To keep your hearing aids working 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 system your hearing aid care will become effortless and automatic.
The key is building effective habits.
If you integrate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, after a while it won’t feel like any additional work at all.
Below are some tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing professional will also discuss with you):
Clean your hearing aids on a daily basis – Aim to include your hearing aid cleansing into your evening routine, so it will become as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is imperative 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 result in distorted sound over time.
You’ll want to clean your hearing aid with a soft, dry cloth, while avoiding any kind of liquids that can destroy the hearing aid electronics. Talk with your hearing professional for specialized instructions on cleaning each model of hearing aid.
You may also consider buying a hearing aid sanitizer, which makes use of ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely clean the device without causing harm to the electronics.
Check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be examined and replaced regularly to assure peak hearing aid functionality. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have a sufficient amount of power for the rest of the day, and keep an extra set of batteries with you.
At night, when your hearing aids are not in use, shut them off and store them in a cool, dry spot with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a safe place – In regard to storage, you’ll want to try 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.
- 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 within the drawer of a bedroom side table. This will safeguard the hearing aids from moisture, temperature extremes, and damage from being knocked off the table.
Also, always remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has several beneficial attributes, like protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can cause severe damage to your hearing aids. As it becomes lodged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Make sure you’re keeping up appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience increased earwax, think about booking a consultation with a professional.
Properly put in your hearing aids – When putting in your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in case the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids come with vulnerable electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could cause significant damage.
Even with scrupulous cleaning and maintenance, over time the hearing aid will require more thorough cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to yield the best sound possible, we highly recommend having your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing specialist at least two times a year.
Hearing care professionals can render a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying current on this routine maintenance will extend the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you achieve the best sound.