When an older adult gets a hearing aid, they might adhere to the advice of their hearing specialist about caring for the aid. However, as time goes on, it’s easy to take the device for granted and forget some of the things required for keeping it in good working order. Or, if you’re now a family caregiver to an older adult with a hearing aid, you might not even be aware of how to take care of the device. World Hearing Aid Awareness Week is coming up, so now is a good time to be sure you know how to help your senior parent care for their hearing aid.
Keep Hearing Aids Clean
First, it’s essential to have the right tools for cleaning the kind of hearing aid your parent has. If you are unsure of what is needed, you can talk to your parent’s audiologist for advice and where to purchase tools. Also, be sure you know how to clean the device. Cleaning instructions differ according to the type of hearing aid the senior uses. In general, make sure that hearing aids are wiped clean daily, removing any debris or ear wax. Senior care providers can assist your parent with cleaning their hearing aids as a part of their bedtime routine.
Check and Maintain the Batteries
Having a hearing aid battery that is working at full power is essential to good hearing. Because batteries can die unexpectedly, it’s a good idea to have spare batteries on hand. Keep them in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh. You can also ensure the batteries are still good by using a battery tester. Also, remove the batteries at night and leave the battery case open to dry. The tiny batteries can be difficult for aging fingers to manipulate, but senior care providers can help your parent to replace hearing aid batteries.
Keep Them Dry
It’s important to keep hearing aids dry as moisture can affect their ability to work properly. Make sure your parent removes their hearing aids before bathing, showering, or washing their face. If your parent uses hair products, such as gels or hairspray, they should not put their hearing aids in until after they have used the products. Placing the hearing aids in a hearing aid drying container during the night will also reduce moisture build up and keep the devices working longer.
Your parent’s hearing aids are a big part of maintaining a good quality of life. They allow your parent to engage in conversations, watch movies and television, and pay attention to what is going on around them. When family caregivers, seniors, and senior care providers work together to keep hearing aids working well, the senior can better enjoy everything life has to offer.
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