How Should I Care For my Hearing Aid?

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

How would you deal with it if your hearing aid quit working at the worst possible moment. Like in the middle of a phone call?

Nobody wants that to happen! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and total health. You will get the greatest possible advantage from your hearing aids if you keep them functioning in peak condition.

The following are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them operating in peak condition.

1. Become Familiar With The Instruction Manual

The best results will be accomplished when you make use of the manual that was included with your hearing aids. These manuals normally include troubleshooting guides that will help you resolve many technical challenges.

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

The manual should address any issues related to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve had hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed substantially in recent years.

2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Bacteria often use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you don’t clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.

Ear infections can cause additional hearing trouble. Some of these problems are short lived but permanent damage can also occur.

Bacteria prefer damp surfaces, so wipe each hearing aid with a dry cloth before and after every use. Water can ruin your hearing aid so keep them out of water. Being careful not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to disinfect and clean them.

Clean them carefully once per 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. After cleaning, don’t leave them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids resting on a surface in your home will accumulate dust that contains bacteria.

Keep your devices in a cool, dry place as outlined by the manufacturer’s guidelines. Remember to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

Take an umbrella with you if it’s raining.

Your battery may drain faster because it needs to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always carry your charger with you.

Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to a sauna, blow dryer, or other extreme heat.

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you attend an important event.

When you take your hearing aids off to go to bed, turn them all the way off. If you’re not going to wear them for a prolonged period of time, always remove the battery. If you let your hearing aids sit for long periods of time with the battery in them, the life of the battery can be diminished and their delicate electronics can be harmed by battery acid.

The life of your battery can be significantly prolonged by adhering to these suggestions but it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare along, just in case.

5. Get a Hearing Professional to Clean Your Ears

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

With the right tools and know-how, it’s a simple procedure. It should only be done by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.

6. Insert Your Hearing Aids Above a Soft Surface

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the sink or toilet. This can definitely lead to dropping the hearing aid and breaking it. Always put in your devices over a soft surface such as a bed, sofa, or a folded towel placed on the kitchen table.

7. Talk to a Specialist if You’re Not Experiencing Better Hearing

If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t discontinue wearing them. Your situation can be improved. Schedule an appointment to come see us for an exam.