You and your dog share long walks and snuggles on the couch. But some things, like complex electronic devices, are just for you. Keeping your hearing aids safe from your pet is crucial. Not only are they expensive to replace, but your dog can get very sick from eating poisonous batteries.
Below are some tips for keeping your hearing aids just out of paws’ reach.
Use Your Storage Case
Almost all hearing aids come with a protective storage case. Newer rechargeable hearing aids are equipped with a charging case, so you can store and charge your hearing aids at the same time.
Putting your hearing aids in a case helps you keep both devices together. The case allows you to put the hearing aids in your drawer or purse without having to worry about them rattling around and getting damaged.
If your pet does get ahold of the case, chances are they will be unable to open it and get to the hearing aids. This prevents them from getting ill or being unable to pass a foreign object, which can require costly and painful surgery.
Identify the Best Storage Location
There are a number of options when it comes to the best place to store your hearing aids. Those living in pet-free homes can opt for anywhere, as long as it is cool and dry. Those with furry friends need to be more careful.
The bathroom vanity or a high windowsill may seem like good spots, but they have their downfalls. The bathroom gets humid and warm, and you risk knocking them into the sink (hearing aids, like most electronic devices, should not get wet). A windowsill gets a lot of sunlight and heat, which can damage the hearing ads.
Your Evergreen Speech & Hearing audiologist recommends the following locations for storing your devices:
- Nightstand drawer
- Jewelry box
- Sock drawer
- Tall dresser or shelf
It is important that keep up a routine wherever you decide to store your hearing aids. Not only will this help you keep track of the devices, but it ensures they are easy to find in case of an emergency.
Dispose of Batteries Safely
Since hearing aid batteries can be harmful to dogs, it is important that you dispose of your batteries safely. Never throw them away in the trash. Even if you put them in the trashcan outside, stray animals or another dog can find them.
Try saving old batteries in a jar or plastic container. Then when the container is full, you can bring it to a local recycling center where they can dispose of them properly.
To learn more about how to properly care for your hearing aid, contact the experts at Evergreen Hearing & Balance.