To keep your hearing aids functioning properly for years to come, you’ll want to learn about proper care and maintenance. And while it may seem like an extra burden, with the right plan your hearing aid care will become easy and automatic.
The secret is building productive habits.
If you include your hearing aid care into your day-to-day and nightly routines, before long 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 go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Make an effort to incorporate your hearing aid cleaning into your nightly routine, so it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is important because daily hearing aid cleansing can minimize the accumulation of earwax, dirt, and dust into the different components of the hearing aid, which can result in distorted sound with time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a soft, dry cloth, while averting any fluids that could damage the hearing aid electronics. Consult with your hearing specialist for special directions on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which uses 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 causing harm to the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should always be checked and replaced frequently to assure peak hearing aid functionality. Consider using a battery tester each morning to assure you have a sufficient amount of power for the remainder of the day, and keep an extra set of batteries on hand.
At night, when your hearing aids are not in use, turn them off and store them in a cool, dry place with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a safe place – In regard to storage, you’ll want to bear in mind three things:
- Keep the hearing aids away from moisture. This means that 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 recommend keeping your hearing aids in a case or drying kit inside the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will protect the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being knocked off the table.
Also, remember to remove your hearing aids before taking a shower, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – While earwax has several useful properties, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it becomes wedged within the hearing aid components, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re maintaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience increased earwax, consider booking a visit with a professional.
Properly put in your hearing aids – While putting in your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain delicate electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could cause significant damage.
Even with vigilant cleaning and maintenance, over time the hearing aid will call for more comprehensive cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you consistently receive the best sound possible, we highly recommend getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at a minimum twice a year.
Hearing care professionals can provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying current on this routine maintenance will increase the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you achieve the best sound.