To keep your hearing aids working effectively for years to come, you’ll want to learn about proper care and maintenance. And though it may seem like an extra burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will come to be effortless and automatic.
The trick is building productive habits.
If you assimilate your hearing aid care into your everyday and nightly routines, pretty soon it won’t feel like any extra work at all.
Below are some tips for the day-to-day care of your hearing aids (which your hearing professional will also review with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Attempt to include your hearing aid cleaning into your nightly routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is crucial because daily hearing aid cleaning can thwart the build-up of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various parts of the hearing aid, which can cause distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while avoiding any fluids that could damage the hearing aid electronics. Consult your hearing professional for special guidance on cleaning each type of hearing aid.
You may also wish to consider buying a hearing aid sanitizer, which uses 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 clean the device without causing damage to the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should always be checked and replaced regularly to assure top hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have plenty of power for the rest of the day, and carry an extra set of batteries on hand.
Before bedtime, when your hearing aids are not in use, turn them off and store them in a cool, dry location with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a secure place – With respect to storage, you’ll want to keep 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 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 highly 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 dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being knocked off the table.
In addition, remember to remove your hearing aids prior to showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has several beneficial qualities, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it gets lodged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re keeping up proper ear hygiene, and if you experience too much earwax, consider booking a consultation with a professional.
Properly insert your hearing aids – While putting in your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids consist of delicate electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could bring about significant damage.
Even with vigilant cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will call for more comprehensive cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to achieve the best sound possible, we highly recommend getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at the least two times a year.
Hearing care professionals will render a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will on occasion replace parts. Staying on top of this routine maintenance will extend the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you get the optimal sound.