5 Quick Hearing Aid Care Tips for BeginnersPublished On: 21st March 2019
Last Updated On: 22nd March 2019
Okay, you’re a new hearing aid user and you’re getting adjusted to your device fittings. That’s great! But do you know how to get the most out of your hearing aids for years to come?
These little pieces of technology are particularly sensitive. They’re also very valuable, too, meaning you’re going to need to take special care of them.
With this in mind, you’re probably wondering “What are some quick, easy hearing aid care tips I can put into practice?” I’m glad you asked, so let’s take a look!
1. Clean them everyday.
While some hearing aids are more resistant to foreign bodies than others, most will need regular cleaning. The biggest enemy a hearing aid will encounter is earwax. Earwax can clog up your aids and can reduce performance over time. With this in mind, take care to gently remove any debris that may have built up in your fittings at the end of each day. We advise using a dry, soft toothbrush or q-tip / cotton bud.
2. Keep them dry.
It’s always a good idea to keep your hearing aids from getting moist. After all, these are still tiny little machines! Technology and water never mix – unless waterproofing is involved.
Always store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. If they do get wet, carefully dry them with a towel. This even applies to water-resistant models. But don’t get carried away and use a hair-dryer as its high heat can cause damage!
3. Avoid heat.
You should always make sure to keep your hearing aids out of the heat, including direct sunlight. Furthermore, excessive heat can cause severe damage to your device, meaning that however tempting it is to dry them off using a hair-dryer or microwave, don’t do it!
The best place to store your hearing aids is in a cool place that’s unlikely to develop moisture or to be affected by high temperatures. A bedside drawer, for example, is a good spot.
4. Use filters and guards.
Depending on what type you have, some hearing aids have a wax guard or filter installed. This is to help protect the technology from getting too clogged up! If you can, do carefully remove your wax filters in case you see a build-up. However, not all hearing aids benefit from this feature. It’s always worth consulting your audiologist if you’re concerned, as they will also be able to help you.
5. Change your batteries.
Yes, it’s tempting always to let batteries run their life down. However, with hearing aids, you may actually be doing some damage! Battery overuse can lead to corrosion. If you’re not using your aids for a while, remove your batteries temporarily. If you are in any doubt of your batteries running out of power, swap them out – but not before you clean your battery contacts with a clean, dry swab.
For more tips and advice on taking care of hearing aids, call Best Hearing Aids today on (800) 350-5056!