How to Take Care of Your Child's Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are a significant investment, not only financially but also in your child’s academic, social and emotional well-being. It’s important that you and your child take care of that investment and continue to reap its rewards.
Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a warranty and it’s a good idea to buy one. However, the life expectancy and proper functioning of your child’s hearing aids can increase with regular care and maintenance.
Your audiologist or hearing aid manufacturer can provide instructions and/or checklists on how to clean and maintain your specific earmold and hearing aid. The hearing aids should come with a listening tube, battery tester, forced air blower and drying container and instructions on how to use these items.
If your child’s hearing aids have to be fixed, that can be costly and he or she will be without the benefit of them during that repair time.
There are several culprits that cause the most damage to hearing aids. They are:
· Earwax – This is the leading cause of decreased performance in hearing aids. Good maintenance includes daily cleaning of the hearing aid’s receiver and microphone, and periodically replacing the wax filter and guard.
· Moisture – If an earmold gets damp or wet, be sure to clean and dry it completely. If kids aren’t wearing their hearing aids, they should put them in the drying container. Hearing aids should never be left in a moisture-rich environment like bathrooms or near swimming pools.
· Dirt/Hairspray/Makeup – Anything with fine particles can clog the microphone input and volume control switch.
· Pets – Devices can make sounds that bother some dogs, leading to chewed up or destroyed hearing aids. It’s best to deactivate the hearing aids when they aren’t in use to ensure they aren’t emitting any noises.
· Batteries – Open the battery door when the device isn’t being used and clean the battery contacts when you change the batteries.
Always remove hearing aids before swimming!
It may be challenging for kids to develop routines around daily care and ongoing maintenance for their hearing aids. If you can encourage them in doing this, it will result in helping your financial investment in their better hearing to last longer.
This information is provided by the Georgia-based Sounds Waves Pediatric Hearing Aid Program which provides children, ages birth to 19 years, with audiology services and hearing aid devices. The organization operates under the principle that no child should be denied hearing aids due to the inability to pay. Learn more or apply now!