Tips to improve the lifespan of your hearing aids

We are often asked this question here at Hearing Revolution.  Here’s some helpful hints on how to keep your hearing aid in peak condition!

  • Keep your hearing aid in a case when it’s not in your ear, preferably somewhere cool and dry.
  • Clean your hearing aid each morning before you put it in your ear.  Visibly check for wax in or on the hearing aid and use the tools provided by your hearing healthcare professional to remove it.  If you are unsure as to how to clean the aid, ask for a refresher course!
  • Remove the battery from the hearing aid if you’re not going to be wearing it for an extended period of time.  An old battery can leak into the hearing aid if left long enough and the corrosion will damage the instrument.
  • Keep the hearing aids dry and free of moisture.  Don’t wear the hearing aids to swim, shower, or if you know you are going to be sweating profusely for an extended period of time.
  • Keep the hearing aids free of debris.  Do not spray hairspray or use hair products while wearing the hearing aids; use your products and let them dry before you put in the hearing aids.  Otherwise you run the risk of clogging up your microphone ports and the quality of sound may decline.
  • Invest in a Dry and Store box or device and use it each night.  The desiccant will work to dry out the insides of the hearing aid to prevent corrosion from sweat and moisture.  This is especially important if you live in a humid climate.
  • Never try to “wash” or “clean” your hearing aids with water or household cleaners, like antibacterial wipes and the like.  These chemicals can break down the materials of the hearing aids.
  • Regularly change tubes, domes, and filters.
  • When at your Primary Care Doctor’s office, ask them to check your ears for wax and have them remove it if necessary.
  • See your hearing healthcare professional several times a year to have them perform a thorough cleaning on your instruments.

 

If you’re looking for information specifically about your hearing aid, call Hearing Revolution now!

 

Doctor K