Are you new to wearing hearing aids, or have you just gotten a brand-new pair of devices you want to last for many years? Hearing clearly and extending the lifespan of your devices depends on daily care and cleaning of your hearing aids, so set aside 5 minutes every evening to care for your devices.
Hearing Aid Care
You want your hearing aids to function smoothly for years to come, so learning how to care for your devices is the first step to great hearing. Wash your hands before touching your hearing aids, and always handle your devices with the upmost care. Avoid holding them over the floor, and keep your hearing aids over the counter, and away from the sink. Turn off your hearing aids whenever you’re not using them, and open the battery door at night to ensure they’re completely off.
Moisture is the biggest enemy of your hearing aids. Your devices have some electrical parts, along with a tiny chip that acts like a mini-computer. You’d never pour a glass of water over your phone or computer, and in the same way you need to protect your devices from moisture. The problem is that your hearing aids live in your ears, where they’re exposes to moisture, sweat, dirt, dust, debris, and earwax.
To protect your hearing aids, commit to a daily cleaning routine, and keep your hearing aids in tip top shape. This will only take 3 to 5 minutes, so take this time before bed to care for your devices.
- Start by wiping your devices with a soft, dry cloth.
- Examine your hearing aids for any signs of damage, and look for any build up of dirt, dust, or earwax.
- Using a hearing aid brush or a hearing aid pick, clean any remaining particles from your device, and be sure to clean inside the battery door and ports of your devices.
- Place your hearing aids in a safe, dry place, and leave them to dry overnight.
If you have Behind the Ear devices, you should clean the tubes once a week. Remove them from the hearing aids, and wash them gently in warm water with a drop of soap. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry overnight. In the morning, check for any signs of cracks or damage, and reattach them to your hearing aids.
Drying Out Your Hearing Aids
Keeping your hearing aids safe and dry will extend their lifespan, and provide great hearing with limited repairs. It may seem intuitive to keep your devices in the bathroom, but that is actually the worst room in the house to keep your devices overnight. It’s the most humid room in the house, and your hearing aids won’t be able to dry properly. Keep your devices in a safe place in your room, away from children and pets.
If you live in a humid area, or sweat during your active day, you can use a dehumidifier in your hearing aid care routine. After you’ve cleaned your devices for the night, set them into the dehumidifier and in the morning your devices will be completely dry. You can even find dehumidifiers that will sanitize your devices, and if you have rechargeable hearing aids, you can find a charger with a built-in dehumidifier.
Hearing Aid Repairs
Whenever you encounter a problem you can’t solve, contact us at Audiology Concierge Network. We’ll examine your hearing aids to assess the problem, look for damage, and see what repairs are needed. We can perform many small repairs in our office, and you’ll get your devices back within a day. For larger repairs, most devices include a 3-year manufacturers warranty, so we’ll send your devices to the manufacturer to solve the problem. When the devices are returned, we’ll make sure they’re still perfectly calibrated to your hearing needs, and you can continue caring for your hearing aids at home.
Audiology Concierge Network
For optimal hearing performance, follow these tips for taking care of your hearing aids. To get the best performance from your devices, schedule regular checkups where we’ll professionally clean your hearing aids every few months. If you need help with your devices, or want more information on how you can care for your devices, visit us at Audiology Concierge Network, where our team of audiologists and hearing instrument specialists can help service most hearing aids.