While hearing aids may often be associated with adults only, there are many children who suffer from hearing loss and require hearing aids for everyday activities. If your child is currently using a hearing aid, consider these six easy care tips to help your child with hearing aid care throughout the year.
Keep Hearing Aids Away from Moisture
Kids love to play, swim, and run throughout the day. However, hearing aids should be kept as far away from moisture as possible to prevent infections and damage to the device. Although your child may be using a water and dust resistant hearing aid, they should not be submerged while swimming or bathing. Be sure to keep your child’s hearing aid in a safe and dry place during water activities to prevent damage.
Protect the Hearing Aid from Extreme Temperatures
Similar to the potential damage caused by moisture, damage caused by extreme cold or heat can make your child’s hearing aid especially difficult to use. Use caution with your child’s hearing aid when using devices such as a hair dryer, and be sure to keep it stored in a moderate temperature to prevent damage from freezing temperatures or extreme heat.
Clean the Hearing Aid Regularly
Keep your child’s hearing aid free of dust and dirt throughout the week so that the microphone input is clear for use. Avoid using harsh soaps, detergents, or alcohol for cleaning, and stick to a soft cloth or brush for regular cleaning.
Consider a Hearing Aid Humidifier to Remove Moisture
A hearing aid humidifier is an excellent resource for removing moisture from your child’s hearing aid. After a day of activities, moisture build up around the hearing aid can damage it over time, so it is best to regularly remove moisture build up as soon as possible.
Teach Your Child the Importance of Caring for Their Hearing Aid
Although children’s hearing aids can be durable, it is still very important to teach your child the importance of caring for their hearing aid. Talk to your child about ways to keep their hearing aid clean daily, as well as safe ways to change the batteries without dropping it on an unforgiving surface.
Visit Your Audiologist Regularly
By scheduling regular check ups for your child with their audiologist, you are ensuring that there are no advancing issues with your child’s hearing aid and that any necessary adjustments can be made as needed. Your audiologist can also help to answer any questions that you may have about your child’s hearing aid, as well as any concerns that you may have about your child’s hearing in the future.
Hearing Loss Solutions from Clarity Audiology
Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions offers state-of-the-art hearing solutions for any hearing loss you are experiencing. We specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing loss, fitting and programming hearing aids, and helping you hear again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment online or by calling 410-698-6594. To see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.