Your hearing aids are essential, as they connect you to the world around you. Because of this, you’ll want to do everything in your power to ensure they’re well cared for. The best way to do this is to store them safely. We review everything you need to know about safe storage below.
1. Commit to a Routine
Hearing aids are meant to be discreet and blend in, which means they’re easy to misplace. To reduce the risk of misplacing your devices, the experts at PDX ENT recommend committing to a routine where you insert, remove and store your devices in the same place at the same time every day. Ideally, you should be wearing your hearing aids during all waking hours, putting them in after your morning shower and taking them out before washing your face at night.
2. Pick a Safe Location
When choosing where to store your hearing aids, you want to balance convenience with safety. Some great places to store your devices include:
- On your bedside table
- On your dresser
- In a drawer
- In a case in your purse or briefcase
You’d never want to store your devices somewhere like:
- In the fridge or freezer
- In a bathroom
- On a windowsill
- In your car
If there are small children or pets in your home, be mindful about storing your hearing aids where they can’t be accessed, like somewhere up high or locked away. This is essential for a number of reasons, the most important being that hearing aid batteries are toxic. If the hearing aid batteries are ingested, call a doctor or vet and contact the 24-hour National Button Battery Ingestion hotline at (202) 625-3333 right away.
3. Keep Them Away from Moisture
Though most batteries are built with a protective nano-coating on the shell to repel water, that doesn’t make them waterproof. In fact, hearing aids can be very easily damaged by moisture. If you live somewhere humid or enjoy working out at Lloyd Athletic Club, be sure to invest in a dehumidifier or hearing aid dryer to store your devices in at night.
For more information about safe hearing aid storage or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call PDX ENT today.