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Caring For and Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

Caring for and Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

Whether your hearing loss is caused by aging, excessive noise damage, or some other condition, your hearing aids represent a significant investment. You carefully chose the right type for yourself, and have come to appreciate how they operate. Your hearing aids not only help you hear better, but can drastically improve your quality of life by connecting you to the people around you. Let us help you to keep them in great working condition so you can use them for years to come.

Your hearing aids are a lot more than tiny amplifiers — they’re advanced pieces of electronic equipment that offer you essential benefits. They won’t last forever, but with proper care and maintenance, they can function well until it’s time for an upgrade. To help you maintain them, we’ll talk about the major maintenance issues that can affect their function, and how to keep them in tip-top shape. Those issues include:

  • Cleaning
  • Listening checks
  • Battery care
  • Storage
  • Moisture
  • Chemicals/environment

Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Life gets messy sometimes, and sadly, so do your hearing aids. No matter how clean you think your ears are, your hearing aids are going to need to be cleaned. Maintaining them should be something you do actively and daily, like brushing your teeth or combing your hair. While they won’t necessarily need to be cleaned thoroughly every day, it’s important to check them daily for ear wax, dirt, or other things that can affect their function.

To make sure your hearing aids are clean, remove the ear molds and clean them with a soft cloth. You can also use a mild soap solution. However, you must be sure the ear molds are dry before reattaching them to any electronic components. To dry them, simply let them rest or use a gentle forced-air blower (not a hair dryer). Changing any filters regularly will help keep your hearing aids clean. Cleaning, or at least checking them for cleanliness, should only take a couple of minutes. And like anything else, the more often you do it, the quicker and easier it will be.

Listening Checks

Also daily, do a quick listening check. With a listening tube, you can actually listen to your hearing aids. Make sure the sound is clear and strong, without any strange noises. Your hearing aid professional or audiologist can show you exactly how to perform these listening checks. Doing this daily can also help you be aware of when your batteries start to get low.

Battery Care

Hearing aid batteries may vary from model to model, as will battery life. As a general rule, your batteries should last a week or two, depending on use and hearing aid type. As stated, if you perform daily listening checks, it shouldn’t be a surprise when batteries start to weaken. However, you can also use a battery tester to ensure they’re at full strength. It’s also a good idea to keep an extra set of batteries with you all the time. Keep the batteries in a cool, dry place where they won’t get lost.

When batteries need to be changed, make sure your hands are clean to prevent any dirt or debris from getting into your hearing aids. Remember, too, that batteries are toxic if they leak, so dispose of them properly and handle them with care. Never leave dead batteries in your hearing aids, as they can swell and leak. For longer battery life, many users remove the batteries at night when their hearing aids are not in use. And if you won’t be using them for a while, definitely remove the batteries.

Storing Your Hearing Aids

Since you probably won’t be using your hearing aids 24/7, you need to know how to store them properly when they aren’t in your ears. Turn them off or remove the batteries when not in use. Also, make sure your chosen storage spot is cool (not cold) and dry. We never recommend keeping them in the bathroom or other areas where moisture can get to them. Also, avoid putting them in direct sunlight where the heat can damage them.

Whether you store your hearing aids on your bedside table overnight, in a jewelry box, or in a special drawer, keep them in a case or box. This will keep them from getting lost, or falling on the floor where they could be damaged or stepped on. After all, the last thing you need is a missing or broken hearing aid! And it goes without saying that they should be kept secure from young children or pets.

Stay Away From Moisture

It seems like a no-brainer, but water and hearing aids don’t exactly get along. In fact, moisture can ruin your hearing aids, costing you valuable money and time for replacement. Moisture simply must be minimized around your hearing aids. Never wear them in a shower, pool area, or steam room. If you’re exercising, you may want to remove them to protect them from excess sweat.

Special drying containers for hearing aids are available. These can draw out any excess moisture to keep it from building up and wreaking havoc on the delicate components. Before placing your hearing aids in any drying case or container, be sure to remove the batteries and put them in a secure spot.

Chemicals/Environment

If you wear makeup , lotion, or put styling products in your hair, be sure you avoid contact with your hearing aids. Don’t handle them with lotion on your hands, and be sure you don’t get too close to your hearing aids when applying makeup. In fact, it’s probably best to take them out altogether until you’re finished.

Powders, hair sprays, and other products can clog the microphone and affect the function of volume control switches. Be aware of keeping your hearing aids out of the reach of other household chemicals, too. They can damage your hearing aids and cause moisture build-up.

Care For Your Hearing Aids So They’ll Last As Long As They’re Supposed To!

With proper care, your hearing aids will give you years of better hearing. If something does go wrong, and you have exhausted home troubleshooting methods, take them to an authorized hearing aid professional. Attempting repairs yourself can not only damage your hearing aids, but will likely void your warranty. With simple maintenance, however, your hearing aids should be virtually trouble-free.

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