To keep your hearing aids functioning effectively for years to come, you’ll want to learn proper care and maintenance. And while it may feel like an additional burden, with the right process your hearing aid care will become easy and automatic.
The secret is creating productive habits.
If you incorporate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, before long it won’t seem like any extra work at all.
Here are a few tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing specialist will also go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids daily – Try to integrate your hearing aid cleansing into your evening routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is important because daily hearing aid cleansing can prevent the collection 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 smooth, dry cloth, while averting any fluids that could ruin the hearing aid electronics. Check with your hearing specialist for specialized instructions on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also prefer to consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which makes use of ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also available with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely clean the device without destroying the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should always be checked and replaced regularly to assure top hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester early in the day to ensure you have plenty of power for the rest of the day, and keep an extra set of batteries on hand.
At night, when your hearing aids are not in use, shut them off and store them in a cool, dry place 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. In other words, storing your hearing aids in the bathroom is probably a bad idea.
- Try to 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 keeping your hearing aids in a case 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 pushed off the table.
Also, always remove your hearing aids prior to taking a shower, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – While earwax has many helpful properties, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can wreak havoc on hearing aids. As it becomes wedged within the hearing aid components, sound can become distorted.
Make sure you’re maintaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you have significant earwax, consider 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 consist of vulnerable electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could bring about significant damage.
Even with scrupulous cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will call for more complete cleaning or repair.
To ensure that you continue to get the best sound possible, we highly recommend getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing professional at the least two times a year.
Hearing care professionals can provide a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying on top of this periodic maintenance will extend the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you get the optimal sound.