How to Care for Hearing Aids

 

We have come to rely on many devices in our lives from cell phones to cars. We rely on them so that when something goes wrong and those devices must be repaired or replaced, we’re at a loss while we wait for the device to be placed back into service. That’s why maintenance for the most important life tools, like a hearing aid, are important. You should take the steps necessary to minimize the need for repairs by taking good care of your hearing aid.

Keep it Clean

Just like all modern technology, hearing aids are made of delicate and sensitive parts. Try not to drop the hearing aid. Clean it regularly to avoid dirt, dust and the buildup of earwax.  Repeated impact against hard surfaces and buildup of foreign substances can cause damage over time and affect how well the hearing aid performs. If you have a wax filter, be sure to clean the filter as the maker recommends.

There are two different types of hearing aids, behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE). Each one requires different cleaning methods. You may have received tips from your health care provider on the best practices for cleaning each one. However, here are a few notes for a refresher course:

  • For an ITE model, you’ll need to go over each with either a cleaning tool or soft toothbrush. Pay special attention to the microphone hole. You may carefully clean those ports or holes with a wax hook.
  • For a BTE model, you’ll have an ear mold to clean. Clean the ear mold frequently with mild soap and allow it to fully dry.
  • You may want to invest in professionally made tools to clean your hearing aid. They may be created so they are easier to use, especially for people who find handling small tools a challenge.

Keep it Dry

Your hearing aid may be waterproof; however, that doesn’t mean that submerging it in water won’t harm the device. You should remove your hearing aid when swimming or showering and keep it in a dry place away from moisture. It’s a good idea to have a case for your hearing aid that is waterproof as well.

Replace the Batteries Before You Need It

If you’re suffering from hearing loss, it’s likely that you use your hearing aid all the time and it doesn’t sit idle for long. However, if you do stop using it for a substantial length of time, it’s a good idea to remove the batteries. If you’ve ever found an old flashlight that hasn’t been used, you may have opened the case to see corrosive fluid that has leaked from the batteries and dried up. That acidic substance will render any device useless. Don’t allow batteries to sit and change them regularly. Fresh batteries will always make your device perform best.