To keep your hearing aids functioning properly for years to come, you’ll want to learn proper care and maintenance. And although it may feel like an additional burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will come to be simple and automatic.
The key is developing effective habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, after a while it won’t seem like any extra work at all.
The following are a few tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing specialist will also review with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Attempt to include your hearing aid cleansing into your evening routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is vital because daily hearing aid cleaning can thwart the collection of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various components of the hearing aid, which can cause distorted sound with time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while averting any kind of fluids that could ruin the hearing aid electronics. Consult your hearing specialist for special directions on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also prefer to consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which applies ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely clean the device without destroying the electronics.
Check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be examined and replaced frequently to assure peak hearing aid functionality. Consider using a battery tester each morning to assure you have enough power for the remainder of the day, and keep an extra set of batteries with you.
At night, when your hearing aids are not being used, shut them off and store them in a cool, dry spot with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a safe place – With respect to storage, you’ll want to remember three things:
- Keep the hearing aids away from moisture. This means that storing your hearing aids in the bathroom is probably a bad idea.
- Avoid subjecting the hearing aids—and hearing aid batteries—to temperature extremes. You’ll want to store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place.
- Avoid storing your hearing aids out in the open, where they can become damaged.
We suggest keeping your hearing aids in a container or drying kit within the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will protect the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
Also, always take out your hearing aids prior to showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has several advantageous properties, like protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it gets wedged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Make sure you’re keeping up proper ear hygiene, and if you have increased earwax, consider setting up a visit with a professional.
Carefully put in your hearing aids – When putting in your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids are made with vulnerable electronics, so a fall on a hard surface can result in significant damage.
Even with vigilant cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will call for more thorough cleaning or repair.
To ensure that you continue to enjoy the best sound possible, we advise having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at least two times per year.
Hearing care professionals will provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will on occasion replace parts. Staying current on this routine maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you achieve the best sound.