Your hearing aids are compact and powerful electronic devices – but they are electronic devices nevertheless! As with all other electronic equipment, your hearing aids require a level of care to ensure that they continue to perform to the best of their abilities.
As you use your hearing aids daily, it is important to perform daily checks and maintenance. Whether you are new to hearing aids, or are a seasoned wearer, it is important to keep the following dos and don’ts in mind when caring for your hearing aids.
- Store your hearing aids in a cool, safe, dry place, inaccessible to children and pets
- Make it a nightly routine to store your hearing aids in a cool, safe, and dry place. Hearing aids are made of very small components, which may pose a choking hazard to children and pets. Be sure to store your hearing aids well out of reach.
- Check your batteries
- Check your batteries daily with a battery tester before wear. Hearing aid batteries tend to last 1-2 weeks. You don’t want to be caught with low batteries if you plan to be out for the day! Also, be sure to carry spare batteries with you if you go out, just in case.
- Clean hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth
- At the end of the day, use a soft dry cloth to wipe your hearing aids. Throughout the day, they may pick up dust and dirt. Apply gentle pressure to avoid damage to sensitive components.
- Remove earwax and debris
- Earwax production is normal, and earwax may accumulate in various parts of your hearing aids. Earwax tends to harden and dry overnight, so it will be easier to clean out your hearing aids in the morning before wear.
- Consider getting a dehumidifier
- Moisture is the natural enemy of hearing aids. Dehumidifying units are useful to fight off moisture. Simply place your hearing aids in the dehumidifier overnight. If you use rechargeable hearing aids, you may find dehumidifying units that also recharge batteries.
- Contact us at Hearing at Home for regular cleaning and maintenance
- As a mobile hearing aid service, we will be happy to assist you in cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids. Contact us to schedule a home visit today!
- Store your hearing aids in the bathroom
- Avoid storing your hearing aids in the bathroom, where they may be exposed to moisture. Bathrooms tend to be more humid than other parts of the house. Instead, consider a bedroom dresser or bedside table for storage.
- Store your batteries near metal coins and do not remove their stickers until use
- Store your batteries in a cool, dry spot, away from small children and pets. Removing the stickers or storing them near coins may inadvertently drain their power.
- Wear your hearing aid when you are sleeping
- It is best to remove your hearing aids overnight and store them in a safe spot or in a dehumidifying unit. Movement during the night may harm the hearing aids if they are in your ears.
- Get your hearing aids wet
- Before you shower, go to the spa or hairdresser, or swim in a pool, remember to remove your hearing aids! Certain hearing aids are completely waterproof, but unless you have this model, it is best to keep your hearing aids far away from water.
- Get hairspray or shaving cream on your hearing aids
- These chemicals may collect and muck up the sensitive electronic components of your hearing aids. Wait until you’ve completed your morning routine before inserting your hearing aids.
- Expose your hearing aids to high levels of heat
- Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry space. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight, or in enclosed spaces such as cars where temperatures may rise and harm the aids.
- Attempt to repair your hearing aids on your own
- Hearing aids are quite sensitive. If you are experiencing problems with your hearing aids, contact us at Hearing at Home! We’ll come by and take a look.