Proper Hearing Aid Care During COVID-19

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Right now, it’s necessary to take extra precautions to prevent hearing aid damage. You may not be able to get into your audiologist as quickly as you’d like should you need a repair or replacement. Read up on our list of preventative maintenance tips for your hearing devices and check our updated business hours.

Keep Them Dry

Take out your hearing aids before you shower, bathe, or swim. The mechanisms and circuitry will short out quickly if they become wet. Take your hearing aids out each night and dry them with a tissue or soft cloth to collect any moisture. Open the battery compartment to dry the batteries and prevent corrosion.

Never place hearing aids under direct heat to dry. Place them near a hairdryer or a fan on a low setting and hold it two feet from your hearing device for a few minutes.  Our Curbside Clinic is avail

Keep Them Clean

Earwax and debris can block the mics and receivers on your hearing aids and create annoying feedback. On top of drying your devices each night, use a cotton swab or toothbrush to clear away wax buildup each morning. Allowing the wax to dry overnight makes it easier to remove.

Regularly check your wax guard to protect the internal components of your hearing aid. If you’re unsure how to remove the wax filter, check out our tutorials for step-by-step instructions.

Ask your audiologist about sanitizing sprays and wipes before using them, and schedule quarterly cleaning appointments.

Keep Them Protected

Your hearing aids are a technological investment and should be handled with care. Be careful putting in and taking out your hearing aids above hard surfaces. Dropping them onto a countertop or floor will damage the sensitive components.

Keep your devices stored away from small children and pets who are likely to play with or damage them. Parts of hearing devices are also a choking hazard. Avoid using hair products after you put in your hearing aids as they can clog the mics and breakdown the material of the device.

Changes

Hearing Associates has taken precautions and made some changes to protect our clients and staff. We are decreasing our office schedule and postponing non-emergency appointments to a later date. Our Mason City Clinic will be the only open office, Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The walk-in hours have been changed to “drive-up” hours, so call the office once you’ve arrived to receive service at your vehicle.

Call 888.760.2032 or contact us online for more information. Call 641.494.5180 to reach the Mason City Clinic.