Even the best-laid travel plans can go awry, and so can your hearing aids while you’re on vacation. No need to worry—to get your devices functioning again, follow these helpful tips. You’ll be back to enjoying your relaxing getaway before you know it!
My hearing aid stopped working.
First, make sure your device is charged or has a fresh battery. If not, charge or replace it. If the battery is fine, change the wax guard. You can also try cleaning your hearing aid with a soft, dry toothbrush. Brush all over the body of the hearing aid and the ear tip (dome).
My hearing aid won’t charge.
Sometimes the charger’s indicator lights stop working, but the hearing aid is actually charging. Take the hearing aid out of the charger and listen to it. Is it working? If it is, continue to use your hearing aids. Just remember to call our office when you get back so we can take a look at them.
If the hearing aid is not working, hold down the bottom of the toggle switch on the back of the hearing aid for 30 seconds, then place the hearing aid in the charger for 30 seconds.
My hearing aid fell in the pool.
The solution for fixing your water-logged device depends on what type of hearing aids you have:
- If you have hearing aids that aren’t rechargeable, open the battery door and take out the battery. Then, put your devices in a bag of uncooked, dry rice overnight. In the morning, put a new battery in and listen to your hearing aids. Are they working? If yes, continue to use them.
- If you have hearing aids that are rechargeable, put them in a bag of uncooked, dry rice overnight. In the morning, put your hearing aids in the charger. Are they charging? If yes, continue to use them.
The best way to avoid hearing aid challenges while on vacation is to schedule a clean-and-check with one of our audiologists before you leave town. Request an appointment today! We would love to see you and hear about your summer vacation plans!