If you’re new to owning a hearing aid, you might have some questions about hearing aid care. In fact, even if you’ve owned your hearing aid for some time, it’s always worth making sure you’re doing everything right. Taking improper care of your device could result in the hearing aid becoming damaged or wearing out. You’d then have to pay for someone to repair it, or buy a new one. If you look after your hearing aid correctly, however, you can keep it working perfectly and get years of use out of it.
If you want to make the most out of your hearing aid and make sure it lasts as long as possible, follow our guide. We’ll take you through the best techniques to properly care for your hearing aid, including how to handle, clean and store it.
Hearing Aid Care: Storing Your Hearing Aid
It’s important to store your hearing aid properly when you’re not using it. Don’t just leave it on a table or on the floor! Always place your hearing aid inside a hearing aid storage container. You can buy these from your hearing care professional, or online. You can even buy special dehumidifying boxes which help protect the hearing aid from moisture.
Never leave your hearing aid lying around, as they’re small and easy to use. Always make a point to store your hearing aid in the same place every time, so you don’t forget where you put it. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets – hearing aids are quite delicate and easy to damage. Always store your hearing aid somewhere dry, and don’t expose it to extreme temperatures. Overnight, leave the battery storage compartment open, so that any moisture can escape.
Hearing Aid Care: Avoid Moisture
Moisture is the number one enemy of the hearing aid. Your hearing aid contains circuity and electronics, so you must never get it wet. Even though some modern hearing aids are made to be water resistant, it doesn’t mean it’s completely waterproof. Always take your hearing aid out before showering, bathing or swimming. Never leave it in the bathroom, as steam can damage your hearing aid too.
If you want to apply hairspray, face cream or sun lotion, take your hearing aid out before applying. Only put it back in once the product has dried. If you do accidentally get your hearing aid wet, dry it straight away with a cloth. Remove the batteries and dry inside of the battery compartment, too. Never use a hairdryer as high heat can damage your hearing aid. If you are worried that moisture has damaged your hearing aid, seek professional advice.
If you’d like, you can purchase a special hearing aid dryer. These are designed to dry your hearing aid out overnight, so that moisture doesn’t get a chance to damage the components.
Hearing Aid Care: The Cleaning Routine
Ear wax doesn’t harm your ears, but a build-up of wax on your hearing aid can damage it. To make the most out of your hearing aid, clean it every night before you go to bed. Use a soft, dry, clean cloth such as a microfiber cloth. Wipe all around the hearing aid including inside the battery compartment. You can also buy hearing aid brushes, wax picks, and multi tools to help get rid of hard-to-reach wax.
Never attempt to use water, bleach, cleaning products or liquids on your hearing aid. Any kind of liquid could damage the sensitive components. The only part of your hearing aid which you can wash in water is the earmold, and only when you remove it from the rest of the device. Make sure the earmold dries completely before putting your hearing aid together again.
Most hearing aids have a wax filter or wax guard. Its purpose is to catch the wax before it reaches the internal components. Over time, the wax filter can become clogged and need replacing. Make sure you do this regularly. If you’re not sure how, or which filter to use, contact a hearing care professional.
Hearing Aid Care: Caring For The Batteries
Modern hearing aid batteries should last between 1 and 3 weeks, depending on how you care for them. If you treat the batteries properly, they’ll last longer.
To help your batteries last longer, make sure to disengage them overnight. There’s no point for the hearing aid to continue working when it isn’t in your ear, after all! For most hearing aids, the battery will disengage when the battery compartment is open. However, some kinds of hearing aid will require you to remove the battery completely. If you aren’t sure, talk to your hearing care professional.
Batteries don’t like extreme temperatures, so try your best not to let them get too hot or too cold. When you aren’t using your hearing aids, store them in cool, dry place such as a bedroom cabinet. Any spare batteries should also be stored carefully to avoid damage. If your bedside cabinet is in direct sunlight (next to a window), don’t leave your hearing aids sitting on top.
Hearing Aid Care: Handling Your Hearing Aid
Hearing aids consist of many delicate components and circuits. Although hearing aids are hardier than they used to be, they’re still quite fragile. They therefore should be handled with care. When you set your hearing aid down, place a towel or cloth underneath it. Placing your hearing aid on a hard or rough surface could cause damage. If you’re holding your hearing aid, make sure to keep it secure so that it doesn’t fall. Don’t place your hearing aid at the very edge of a table, or anywhere that it might get knocked. Make sure not to let anyone else handle your hearing aid, especially children.
Hearing Aid Care: When To See A Specialist
Finally, you should carry out regular listening checks on your hearing aid to make sure they’re working correctly. If you follow the above advice, your hearing aid should last for a very long time. However, there’s always a slim chance that the device could become defective or develop a fault. If you notice your hearing aid whistling loudly, sound cutting out, or the hearing aid losing its volume even with a fresh battery, it’s time to speak to a professional. Have a chat with our team at Sandia Hearing – we can offer you advice, and help resolve any problems you might have with your hearing aid.