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Get your hearing aid in shape for swimsuit season!

Contributed by , staff writer

Two weeks before the weather heats up, you hit the gym with the intention of getting that body ready for swim trunks or a bikini. But it’s not just your abs that need tuning. As you’re readying your physique for the summer, be sure you’re not neglecting your hearing aid in the process.

Following a regular maintenance schedule will ensure your hearing aid has a long life and also that you’re maximizing your hearing potential. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) says that regular visits to your audiologist are important, but a daily maintenance routine is essential in your hearing aid upkeep.

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Clean with a soft, dry cloth

Earwax, dirt and bacteria can accumulate easily, so daily hearing aid cleaning is a necessary part of your maintenance routine. If need be, you can clean inside the ear mold with a soap solution and dry with a special hearing aid blower that won’t damage the internal components. Since hearing aids are especially susceptible to moisture build-up in the summer, keeping a hearing aid cleaning cloth with you is a smart idea.

Follow proper storage protocol

Using a hearing aid drying container will keep moisture from building up overnight in your hearing aid and prevent bacteria from forming as a result. Keeping your hearing aids in a proper storage container can also minimize the risk of damaging or losing them. When your hearing aids are in safe container in a consistent place in your house, you always know they will be there for you when you need them.

Perform listening checks

Each day when you wake up, you should test the hearing quality of your hearing aid. Your audiologist can train you to listen for discrepancies and to identify when the audio is weak or scratchy. You can also purchase a listening tube to aid in your listening checks. Be sure to check the batteries and listen for feedback as well.

Check and replace batteries

Checking the batteries every day will prevent your hearing aid from faltering unexpectedly.  Always keep an extra set of batteries with you, no matter where you go. Batteries typically last one to two weeks, and should be replaced as often as necessary. When you’re packing a bag for that summer getaway, don’t leave hearing aid batteries off the list.

Consult your audiologist for continuing issues, like hearing aid feedback

Feedback is the annoying result of a poorly-fitted or otherwise damaged hearing aid. A sound leak from the hearing aid’s speaker back to the microphone will create a whistling or tonal sound that interferes with normal function and can even hurt your ears. Your audiologist can determine why you are experiencing feedback and correct the issue.

Hearing aids cannot look after themselves, and because they are such an important and integral part of your daily life, taking care of them is necessary in maintaining your quality of life. Ensuring the hearing aid is operating at optimal capability also ensures your ears are operating at optimal capability. And that’s especially important when you’re in a swimsuit.

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