To help keep your hearing aids functioning correctly 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 process your hearing aid care will become simple and automatic.
The key is building productive habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your day-to-day and nightly routines, before too long it won’t feel like any additional work at all.
Here are a few tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing professional will also go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids on a daily basis – Aim to incorporate your hearing aid cleansing into your evening routine, so it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is vital because daily hearing aid cleaning can minimize the accumulation of earwax, dirt, and dust into the various components of the hearing aid, which can result in distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while avoiding any liquids that can destroy the hearing aid electronics. Consult with your hearing specialist for specialized directions on cleaning each kind of hearing aid.
You might also wish to consider buying a hearing aid sanitizer, which utilizes ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also available with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely clean the device without damaging the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be checked and replaced frequently to assure peak hearing aid operation. Consider using a battery tester each morning to assure you have an adequate amount of power for the rest of the day, and keep a spare set of batteries with you.
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 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.
- Try to avoid subjecting 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 highly recommend keeping 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 pushed 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 advantageous properties, like protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it gets lodged within the hearing aid components, sound can become distorted.
Make sure you’re sustaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience excessive earwax, think about booking a visit with a professional.
Properly put in your hearing aids – While inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain vulnerable electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could bring about severe damage.
Even with vigilant cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will require more detailed cleaning or repair.
To assure that you consistently yield the best sound possible, we highly recommend getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at the least two times per year.
Hearing care professionals can provide 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 assure that you get the best sound.