To help keep your hearing aids working effectively for years to come, you’ll need to learn proper care and maintenance. And while it may feel like an additional burden, with the right plan your hearing aid care will come to be easy and automatic.
The secret is building productive habits.
If you assimilate your hearing aid care into your day-to-day 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 specialist will also go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Attempt to integrate your hearing aid cleaning into your nightly routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is vital because daily hearing aid cleaning can protect against the build-up of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various parts of the hearing aid, which can lead to distorted sound with time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while averting any kind of fluids that can ruin the hearing aid electronics. Talk with your hearing professional for special directions on cleaning each type of hearing aid.
You may also consider purchasing a hearing aid sanitizer, which utilizes ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the tools you’ll require to safely clean the device without damaging the electronics.
Check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be tested and replaced regularly to ensure top hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester in the morning to ensure you have an adequate amount of power for the remainder of the day, and keep a spare 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 spot with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a secure place – In regard 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.
- 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 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 dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being pushed off the table.
In addition, don’t forget 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 helpful qualities, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can wreak havoc on hearing aids. As it gets lodged within the hearing aid components, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re maintaining proper ear hygiene, and if you experience excess earwax, consider booking a consultation with a professional.
Properly put in your hearing aids – When inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain fragile electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could result in significant damage.
Even with scrupulous cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will require more complete cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to achieve the best sound possible, we suggest getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing specialist 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 regular maintenance will expand the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you achieve the best sound.