How to Maintain your Hearing Aid

If you want your hearing aids to run at optimal levels, it stands to reason you’ll have to give them a once over every now and then. With careful maintenance, you can keep your hearing aids looking and sounding like the day they freshly emerged from their plastic casing. Adopt a daily routine to keep your equipment in pristine condition. Here’s how:

Step One

Before you go to bed, always take out your hearing aids. Although some nights, you may stumble home drunk and forget to take them out, make an effort to remove the ear mould from the hook.

When objects are stuck in our ears, the body tends to respond with wax. A wax eradicator can clear away any build-up of this gunky stuff, so make sure you get your hearing aid sparkling clean.

Step Two

Moisture isn’t good for hearing aids. So, next you should check for any moisture in your ear hooks or ear mould tube. Condensation could potentially block out all sound.

Are there any water droplets inside the ear mould? If there’s any condensation at all, go at your hearing aid with the air blower. Just place the nozzle into the tubing of the ear mould and blast the air blower between five and ten times. This should make the condensation evaporate. Repeat with ear hooks, if there’s a build-up of moisture too.

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Step Three

Remove the batteries from inside of your hearing aids. This will help prevent the energy life from plummeting. Sometimes, battery compartments get rusty when humidity gets trapped within. If this is the case, place a q-tip into rubbing alcohol and then clean away the rust. If you don’t, the corrosion will affect how well you can pick up sounds and can even create strange sounds.

Step Four

Store your hearing aid in the correct box, provided by a health specialist. Check your batteries with a hearing aid battery tester. The last thing you want is to be carrying out the day as usual and for your energy to go flat…then, silence! If your batteries need changing or charging, do so now.

Step Five

Check your hearing aids every day, to ensure they’re in perfect working order. Perform a sound test in the morning, before you place them into your ears. Gauge the response through your specialised stethoscope for hearing aids and make a variety of sounds. If everything is coming through clearly, feel free to get ready for your day ahead!

Keep your hearing aids away from water and steam. This means no taking them into the swimming pool. Exposure to moisture can ruin hearing aids with time, so keep them as dry as possible. Hearing aid prices are high after all, so replacements can be costly.

Sometimes, you’ll want to wash the ear mould clean, as it has had high exposure to wax. Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned it, make sure that the components are completely dry before reassembly. If you find any damage in your hearing aid, contact your local Audiology department for expert advice.