To help keep your hearing aids working properly for years to come, you need to learn proper care and maintenance. And while it may seem like an additional burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will become easy and automatic.
The trick is creating effective habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, pretty soon it won’t feel like any extra work at all.
Below are a few tips for the day-to-day care of your hearing aids (which your hearing specialist will also review with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Make an effort to integrate your hearing aid cleansing into your nightly routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is vital because daily hearing aid cleansing can thwart the collection of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various components of the hearing aid, which can result in distorted sound with time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while avoiding any kind of fluids that can destroy the hearing aid electronics. Talk with your hearing specialist for specific guidance on cleaning each kind of hearing aid.
You may also prefer to consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which uses ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly kill dangerous pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also available with all of the tools you’ll need to safely and securely clean the device without causing harm to the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be tested and replaced regularly to ensure peak hearing aid functionality. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have sufficient power for the remainder of the day, and carry an extra set of batteries with you.
Before bedtime, when your hearing aids are not in use, turn them off and store them in a cool, dry spot with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a secure place – With respect to storage, you’ll want to bear in mind three things:
- Keep the hearing aids away from moisture. In other words, storing your hearing aids in the bathroom is probably a bad idea.
- Try to avoid exposing the hearing aids—and hearing aid batteries—to extremes in temperature. 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 highly recommend storing your hearing aids in a case or drying kit within the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will defend the hearing aids from moisture, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
In addition, don’t forget to remove your hearing aids prior to showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – While earwax has many beneficial qualities, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it gets wedged within the hearing aid components, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re sustaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience too much earwax, think about scheduling a consultation with a professional.
Properly insert your hearing aids – While inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids consist of delicate 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 require more comprehensive cleaning or repair.
To assure that you continue to enjoy the best sound possible, we suggest having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional a minimum of twice a year.
Hearing care professionals can provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will on occasion replace parts. Staying current on this routine maintenance will increase the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you get the best sound.