To keep your hearing aids working correctly for years to come, you need to learn proper care and maintenance. And although it may seem like an additional burden, with the right process your hearing aid care will become effortless and automatic.
The trick is building effective habits.
If you assimilate your hearing aid care into your daily and nightly routines, after a while it won’t seem like any additional work at all.
The following are some 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 include your hearing aid cleaning into your evening routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. This is crucial because daily hearing aid cleaning can minimize 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 smooth, dry cloth, while averting any fluids that could damage the hearing aid electronics. Check with your hearing professional for specific instructions on cleaning each type of hearing aid.
You might also consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which makes use of ultraviolet light to safely and thoroughly kill harmful pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also obtainable with all of the instruments you’ll need to safely clean the device without harming the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be checked and replaced regularly to assure peak hearing aid operation. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have a sufficient amount of power for the rest of the day, and carry 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 place with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a safe place – In regard 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 suggest storing your hearing aids in a case or drying kit within the drawer of a bedroom side table. This will safeguard the hearing aids from dampness, temperature extremes, and damage from being bumped off the table.
In addition, remember to remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – While earwax has many favorable characteristics, including protection and lubrication of the ear canal, it can wreak havoc on hearing aids. As it becomes lodged within the hearing aid hardware, sound can become distorted.
Ensure that you’re maintaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you have significant earwax, consider scheduling a visit with a professional.
Carefully insert your hearing aids – While inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids include fragile electronics, so a fall on a hard surface can produce significant damage.
Even with diligent cleaning and maintenance, after a while the hearing aid will require more detailed cleaning or repair.
To make sure that you continue to get the best sound possible, we advise getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned by a hearing specialist a minimum of twice per year.
Hearing care professionals will provide a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying current on this periodic maintenance will extend the life of your hearing aids and will assure that you get the optimal sound.