After buying hearing protection devices, whether earplugs, earmuffs, or any other, you need to take good care of them.
Benefits of proper maintenance of hearing protectors
There are plenty of benefits that come with the regular and proper maintenance of the hearing protectors. Some of these benefits include:
Long lifespan: When you properly maintain your pieces, they last for a long time. This saves you money or the annoyance of having to think about the best pair to go for.
High sound quality: Just like a properly maintained car, properly maintained headphones perform better. One of the reasons why the pieces don’t give you the good quality sound that you deserve is due to accumulation of dirt, wax, and other materials.
Properly maintained pieces are usually dirt free thus produce high-quality sound. This not only allows you to listen to your favorite music, it also helps you to block the noise coming from the lawnmower or any machine that you might be using.
Maintain the look: One of the reasons you bought the hearing protectors is because you liked how they looked on display. When you wear the pieces for a long time, they are bound to look different and lose their original look.
Fortunately, with proper care, the units don’t lose much of the original look. When you store the pieces in a safe place away from direct sunlight, you protect the colors from fading. Proper care also prevents the pieces from developing cracks that give them an ugly look. The cracks also predispose them to damage.
Avoid invalidating the warranty: Did you buy top of the end radio headphones or any other pieces? You were most likely given a warranty. Usually of a year. While the manufacturing companies say that they will cover the pieces when they develop issues, they are usually very picky about what they cover.
For example, they don’t cover them if they have cracks. If you want to maintain the warranty and be able to replace the units when they develop manufacturing problems, you should take good care of them.
How do you maintain the hearing protectors?
There are many ways in which you do it. Some of these ways include:
Cleaning the headphones regularly
This is probably the most obvious way of taking good care of your hearing protection devices. Before you start cleaning them, ensure that you have unplugged them from your devices.
If you have earbuds, use screen or alcohol wipe or any other electrical friendly cleaner to kill off any bacteria that might be present. The alcohol will also help you in removing grime that might be on the pieces thus leaving your headphones looking as good as new.
Have you been using the headphones for a long time? You need to do a deeper cleaning. You can do this using mildly soapy water and Q-tips. You should squeeze out the Q-tip before you rub it around the buds. If there are grooves in the unit, use a dry toothbrush or toothpick to get rid of any dirt.
If you have over-ear headphones, these pieces come with replaceable silicone, foam or cloth covers that you can remove and replace them when the pieces get too dirty. When it comes to the main band and caps, clean them with a microfiber cloth that will keep them clean and shiny.
Handle the pieces with care
In addition to regularly cleaning the hearing protection devices, you also need to handle the pieces with care. As rule of thumb, avoid pulling the cables when working or putting them on. When lawn mowing, take care that you don’t step on the pieces or pass the lawn mower over them as you will destroy them.
Store the pieces properly
How you store the pieces has a great impact on their life. When you aren’t using the hearing protectors, you should clean and put them in their own case. You can buy the case or buy pieces that come with their own dedicated bag.
You don’t have a dedicated bag for the pieces? Worry not. If you have a bag, you should keep them in a separate compartment in your main bag. This is to prevent them from getting damaged or squashed.
Mistakes to avoid with your hearing protection devices
There is no way the units will last for a long time if you constantly make mistakes with them. Some of the mistakes you should avoid making include:
- Carrying the headphones in your pocket
- Wrapping a cable around the hearing protection device
- Sharing the headphones
- Listening to the headphones in extremely high volume