Proper Care for Your Hearing Aid

Your hearing aid represents a sizeable investment. As a result, it has enhanced your life by enabling you to hear better. But as with many things, we sometimes take the things that bring the most meaning to our lives for granted, and forget to take proper care of them.

Hearing aids contain many tiny parts and should be considered sensitive precision instruments. Rough handling and moisture can damage the miniaturized electronics in modern hearing aids. Dust, dirt and ear wax can clog the microphone, receiver or both. However, with regular care and maintenance, your hearing aid can last for many years, and continue to perform its function as well as it was designed to. What follows are some do’s and don’ts of hearing aid maintenance.

Always treat your hearing aid with care

  1. When removing your hearing aid from its packaging or temporary container, stand over soft ground so that if it falls, it falls onto a soft surface not a hard floor.
  2. Try to never expose your hearing aid to high heat or extreme cold.
  3. Don’t use chemical solvents or alcohol to clean the hearing aid.
  4. Apply hair care and styling products before you insert your hearing aid. Hair gels and hairspray can clog the components and can sometimes affect the exterior plastic too.

Never expose the hearing aid to water

  1. Electronic hearing aids and their electronic components are very sensitive to moisture.
  2. Always remove it before showering, swimming, or bathing, and never try to clean it with a dripping wet cloth.
  3. Always remove your hearing aid before going to sleep, and store it overnight in a place that is clean and dry.
  4. When you reinsert your hearing aid after showering or bathing, make sure that your ears are completely dry.
  5. One of the most common causes of hearing aids having to be returned for service is the buildup of moisture; an inexpensive hearing aid dehumidifier can prevent this, and thus prolong its life.
  6. To use a hearing aid dehumidifier, which removes any accumulation of moisture, remove the batteries from the unit before storing it in the dehumidifier overnight.

Remove excessive ear wax from your ears

  1. Becoming clogged with ear wax is the second most common reason that hearing aids require service.
  2. Ear wax is good and natural for our ears, but can be problematic for hearing aids.
  3. Upon removing your hearing aid, wipe away ear wax using a soft cloth.
  4. Use the tools provided by the manufacturer to remove ear wax build up on the microphone or receiver areas.

Don’t forget to change the batteries

  1. One thing that impairs the proper functioning of hearing aids is weak batteries.
  2. If the battery power runs out completely, you may have to have the hearing aid reprogrammed.
  3. To conserve the batteries, switch the unit off at night or when you’re not using it.
  4. Also remember to clean the battery contacts using a cotton swab, because dirty contacts can cause the device to malfunction.