Hearing Aid Maintenance & Care Tips
Have you recently been fitted for a hearing aid by your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist? Wonderful! You’re taking important steps to improve upon your hearing situation and return to your previous lifestyle. This new journey will be extremely rewarding for both you and your loved ones. But how can you properly care your new hearing aid? We’ve included a few tips below to help your appropriately maintain your hearing aid.
- Switch Your Hearing Aid Off When Not In Use
Purchasing batteries often can become expensive. To conserve the life of your battery, ensure your hearing aid is powered down when not in use.
- Keep Away From Water
Moisture is a definite enemy of your hearing aid. If the forecast for your area shows rain, be sure to grab an umbrella before leaving your residence. Do not wear your hearing aid in the pool or shower and refrain from re-inserting it until the inner-part of your ear is completely dry. If your hearing aid is accidentally exposed to moisture, remove the battery immediately and allow the device to dry out for several hours before re-insertion.
- Properly Storing Your Hearing Aid
Store your hearing aid in a room temperature location. Extreme hot or cold conditions could damage your hearing device.
- In Case Your Drop Your Hearing Aid
We understand accidents happen. If you accidentally drop your hearing aid and notice it’s not working properly, try changing out the battery. If the device still isn’t working, contact your audiologist to check it over. To avoid this situation in the future, store your hearing aid in a well cushioned area away from any table or counter edges.
- Hair Products and Cosmetics
Cosmetics and hair products could clog the microphone in your hearing aid. To avoid this, remove the hearing aid prior to applying these products.
- Dogs and Your Hearing Aid
Animals, especially dogs, are extremely attracted to hearing aids due to the high pitched noise they emit. When not in use, place your hearing aid on a high shelf or tabletop your dog cannot reach.
We hope these tips provide you with a renewed level of confidence in caring for your new hearing aid. Because your overall satisfaction throughout the hearing aid fitting and beyond is vital, please contact your audiologist right away if you notice any issues with your hearing aid. Thanks for reading and we wish you the best of luck during your hearing rehabilitation journey!
My dad is looking to get hearing aids as he has trouble hearing. As you said here, it is important to take care of them the best you can since many things can cause problems. Once he gets them, I’ll let him know about all of this so that way he can be extra careful with them.