To help keep your hearing aids functioning properly for years to come, you need to learn about proper care and maintenance. And although it may feel like an additional burden, with the right system your hearing aid care will become easy and automatic.
The key is building effective habits.
If you include your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, after a while 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 go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids on a daily basis – Try to integrate your hearing aid cleansing into your nightly routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is crucial because daily hearing aid cleansing can protect against the accumulation of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various components of the hearing aid, which can lead to distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a soft, dry cloth, while averting any fluids that can ruin the hearing aid electronics. Check with your hearing specialist for special guidance on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also wish to consider buying a hearing aid sanitizer, which utilizes ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly 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 harm to the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be tested and replaced frequently to ensure top hearing aid operation. Consider using a battery tester early in the day to ensure you have adequate power for the remainder of the day, and carry a spare set of batteries with you.
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 safe and secure place – In regard to storage, you’ll want to try 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 highly recommend storing your hearing aids in a container or drying kit inside the drawer of a bedroom side table. This will defend the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
Also, don’t forget to remove your hearing aids prior to showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has many helpful characteristics, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can wreak havoc on hearing aids. As it gets lodged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re maintaining proper ear hygiene, and if you experience significant earwax, think about scheduling a consultation with a professional.
Carefully insert your hearing aids – While inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event that the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain sensitive electronics, so a fall on a hard surface can cause significant damage.
Even with careful cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will call for more comprehensive cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to receive the best sound possible, we highly recommend having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at the least two times per year.
Hearing care professionals will render a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying on top of this regular maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you achieve the optimal sound.