Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips
When you decide to get hearing aids, you’re choosing to treat your hearing health with the best solution possible. This is an important investment, which means hearing aid care and maintenance are crucial to increasing the function and longevity of your devices.
Many of the issues you experience with your hearing aids will likely come down to maintenance and taking care of your hearing aids. Understanding the proper ways to care for, clean, maintain and store your hearing aids can help to ensure you have them for a long time. If you’re not sure how to take optimal care of your devices, consider the following tips that can get you started.
Cleaning your hearing aids properly
First of all, make sure you learn how to clean your hearing aids properly. You don’t want to damage your hearing aids with any kind of liquids, so make sure you use the recommended cleaning wipes to wipe off any dirt and grime. You don’t want to submerge them in water and you don’t want to use any kind of liquids or soap on them. A damp cloth is often enough to clean them, but if you’re out in public, then carrying a wipe or two will help keep your hearing aids clean of dirt and grime. For dust and dirt that could be inside of the microphone or speakers, you can use a small brush to get rid of any particles. Hearing aids should be wiped off with a cloth daily to remove debris and should be taken to your audiologist at least every six months for a professional cleaning.
Storing your hearing aids correctly
It’s vital that you store your hearing aids properly when they’re not in use. Never sleep with them on or take them into the bath or shower with you. If you haven’t been given a case with your hearing aids, then it’s a good idea to purchase a special case where you can keep them secured in. You don’t want the case to be too big because they can rattle around inside, so something padded would be ideal. Make sure you take them out at night, store them correctly and have your cleaning kit in the same case or nearby so you can give them a good wipe before you go bed.
Treating your hearing aids correctly
Make sure you never treat your hearing aids too roughly. Don’t throw them around, don’t drop them and treat them with respect. If you carry them around in your pocket or a bag, make sure you bring your case so they don’t get lost or damaged. Hearing aids are very fragile devices–they’re not going to withstand much pressure or a drop. Even a slight drop could damage your hearing aids and break some of the internals, so treat your hearing aids as best as possible.
Remember to change your batteries
If you don’t have a rechargeable hearing aid then it’s a good idea to learn how to replace your batteries when needed. Batteries can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the model of hearing aid and also how often you use them. Batteries can be bought in large packs and they’re generally quite small, so they’re easy to carry around and store in a large quantity. If you don’t change your batteries often, you might find that your hearing aids will suddenly stop working in the middle of use, so make sure you try to keep a track of how long they last and if you need to carry spares with you.
If you have a rechargeable battery, you can expect it to last anywhere from four to five years with regular charging. You don’t want to overcharge the battery or leave it in a hot place for too long, so only charge it at night when you’re sleeping. You should get plenty of charge in just a few hours and it should last the entire day. If you feel the duration shortening, you may want to speak to your audiologist.
If you’d like to learn more about our hearing aids or want to speak to an audiologist about your hearing loss, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. With three convenient locations, you can contact us to learn more about hearing aid maintenance by calling:
- Sahali Professional Hearing Services, V2C 5R9: (250) 374-5767
- Fortune Centre Hearing Clinic, V2B, 2L2: (250) 554-3706
- Merritt Hearing Clinic, V1K 1B8: (250) 315-9688