To help keep your hearing aids working effectively for years to come, you’ll want to learn about proper care and maintenance. And while it may feel like an additional burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will come to be easy and automatic.
The trick is developing productive habits.
If you assimilate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, before too long it won’t feel like any additional work at all.
Here are some tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing specialist will also discuss 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 crucial because daily hearing aid cleansing can protect against the accumulation of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various parts of the hearing aid, which can lead to distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while averting any kind of fluids that could destroy the hearing aid electronics. Consult with your hearing specialist for special guidance on cleaning each kind of hearing aid.
You may also consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which utilizes ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill hazardous pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the tools you’ll require to safely and securely clean the device without harming the electronics.
Check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be checked and replaced regularly to ensure peak hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester in the morning to assure you have plenty of power for the rest of the day, and carry a spare set of batteries with you.
Before bedtime, when your hearing aids are not being used, turn them off and store them in a cool, dry spot with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a safe and secure 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 recommend storing your hearing aids in a container or drying kit inside the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will safeguard the hearing aids from moisture, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
In addition, remember to remove your hearing aids before taking a shower, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has several favorable attributes, like protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it becomes wedged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re keeping up appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience significant earwax, think about scheduling a visit with a professional.
Carefully put in your hearing aids – When inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case that the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids come with fragile electronics, so a fall on a hard surface can cause significant damage.
Even with meticulous cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will call for more thorough cleaning or repair.
To ensure that you consistently enjoy the best sound possible, we highly recommend having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional a minimum of twice per year.
Hearing care professionals can provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will on occasion replace parts. Staying on top of this routine maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you achieve the best sound.