While you will likely need to change them out periodically over the years, good care and maintenance are the keys to keeping your hearing aids in top condition.
Dos and don’ts of hearing aid care
When you wear hearing aids, it is important to have a daily routine to keep them working properly. Conversely, some actions should not be taken with hearing aids, specifically ones that can potentially damage them to the point of having to be replaced. We suggest the following:
- Make sure to store your hearing aids in a safe place that is not only dry, but also cool.
- Check your batteries and change them well before they go dead (if they are not rechargeable).
- Turn off your hearing aids when you aren’t using them. You may want to remove the batteries and clean their contact points occasionally to make sure everything connects properly.
- If your hearing aids are rechargeable, remember to place them in the recharging unit each night to maintain optimal performance.
- Change the filters occasionally so they don’t build up with dirt, and clean the hearing aids using the small brush or cloth that came with them.
- Talk to a hearing care professional about having the earwax buildup cleaned out of your ear. This will help improve your hearing by removing wax that can block the canal. Do not attempt to do this yourself, as it could result in further damage to your ears.
- Wear your hearing aids in the shower or when swimming (unless they are waterproof—they should be IP68 certified). Water will damage the inner workings of typical hearing aids.
- Use your hearing aid with a hair dryer, hair spray, or any other type of spray.
- Use any tools on your hearing aids this may result in serious or permanent malfunctions to the receivers.
- Ignore your hearing aids. If you can’t clean your hearing aids or your hearing aids aren’t working properly, always contact a hearing aid provider for advice and repairs.
Talk to a hearing care professional today
Call 855-355-9064 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation appointment with a hearing care professional. Attending follow-up visits and maintaining your hearing aids as recommended will help maximize the benefits you receive from them, extend their lifespan, and allow you to enjoy the best possible hearing for years to come.