Caring for Your Hearing Aids
Your hearing aids help make your life easier by helping you interact with other people, so it only makes sense that you should take care of the small electronic devices to make them last longer.
Regardless of the type and design of your hearing aids, the following habits should be observed:
1. Read the instructions on the label carefully and follow the steps in proper cleaning. Use a clean, dry and soft cloth when cleaning. Do not lubricate the parts of the hearing aid as well.
2. Clean the earwax and ear drainage from your hearing aids carefully by following the instructions on the label. These can be removed with water and mild soap, but do not use solvents and alcohol when cleaning.
3. Do not use a blow dryer to dry your hearing aids, use a clean towel instead. Make sure the hearing aids are dry before reattaching them to your ears.
4. Never use cleaning products and hair products not designed for hearing aids.
5. Put on your hearing aids last after you’re done dressing up or used body products such as perfume, hair spray, lotions, and powder. Remember that the chemicals can clog up the components of the hearing aids.
6. Turn off your hearing aids if you don’t need them. Remove the batteries and then store the hearing aids in places that do not have moisture.
7. Replace the batteries when they’re running low and always keep extras handy. A battery will usually last between 1 to 2 weeks. When discarding batteries, make sure they are disposed one a time because they can be toxic.
8. Keep the hearing aids and batteries away from children and the pets at home.
9. Batteries should be stored in dry and cool places, because moisture can damage them.
10. Remove your hearing aids when you’re bathing or going swimming. They should not be exposed to the heat and moisture in the sauna or in the rain.
11. Never place your hearing aids near moisture, cold and heat. Heat and direct sunlight can damage the electronic parts.
12. If there is a buildup of moisture in the hearing aids, leave the battery case open to dry it out. You will also need a silica-based drying agent or a dehumidifier from your doctor.
13. Perform listening checks everyday using a listening tube provided by your doctor.
14. Avoid feedback or the whistling sound in your hearing aid. If this happens, you need to check the size of your earmold and have them replaced or cleaned.
15. Remove the hearing aids every time you undergo medical procedures and tests. You can still use them, however, in scanners in airports and other public areas.
16. Visit your doctor regularly for hearing tests, replacements, and performance testing of the hearing aids.