Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips
Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips
Hearing aids are not only incredibly powerful tools that help improve our quality of life – for most people – they are also quite a financial investment. Hearing aid wearers will want to be sure they are doing everything possible to properly care for their hearing aids, to help ensure they do their job for many years to come. We’ve compiled this helpful overview on some easy steps you can follow for excellent care of your hearing aids.
Daily Care and Safeguard Measures
there are some very simple daily routines you can follow that will help to prolong the life and energy of your hearing aids.
1. Keep your aids dry
Your hearing aids are full of extremely complicated and sensitive micro technology – that can be easily damaged if they come into contact with water or moisture. Even though some hearing aids are now considered water-resistant, it is still important to remove them when showering or swimming. It is also helpful to be cognizant of other times your aids might come into contact with water – such as in a bathroom directly after a shower, in humid climates or when sweating during physical activity. If your hearing aids every do get wet, pat them dry with a clean towel as soon as you can. Do not attempt to use a blow dryer or other type of heat source to dry your hearing aids – you’ll be doing more damage than good!
2. Be aware of sprays, lotions or makeup
It is recommended that you do not wear your hearing aids until you have completely finished with any morning routines that involve using lotions, sprays or makeup near your face or ears. Even spraying cologne or perfume near your hearing aids may cause damage over a period of time.
3. Store in a cool, dry, safe place
When you are not wearing your hearing aids, it is important to store them somewhere they will be protected from moisture, falling, or the curiosity of children or pets. Another helpful hint is to keep your aids in the same place each time you remove them – this will also help to reduce the risk of misplacing your aids!
Cleaning and Hygiene Maintenance
While major cleaning issues or repairs should be left to the professionals, there are some routine maintenance procedures that can be safely performed at home.
1. Keep your aids free of wax buildup
None of us like to think about wax buildup in our hearing aids, however, earwax is a very natural and healthy function of our ears. While our ears are trying to do their job – earwax can sometimes buildup in our hearing aids, and can even cause listening issues. When you remove your hearing aids each evening, use a soft cotton swab to gently rub earwax off your device. Some hearing aids use wax filters that can be removed or cleaned at home. You and your hearing aid specialist will discuss the wax filter of your specific device at your fitting.
2. Clean your aids with the right tools
It is recommended that hearing aids be deep cleaned at least weekly at home. When doing so, it is imperative you use the correct tools. Never use cleaning solutions or foreign objects such as safety pins or needles to attempt to clean your hearing aids. Instead, use specialized cleaning tools. These tools often come in kits that include a wax pick and brush to gently and safely remove earwax and debris. These kits can be purchased through your hearing aid specialist or online. It is important to discuss proper cleaning and maintenance of your specific hearing aids with your specialist, as different styles of aids require different cleaning techniques.
3. Leave repairs to the professionals
Most issues with hearing aid performance is due to earwax or debris buildup somewhere on the hearing aid. If you are experiencing any issues, first properly cleaning your hearing aids using the correct tools and procedures. If cleaning does not solve the issue, schedule an appointment with your hearing health care professional. Never try to dismantle your hearing aids or repair them yourself using tools at home. More often than not, you’ll just end up damaging your hearing aids further.