Your hearing aids are a big investment, so it’s good practice to learn how to take care of and maintain them at home. Regular hearing aid cleaning combined with routine maintenance provided by your Audiologist will prolong their life and help you get the most out of them.
The manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions will come with your devices. It’s important to follow these carefully.
You should never try to repair them yourself. If your device is malfunctioning or damaged, you should take them to your audiologist for repairs. Here are some helpful tips that will ensure you get the most out of your devices.
1. Remember proper cleaning and hearing aid care
Earwax is one of the leading causes of decreased performance in hearing aids. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid having your devices come in contact with earwax. That’s why it’s important to take time and clean them frequently. A build up can cause feedback, muted sound and damage. A good habit to get into, is to clean your hearing aids every evening.
Your hearing aids can be cleaned with a cotton bud or tissue to gently remove any earwax or debris that may be on the device. It should be done every day to keep up the performance of your devices.
Similarly make sure you don’t get cosmetic products such as make-up or hairspray into your hearing aids. It’s also a good idea to insert your hearing aid only after applying make-up or hairspray.
2. Replace the wax guard
Along with removing earwax from your device, you will periodically need to replace the wax filter or wax guard. The filter prevents wax from reaching the internal components of the hearing aid and damaging them.
It’s important to know that not all devices use the same filters. Our team at Noosa Hearing can advise you which one to use and show you how to change the filter for your specific hearing aid.
3. Change the batteries frequently
Hearing aid batteries can cause damage to your devices if left in for a long time. The trapped moisture in your hearing aids can cause the batteries to corrode. When you are not wearing your devices for a length of time remove the batteries and open the battery compartment.
Most batteries need changing every one to two weeks. How long a battery lasts depends on the device, the length of time it is worn, and the size of the battery. This means it’s useful to have a sufficient supply of spare batteries and to think about taking replacement batteries with you on longer trips.
Alternatively, there are now hearing aids available that use rechargeable batteries.
4. Keeping your hearing aids dry
Although most hearing aids are water resistant, they are not water proof. Always remove hearing aids before bathing or swimming. If you have been caught in a downpour of rain or been exercising heavily – you can wipe the outside and the battery compartment with a dry tissue. Never dry them with heat from a hair dryer or heater as you could damage them. It is recommended that you avoid leaving them in a damp place or the bathroom where the moisture from steam can damage them.
In addition, it may be worthwhile to use a hearing aid dehumidifier, especially if you live in a humid climate, spend considerable time outdoors or perspire heavily. There are two types of hearing aid dehumidifiers. One type is a plastic jar with a desiccant that draws out moisture overnight. The other is an electronic drying unit unit that uses ultraviolet light and air to dry and sanitize hearing aids. Both accessories to take care of your hearing aids are available at Noosa Hearing.
5. Keep your hearing aids in its case
Hearing aids are sensitive to moisture, radiation and heat and should always be stored in a clean, dry place. Consider putting them in their case in a dedicated place. Don’t put them down in the kitchen or bathroom, or near a source of heat. Keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
6. Schedule routine maintenance with your Audiologist
While cleaning and taking care of your devices at home can greatly improve the life of your hearing aids, you should bring them in for routine maintenance. Think of it like taking your car into the mechanic.
It is recommended to schedule a device cleaning with your local Audiologist every 4-6 months or immediately if you suspect there’s something wrong.
Noosa hearing offers free over-the-counter checks and device cleaning by one of our staff members. We can also arrange repairs with hearing aid manufacturers. If your aids need to be sent away for repair, we can fit you with a pair of loan aids so you don’t miss out on hearing while your aids are being repaired.
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