To help keep your hearing aids working effectively for years to come, you’ll want to learn about proper care and maintenance. And though it may feel like an additional burden, with the right plan your hearing aid care will become effortless and automatic.
The key is building productive habits.
If you include your hearing aid care into your everyday and nightly routines, after a while it won’t seem like any additional work at all.
The following are a few tips for the daily care of your hearing aids (which your hearing professional will also go over with you):
Clean your hearing aids on a daily basis – Make an effort to incorporate your hearing aid cleaning into your evening routine, so it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth. Daily cleaning is crucial because daily hearing aid cleaning can prevent 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 liquids that could destroy the hearing aid electronics. Consult your hearing specialist for special guidance on cleaning each style of hearing aid.
You might also consider investing in a hearing aid sanitizer, which applies ultraviolet light to safely and completely kill hazardous pathogens. Hearing aid cleaning kits are also available with all of the tools you’ll need to safely clean the device without damaging the electronics.
Always check the batteries – Hearing aid batteries should be examined and replaced regularly to assure top hearing aid performance. Consider using a battery tester each morning to ensure you have plenty 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 being used, shut them off and store them in a cool, dry location with the battery door open.
Store your hearing aids in a secure place – In regard to storage, you’ll want to keep in mind 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 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 protect the hearing aids from moisture, temperature extremes, and damage from being knocked off the table.
In addition, remember to take out your hearing aids prior to showering, swimming, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
Maintain ear hygiene – While earwax has several beneficial qualities, like 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.
Ensure that you’re maintaining appropriate ear hygiene, and if you experience increased earwax, consider setting up a consultation with a professional.
Carefully put in your hearing aids – When inserting your hearing aids, lean over a table or soft surface in the event the hearing aids fall. Hearing aids contain sensitive electronics, so a fall on a hard surface could produce severe damage.
Even with careful 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 at least two times a year.
Hearing care professionals can provide you with a deep cleaning, a tune-up, and will sometimes replace parts. Staying on top of this routine maintenance will prolong the life of your hearing aids and will ensure that you achieve the optimal sound.