If you have recently purchased your first set of hearing aids, then you may be a bit surprised by the cost of them. Hearing aids are indeed quite expensive and this means that you need to care for them carefully. Unfortunately, there are some mistakes that you may make in your attempt to live your everyday life that may complicate maintenance. Keep reading to learn what they are.

Mistake - Leaving The Aids On In The Shower

As technology advances, hearing aids can be made that are more and more adaptable to a wide variety of different situations. These situations include ones that involve water. And, some hearing aids are made to be waterproof. These products are varieties that are made for sports professionals and extremely active people who are likely to come into contact with sweat and water on a regular basis. Your hearing aid is likely water resistant instead of waterproof, so you should not leave it in when you swim or when you take a shower. 

You can wear your hearing aids in the rain though, and if the aids get wet, then you should gently dry them off with a clean and dry towel. You should never use a hairdryer or another warm source to dry them off though. This may damage the electronic components of the aid and you may even melt the outer casing and cause a fit issue.

If you do get your hearing aids wet to the point that they are drenched, remove them and place them in a small container of dry white rice to dry out. A container of desiccant can work as well.

Mistake - Not Removing The Batteries

It can take some time to get used to hearing aids and how they feel and work. This is one reason why your audiologist will likely advise you to wear them for short periods of time at first. And, if you decide that you do not need them at home, then you may choose to place them in your storage container when they are not in use.

When you do this though, you will be leaving the batteries in the aids for an extended period of time. The natural moisture in your ear and other water sources can actually cause the batteries to corrode if left in the aids for too long.

So, you want to remove the batteries from the aids if you will not be using them for more than a day or two. In addition to removing the batteries, make sure that you are replacing them on a regular schedule so they are not kept in your aids for too long.

For more information, contact a service that offers hearing aid maintenance.