5 Practical Tips To Keep Your Hearing Aids Clean
Maintaining your hearing aid through daily cleaning and regular service is extremely important. Proper care helps retain optimum hearing conditions, extends the life of your hearing aid, and ensures proper hygiene.
Always Begin With The Hearing Aid Instructions
Your hearing aid comes with instructions. Read these first! They are written specifically for your hearing aids and will give you the best direction.
Keep Your Hearing Aid In A Safe Place
Your hearing aids are small and sensitive devices. For general care:
- Keep your hearing aids in a safe place, preferably in the storage box you were provided with
- Keep your hearing aids, their parts, and batteries out of the reach of children and pets. Dogs can be irritated by the whistling sound from hearing aids and have been known to chew them. Hearing aid batteries can be dangerous if they are swallowed by children or pets.
- When changing hearing aid battery, best to work over a table, so that it is easy to find any small parts that you might drop
- Remove the batteries when you are not using your hearing aids for more than a couple of days. You may need to put new batteries in when you use them next.
- Do not drop your hearing aids – handle them with care
Keep Your Hearing Aid Clean!
Your ear canal produces ear wax that may clog up the earpiece. Ear wax is one of the main causes of problems for hearing aids.
Daily checking and regular cleaning of your hearing aids are needed to ensure they do not get wax buildup or other debris in them. This can make them stop working completely.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe your hearing aids
- Use the tools you were given to clean the difficult-to-reach parts
- Do not clean your hearing aids using water or anything that is wet or damp, such as detergent
Prevent Water Or Humidity
Hearing aids are electronic devices that will fail if they are exposed to too much water or humidity. Be very careful to ensure your hearing aids do not make contact with liquids, whether you are wearing them or not.
- Don’t expose your hearing aids to moisture or drop them in water, not even to clean them
- Remove your hearing aids before taking a bath or shower or when at the barber and hairdresser
- Avoid wearing your hearing aids while applying hairspray
Avoid Exposure To Very High Or Very Low Temperatures
Your hearing aids are designed to work within a set range of temperatures.
- Avoid extremely cold temperatures
- Avoid direct or excessive heat
- Do not leave your hearing aids in the sun, in a hot car or near radiators or heaters
- Remove your hearing aids before using a hairdryer
- Remove your hearing aids before undergoing Short-wave Diathermy or other electrical treatments – ask your audiologist or doctor if you unsure
Following these steps will help you keep your hearing aids work longer and better.