How Should I Take Care of my Hearing Aid?

Woman putting on her hearing aid over the couch in case she drops it.

How would you handle it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible moment. Such as in the middle of a phone call?

Nobody wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and general health. Keeping them working in peak condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.

You can correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

Your hearing aids came with a manual describing how to take care of them to experience the best results. These manuals frequently come with troubleshooting guides that will help you address many technical difficulties.

If something isn’t functioning properly, always consult the manual first.

Any issues involving the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Modern hearing aids function differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. After all, there have been many advances in hearing aid technology in the last few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you use them, an ear infection can occur.

Ear infections can cause further hearing issues. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also take place.

After every use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread faster on moist surfaces. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Disinfect them frequently with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.

Clean them carefully once a week, including any custom mold pieces.

Regularly cleaning your hearing aids will help stop wax buildup on the earpiece.

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t keep them on the nightstand after cleaning.

Hearing aids will gather dust which has bacteria if they are left sitting on an open surface.

Stay within the guidance of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Remember to take them out before you bathe or shower. Keep your hearing aids in another room when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

Bring an umbrella with you if it’s raining.

Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.

Don’t allow your hearing aid to be exposed to intense heat, such as a blow dryer or sauna, as that can also damage them.

4. Avoid Draining The Battery

Don’t get caught without a backup battery at your nephew’s concert.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to sleep. Remove the batteries if you’re going to go for a long period without wearing your hearing aids. If you let your hearing aids sit for long time periods with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be decreased and their delicate electronics can be harmed by battery acid.

You can significantly prolong the life of your batteries with this guidance but always carry a spare battery, just in case.

5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears

Anytime you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a small amount of earwax into the canal. Voices will eventually start to sound distorted as this earwax builds up. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing professional if your hearing seems dull and muted.

The removal procedure is simple with the right tools. An expert in hearing should be the only individual who conducts this procedure.

6. When You’re Inserting Your Hearing Aids, do it Above a Soft Surface

Taking the risk of dropping your hearing aid into the toilet or sink is really not worth it. This can easily result in dropping the hearing aid and damaging it. Always insert your devices over a soft surface like a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on a table or counter.

7. If You’re Not Experiencing Improved Hearing, Consult a Specialist

If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. There are solutions. Schedule an appointment to come see us.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.