Hearing Aid Care

You've invested in hearing aids and now you're enjoying life with better hearing. Here are some care and safety guidelines to make sure your hearing aids work their best for many years to come.

Hearing Aid Care

Protecting Your Investment

It is important to clean your hearing aid every day, every manufacturer supplies a cleaning kit with their hearing aids. It will usually include a wax brush, a wax pick and a cloth. These tools are designed to help you care for your hearing aids and using them properly will help to keep your hearing aids going.

Hearing aid manufacturers have also designed filters to protect receivers in the case of RIC and ITE hearing aids. You will also get at least one pack of these with your hearing aids. The proper use of wax filters will protect your receiver and keep your hearing aids functioning properly.

The biggest cause of failure is wax and moisture getting into the receivers or the microphones of hearing aids. If you change your wax guards when they need to be changed you can avoid much of this problem.

Protect your hearing aids from dirt and oil

Try to make sure that your fingers are clean and dry before handling your hearing aid. The microphone input is very small and can become blocked by dirt and oil from your fingers.

Protect your hearing aids from moisture

Moisture will kill your hearing aid, make sure you remove your hearing aids before showering bathing or swimming. When you are showering, don't leave the hearing aids in the bathroom. At night, make sure you leave the battery compartment open. It is worthwhile to use a hearing aid drying kit.

Keep the hearing aids away from children and pets

Make sure you keep your hearing aids out of the reach of children and pets. Hearing aids that are lying on a counter that don't have the battery door open emit a high-frequency noise that might attract dogs. You have no idea how many times I have seen hearing aids eaten by dogs.

Avoid contact with hairspray or make-up

If you use powder makeup, PERFUME or hairspray you should make sure that you remove your hearing aids before applying them. The fine particles of hairspray or powder make-up may clog the microphone input and volume control switch.

How To Change A Battery

Hearing Aid Care & Maintenance

Caring For Your Hearing Aids

You're invested in hearing aids and now you've enjoying life with better hearing. Here are some care and safety guidelines to make sure your hearing aids work their best for many years to come.

  • Turn off your hearing aid before you go to bed. This will avoid unnecessary battery drain when you're not wearing your hearing aids.
  • If moisture builds up inside your hearing aids during the day, leave the battery door open at night to allow internal components to dry. This will prolong the life of your hearing aids. Excessive moisture may require a dehumidifier or silica-based drying agent that can be purchased from your hearing care professional.
  • Keep your hearing aids away from heat. Refrain from placing them in your automobile glove compartment on warm days, near a radiator or in direct sunlight. Avoid using a hair dryer while wearing your hearing aids. It's also a good idea not to expose your hearing aids (or your ears) to extreme cold.
  • Remove your hearing aids before using hair spray, spray perfume, shaving lotions, insect repellant or powders, as these items can damage or clog the tiny components in your hearing devices.
  • Handle your hearing aids gently. When changing hearing aid batteries, hold your hearing instruments above a soft surface, such as a towel-draped table, in case you drop them. If your hearing aids hit the floor, or strike a hard surface, it's a good idea to let your hearing care professional make sure they're undamaged.
  • Never immerse your hearing aids in water, or wear them while in a sauna, showering, bathing, or swimming. Protect your hearing aids from rain, as well.
  • Do not try to lubricate hearing aid parts.
  • Remove your hearing aids before medical procedures that utilize scanning, such as CT scans. Scanners found at airports will not damage your hearing aids.
  • To clean your hearing aids, use cleaning agents approved for hearing aids, or, a soft, damp (but not wet) cloth. Avoid using alcohol or solvents to clean your hearing aids. A soft cloth should clean the receiver tube and receiver dome in your 'Behind-the-Ear' style hearing aids. If ear wax builds up on your ear domes or custom ear molds, and it's difficult to wipe away, see your hearing care practitioner for assistance.
  • Use the correct battery size for your particular hearing aid. If you use zin-air batteries, let them sit outside of your hearing aid for a full minute after you remove the battery tab, and before you insert them. This will insure that the batteries charge fully and give you the longest possible battery life.
  • Because modern hearing aids are so tiny, it's advisable to place them in a small container after you remove them. This may prevent knocking them to the floor, or putting an item on top of them.

Do you have a question about hearing services or products?

Ask Dr. Daria!