Maintaining hearing aids is just as important as any other device. While they can have a powerful affect on your ability to hear, hearing aids will not be able to function properly if treated carelessly or allowed to fall into neglect. Fortunately, daily care for the hearing aid
is not difficult, and with the right amount of effort, you can keep yours in good working order. If a hearing loss test has determined that you need hearing aids, check out the following care and maintenance tips:
- Handle in a clean environment – When handling your hearing aids, make sure your hands and fingers are clean. Everything from dirt to food particles to make-up and toiletries—even the oils on your skin—can clog up and block your hearing aids. To be extra careful, use a tissue when handling. Also, avoid the use of aerosols such as hair spray and spray deodorant near your hearing aids, as these can leave a residue which can also affect the performance of your hearing aids.
- Watch for ear wax build-up – Ear wax is natural, but letting wax build up in your ears isn’t good for your hearing aids. The amount of ear wax produced will differ from person to person, but regularly cleaning wax from your ears will prevent wax build-up on your hearing aids. Check with your audiologist to find out how to clean your hearing aids properly if there is any build-up. And you may also want to consider using wax guards if you have excessive ear wax.
- Keep away from moisture – Hearing aids rely on electricity to function, so keeping them away from sources of moisture and high humidity is a must. Always take out your hearing aids before you swim, bathe, shower, or participate in any sport or activity where water is present, and don’t store them in a humid location such as your bathroom. Even wearing your hearing aids at night is not a good idea as moisture can gather in the ear canal, so take them out before going to sleep. When cleaning your hearing aids, use a soft, dry cloth rather than any liquid or chemical cleaners.
- Prolong the life of the battery – Instead of turning your hearing aids off and on throughout the day, which does not extend battery life, simply deactivate the battery when you know you won’t be using it for a long period of time, such as overnight when you’re sleeping. To deactivate, open the battery door but leave the battery inside. It’s also a good idea to keep spare batteries with you, or even use a battery tester if you have concerns about it.
- Get regular device checkups – Keep track daily of how your hearing aids are performing and take note of any high-pitched whistling sounds or other feedback when the aids are in your ears. By staying on top of any issues that may arise and making regular visits to the audiologist for adjustments, you can keep your hearing aids performing at an optimal level.
Have a question about your hearing aids or hearing test results? Talk to the experts at Resonance Hearing Aids: 720-660-8960. Or check out answers to some hearing aid and audiogram common questions