Hearing aids are a big investment. Having a regular cleaning regimen in place is the best way to make sure your investment lasts as long as possible. Here are some easy-to-remember tips for caring for your hearing aids on a daily basis:
1. Clean and disinfect your hearing aids daily with a disinfectant spray that can be purchased from your hearing healthcare professional. Or, in the least, wipe the hearing aids with a tissue or Kleenex to remove any debris or wax from the outside of the hearing aid. Be sure to clean the openings of the hearing aid with the proper cleaning tool, which were provided to you when you received your hearing aids.
2. Turn the hearing aids off when not in use or for overnight storage by opening the battery door. Leaving the battery door open will also allow any accumulated moisture to dry. It is best to store the hearing aids in the box provided by your hearing healthcare provider or in a dry-n-store dehumidifying box. If you use a dehumidifying box, remember to remove the battery from the instrument first.
3. Remove the hearing aids before using hair spray. Hairspray can gum up the microphone and keep sound from entering the hearing aid or decreasing the amount of sound coming to the hearing aids internal circuitry.
4. Do not expose your hearing aids to excessive heat, moisture or humidity. Doing so may damage the hearing aid casing that requires the hearing aid to be sent away for repair.
5. Do not wear your hearing aids while bathing, showering, or swimming. Water and moisture are not your hearing aid’s friend.
6. Keep your hearing aids away from heat sources such as stoves, heat registers, hair dryers, or open flame. Excessive heat can damage the vital internal components.
7. Do not drop your hearing aids or allow the instrument to be subjected to rugged handling. Even a fall from a short distance can cause damage to a hearing aid. If you drop your hearing aid, don’t worry. Check for any cracks and, if you are concerned, feel free to have your hearing healthcare provider check the hearing aid to make sure it is in good working condition.
8. Keep hearing aids away from pets. Dogs, in particular, are curious about feedback sounds that are sometimes produced by hearing aids. Using a box or case to keep the hearing aids in over-night is a good idea in order to keep them away from our furry family members.
9. Keep fresh batteries in your hearing aids. Most new technology hearing aids will notify you when it is time to change batteries. If the signal is ignored, be aware that it will stop functioning when the battery dies. This is of particular importance as you drive in traffic or are in other situations where you may rely on warning sounds for safety. It may be easier to change your batteries on a routine basis – say every Monday – in order to make sure the batteries are fresh and so you don’t have to worry about a hearing aid going dead during an inopportune time.
10. Keep in touch! Maintaining regular contact with your hearing healthcare provider will increase the life expectancy of your hearing aid. A regularly scheduled check of your hearing aids will enhance long lasting reliability of your hearing aids as well. Biannual testing of your hearing is also crucial to assure that the product you purchased is delivering the performance needed to match any changing hearing conditions.
By using these ten simple tips, you can ensure a long and happy life for your hearing aids. And, you can feel confident that your hearing aids will be working optimally at all times, as well. If you have any questions about how your hearing aid is working or would like us to take a look at your hearing aids, please call our office for an appointment. We’d be glad to help!