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5 Simple Hearing Aid Care Habits To Implement This New Year


If you have been considering developing new healthy habits as one or more of your New Year’s Resolutions, you may want to look at your hearing aid care habits. These habits can extend or shorten the lifespan of your hearing aids, depending on what you do.

To help you protect your hearing aids and hearing health, our doctors of audiology here at Hearing & Balance Doctors have 5 easy and simple hearing aid care habits you should develop this year.

1. Wipe Your Hearing Aids Nightly

One of the easiest things you can do to protect your hearing aids is to wipe them down every night before you put them away. You should use a soft, microfiber cloth and wipe down the casing and earmold. By doing this, you can keep from earwax and moisture from building up on and in your hearing aids.

2. Swap Hearing Aid Batteries Regularly

A false economy some people try to practice is using their hearing aid batteries for too long and not changing them out for fresh ones. Batteries which have little power left can cause leave your hearing aids underpowered and unable to deliver the right amount of sound, making you tax your hearing and frustrate you.

Instead of doing this, make sure you swap out your hearing aid batteries on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure how often you should change them out, you can ask our audiologists for advice.

3. Book Quarterly Professional Cleanings

To ensure your hearing aids remain in top condition, it is best that you book a professional hearing aid cleaning appointment with one of our audiologists on a quarterly basis. This practice will ensure that all the nooks and crannies of your hearing aids are free from damage and any built up earwax or debris. Our audiologists will also check if your hearing aids need any repairs.

Even better, for those who purchased hearing aids from our audiologist, this service is free to access. So, all you have to do is make the appointment at our hearing clinic.

4. Use A Hearing Aid Dehumidifier

Moisture is the biggest danger to your hearing aids, not just water in pools and showers, but your sweat, earwax, and environmental humidity are also factors which are tough to control. To protect your hearing aids from day-to-day moisture, you should utilize a hearing aid dehumidifier.

All you need to do is take your hearing aids out, pop open the battery doors, and set them in your dehumidifier. This machine will safely dry your hearing aids out, so they are ready to be put in your ears in the morning.

5. Deep Clean Your Hearing Aids Weekly

Wiping down your hearing aids on a nightly basis will serve you well, but it is good to set a regular time where you give your hearing aids a more thorough cleaning. You don’t need to use any cleaning chemicals, as they are far more likely to damage your hearing aids than help them.

Instead, take a hearing aid brush and pick then go over all the various openings on your hearing aids, cleaning out any impact wax or debris. Also, be sure to clean your battery contacts, checking for corrosion.

If you need more help with your hearing aids, whether you need repairs or a consultation for a new set of hearing aids, contact us to consult with one of our audiologists. We look forward to helping you with all your hearing needs.

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