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 deal with it if your hearing aid stopped working at the worst possible time. Such as when you’re in a crucial meeting.

Nobody wants that to occur! Your hearing aids are an important investment in your hearing, happiness, and general health. Keeping them functioning at maximum condition allows you to obtain the greatest possible benefits from them.

You can correctly take care of your hearing aids and keep them functioning in top condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Get to Know The Instruction Manual

The best results will be attained when you use the manual that came with your hearing aids. Many technical difficulties you might be experiencing can be solved by the trouble-shooting guides that are included with these manuals.

Always check out the manual first if something isn’t working properly.

The manual should address any problems related to the performance of your hearing aids. Newer 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 changes in hearing aid technology in the past few years.

2. Clean Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

While there’s always some harmless bacteria on your skin, if you don’t wash your hands or thoroughly clean the hearing aids, it can result in an infection.

Ear infections can trigger further hearing concerns. Some of these issues are short lived but permanent damage can also happen.

After each 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 often with an alcohol-free wipe, being cautious not to get it too wet.

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

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

3. Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Getting wet is not something that most hearing aids are made to do. Even high humidity can cause damage. After cleaning, don’t keep them on the nightstand.

Hearing aids will collect dust which has bacteria if they are left lying on an exposed surface.

Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Before you go into the shower or bathe, be sure you take them out. Leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom when you shower because there will be moisture in the air.

When it’s raining, carry an umbrella.

Your battery may die faster because it has to use more energy in a moist environment, so you should always bring your charger with you.

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

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Don’t get caught without a spare battery at your child’s concert.

Turn your hearing aids completely off before you go to bed. Take out the batteries if you’re going to go for a long period without wearing your hearing aids. You’ll get more life from the battery this way, and you’ll avoid the chance of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s fragile electronics.

You can substantially extend the life of your batteries with this guidance but always bring 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 inside the canal. Voices will eventually begin to sound distorted as this earwax builds up. Make an appointment for a cleaning with your hearing specialist if your hearing seems dull and muted.

The removal process is simple with the right tools. It should only be conducted by a trained professional with the expertise to take care of and service your hearing aids.

6. Put in Your Hearing Aids Over a Soft Surface

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

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

If you’re not having the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. Your situation can be enhanced. Make an appointment for a consultation.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Schedule an appointment to see if hearing aids could benefit you.