To help keep your hearing aids functioning properly for years to come, you’ll want to learn proper care and maintenance. And although it may seem like an additional burden, with the right approach your hearing aid care will come to be effortless and automatic.
The trick is establishing effective habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, before too long it won’t feel like any extra work at all.
Below are a few tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing specialist will also review with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Try to incorporate your hearing aid cleaning into your evening routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is imperative because daily hearing aid cleansing can protect against the accumulation 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 fluids that could destroy the hearing aid electronics. Talk with your hearing professional for specialized guidelines on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also prefer to consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which utilizes ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill dangerous pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely and securely clean the device without damaging the electronics.
Check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should always be checked and replaced frequently to assure peak hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have plenty of power for the remainder of the day, and carry an extra set of batteries on hand.
Before bedtime, when your hearing aids are not being used, 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 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 recommend keeping your hearing aids in a case or drying kit within the drawer of a bedroom side-table. This will protect the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
In addition, make sure to take out your hearing aids before taking a shower, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – Even though earwax has many helpful characteristics, like protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can wreak havoc on hearing aids. As it gets wedged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Make sure you’re maintaining proper ear hygiene, and if you have excess earwax, think about booking a consultation with a professional.
Carefully put in your hearing aids – When putting in your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event that the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids consist of fragile electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could result in severe damage.
Even with careful cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will require more comprehensive cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you consistently receive the best sound possible, we recommend getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at least two times a year.
Hearing care professionals will provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying current on this periodic maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you get the optimal sound.