down when speaking, and make sure the lighting allows for lip-reading.
One other DIY task I haven’t mentioned, however, packs a surprising punch.
Changing Your Wax Guards
Wax guards help protect your hearing aids from damaging buildup of wax, skin particles, and other debris. Changing them is not only crucial — it’s a breeze!
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Know When to Change the Wax Guard
Put this task on at least a monthly schedule. This gives you an easy nudge to handle it in a timely manner. But if your technology isn’t working properly, even with fresh batteries, it may be a sign that the wax guard needs changing, regardless of the schedule.
Use the Right Wax Guard for Your Device
Wax guards come in diverse sizes and types, but not every version is right for your hearing aids. We can provide or help you choose the compatible wax guards for your specific hearing instruments.
Remove the Old Wax Guard
Most wax-guard kits comprise a set of small sticks. Each has a prong on one end or side and a small, white replacement wax guard on the other. Gently push the prong into the center hole of the wax guard and pull it out.
Clean the Hearing Aid Shell
For this, you’ll use the small brush that was included with your hearing devices. In a pinch, or if you don’t have that small brush, use a fresh toothbrush that you’ll set aside solely for hearing aid maintenance. With the old wax guard removed, brush off the shell with a few strokes to clear it of any remaining wax or debris.
Install the New Wax Guard
Use the same tool you used to remove the wax guard. Line up the end that has the new guard with the hole where the old one sat. Gently push the prong into the center hole. The new wax guard should set or snap in place. Pull the prong out. You may need to briefly hold the new guard in place with your fingernail while you remove the tool.
With the new wax guard secured, you can reinsert your hearing device and check this simple but critical maintenance task off your to-do list. If your technology still isn’t sounding as clear as it did, however, or exhibits some other issue, please call us. We’re here to help!