To help keep your hearing aids functioning properly for years to come, you’ll need to learn proper care and maintenance. And although it may feel like an extra burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will come to be easy and automatic.
The trick is creating productive habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your everyday and nightly routines, pretty soon it won’t feel like any extra work at all.
The following 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 – Aim to integrate your hearing aid cleansing into your nightly routine, so it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is essential 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 lead to distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a smooth, dry cloth, while averting any kind of liquids that can ruin the hearing aid electronics. Talk with your hearing specialist for specialized guidelines on cleaning each model of hearing aid.
You may also consider buying a hearing aid sanitizer, which uses ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also available with all of the instruments you’ll require to safely clean the device without causing damage to the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be examined and replaced regularly to assure peak hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester early in the day to ensure you have enough power for the remainder of the day, and carry an extra 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. 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 highly recommend keeping your hearing aids in a container or drying kit inside the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will protect the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being knocked 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 – Even though earwax has several useful attributes, such as 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 keeping up proper ear hygiene, and if you have excessive earwax, consider booking a consultation with a professional.
Properly insert your hearing aids – When inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain delicate electronics, so a fall on a hard surface can bring about severe damage.
Even with vigilant cleaning and maintenance, over time the hearing aid will require more complete cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to enjoy the best sound possible, we suggest having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing specialist at a minimum twice per year.
Hearing care professionals will provide a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying current on this routine maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you achieve the best sound.