Hidden Hearing Offers Advice on Hearing Aid Care during Ear Infections

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Private hearing healthcare solutions provider, Hidden Hearing, have issued advice on how to maintain your hearing aid when suffering from an ear infection.

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Hearing aids should be well maintained from the inside out to avoid any dirt or damage.

Winter is prime season for the spread of colds and flu, which can leave sufferers with symptoms for weeks and cause ear infections. An ear infection can be especially troublesome for hearing aid wearers as swelling in the ear prevents the device from fitting properly and can be very uncomfortable.

Hidden Hearing issues some advice for hearing aid wearers:

  •     If somebody is suffering from a ear infection they should ensure their ears get as much air circulating around them as possible and are not covered with earmuffs or scarfs. It is also helpful to remove the hearing aid as often as possible to allow ears to breathe, especially with in-the-ear models that can prevent air reaching the ear.
  •     The ear should be kept as dry as possible and syringing should be avoided as well as trying to wash any infection out. If the infection gets worse or is not improved after four to five days, it is important to consult a doctor. If the infection is viral it can’t be treated with antibiotics, but if the infection is bacterial then medication or drops can be prescribed.
  •     A good ear hygiene routine is important and hearing aids should be thoroughly cleaned throughout the duration of the infection as it can be easy for bacteria to live on a hearing aid and lead to re-infection. Hearing aids should be well maintained from the inside out to avoid any dirt or damage. Not maintaining good ear hygiene can lead to a build up of ear wax, interfering with sound interpretation in the middle ear and increasing risk of infection.
  •     If someone has more than one style hearing aid and switches between them often, it is important to handle them with care and conserve power by turning off and removing the battery. They should be stored in a cool, dry place and kept from damp and hot environments where they’ll be exposed to moisture such as showers, bathing and swimming.

Hidden Hearing is available for any questions or queries regarding hearing aid care.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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