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 quit working at the worst possible moment. Like when you’re in an important meeting.

Nobody wants that to occur! It’s important to invest in hearing aids for your hearing, your happiness, and your overall health. Keeping them working in peak condition lets you obtain the greatest possible advantages from them.

You can correctly care for your hearing aids and keep them functioning in peak condition by implementing these 7 tips.

1. Become Familiar With The Instruction Manual

The best results will be attained when you use the manual that came with your hearing aids. These manuals typically come with troubleshooting guides that will help you solve many technical difficulties.

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

Any problems associated with the performance of your hearing aid should be addressed in the manual. Modern hearing aids work differently than the older models so even if you’ve used hearing aids before this is important. Obviously, hearing aid technology has progressed significantly in recent years.

2. Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean

Bacteria like to use hearing aids as a breeding ground.

If you fail to clean and disinfect your hearing aids and wash your hands before you handle them, an ear infection can occur.

Additional hearing problems can be the consequence of an ear infection. Most are temporary, but some can cause permanent damage.

After each use, wipe your hearing aids down with a dry cloth because bacteria bread more quickly on moist surfaces. You should never put your hearing aids in water. Being careful not to get them too wet, utilize an alcohol-free wet wipe to clean and disinfect.

Clean them thoroughly once per week, including any custom mold pieces.

The earpiece will be free of any wax accumulation with frequent cleaning.

3. Don’t Let Your Hearing Aids Get Wet

Most hearing aids are not made to get wet. They can even be damaged by high humidity. Don’t leave them on the nightstand after cleaning.

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

Stay within the recommendations of the manufacturer and keep them in a cool dry place. Don’t forget to take them out before you shower or take a bath. Leave your hearing aids in another room during your shower because there will be moisture in the air.

When it rains, bring an umbrella.

Always bring your charger with you because your battery could drain faster if there’s moisture in the air.

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

4. Keep The Battery Charged

Keep your battery charged and take a backup when you go to a significant event.

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

You can significantly extend the life of your batteries with this advice but always bring a spare battery, just in case.

5. Have Your Ears Cleaned Professionally

Anytime you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a little bit of earwax inside the canal. If you let this earwax build up, it may eventually cause voices to sound muffled. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check for excess earwax buildup.

The removal process is simple with the correct tools. It should only be performed by a trained professional with the expertise to service and care for your hearing aids.

6. When You’re Putting in Your Hearing Aids, do it Over a Soft Surface

Don’t chance dropping your hearing aids in the toilet or sink. Dropping and breaking your hearing aid becomes a substantial possibility in this situation. Over a couch, bed, or soft folded towel would be a suitable place to insert them.

7. If You Aren’t Experiencing Improved Hearing, Speak to a Specialist

You need to continue to wear your hearing aids even if you aren’t currently having the best success. There are answers. Schedule an appointment for a consultation.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.