Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips to Prevent Breakdowns
By Top-Rated Charlotte Audiologist, Dr. Gosu
We're big believers in the idea that prevention is more effective than cure. Preventing the problem in the first place is often more effective than trying to fix the situation after it has already happened. Additionally, preventing problems can save time, money, and other resources that would otherwise be spent trying to resolve the issue.
In the case of hearing aids, regular maintenance is essential because it can help ensure that the devices continue to function correctly. Hearing aids are complex electronic devices; like any other electronic equipment, they can develop problems over time. By performing regular maintenance, such as cleaning and checking for damage, you can help to extend the lifespan of your hearing aids and ensure that they continue to provide you with the best possible hearing performance.
Below is a brief guide to maintaining your hearing aids, a series of "dos and don'ts," and tips for possible troubleshooting problems.
How to Care for Your Hearing Aids
Clean them daily: Your hearing aids are exposed to moisture, debris, dirt, earwax, and the elements daily. Though most hearing aids are designed to withstand these different substances, you'll probably want to give your hearing aids a wipe-down before going to bed. Use a soft, dry cloth, and wipe your hearing aids gently. If your hearing aid models have plastic tubes or earmolds, check these every few days for earwax buildup and follow the instructions your hearing specialist has provided for cleaning.
Store them properly: Store your hearing aids in a moisture-free place, away from the reach of children or pets. The minor components of your hearing aids could pose a choking hazard to both. Avoid storing your hearing aids in spaces where temperatures can grow high. Depending on your hearing aid model, you may have a recharging/dehumidifying station where you store your hearing aids overnight. Keep this station out of reach as well.
Keep moisture at bay:
- Before putting in your hearing aids, go through your morning washroom routine first. You'll want to avoid getting your hearing aids wet.
- Avoid using hairspray or perfume while your hearing aids are in, as these substances could jam up your hearing aid's electrical components.
- If you are exercising or performing physical activity that produces a lot of sweat, remove your hearing aids and store them in a safe, dry place.
Dos & Don'ts with Your Hearing Aids
DO check your batteries often. Newer digital hearing aids can drain batteries quickly; you don't want to be stuck with a drained hearing aid battery when you haven't brought a spare set. When not wearing the hearing aid, remove the battery and leave the battery door open. This helps to dry them out. This step does not apply to those with rechargeable hearing aids.
Don't store your hearing aids in a warm or humid place. Though it may seem natural to keep your hearing aids in the bathroom, this could harm your hearing aids. Bathrooms tend to be moist places. Instead, store your aids in a dresser drawer or somewhere out of reach. If you're out during the day and need to take out your hearing aids, don't store them in your car, where temperatures can rise. Find a more peaceful place for them.
DO remove your hearing aids over a soft surface. Accidents happen, and sometimes we drop things without meaning to. Hearing aids are pretty sturdy, but they can be damaged by a long drop to the floor for a little device.
Don't try to repair your hearing aids on your own. If your hearing aids are consistently not working, contact us and bring them in for professional repair. If you take your hearing aids apart and cause damage, your warranty may not cover this.
Common hearing aid issues
One of the most common issues with hearing aids is that the battery may not have enough charge to operate the device. If you have trouble hearing with your hearing aids, you can check to see if they are switched on and if the battery is charged. You should also ensure the volume is adjusted correctly and look for any dirt, earwax, or debris blocking the sound.
Another issue that may arise with hearing aids is corrosion on the battery or in the battery compartment. If your hearing aids use disposable batteries, regularly check for this type of damage and replace the battery if necessary. It would help if you also inspect the hearing aid shell for any signs of physical wear that may affect its performance.
To prevent feedback and whistling, ensure that your hearing aid is fitted correctly in your ear and that the settings are appropriate. This can help to improve the overall sound quality and make it easier to hear with your hearing aids.
To ensure that your hearing aids are performing their best, schedule regular cleanings and tune-ups with us. If you have questions not covered here or need help repairing your hearing aids, contact us today!