7 Tips To Care For Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids – like all electronic devices – need a little care and attention in order to work their best. Here are a few things you can do to make sure the battery and all the electronic circuits in your hearing aids deliver optimal performance for years to come.
1. Power Up
Use a battery tester to make sure your hearing aid batteries are sufficiently charged. Clean your battery contacts once a week with a cotton swab, and keep spare batteries on hand just in case yours stop working.
2. Power Down
When you take your hearing aids out, turn the power off to save the battery life. At the end of the day, remove the batteries from the hearing aid altogether.
3. Clean Your Hearing Aids Regularly
Clean your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth. Earmolds can be removed from the hearing aid and cleaned with mild soap and water. Use a forced air blower – not a hair dryer – to dry your earmolds, and make sure they are completely dry before reattaching them to your hearing aids.
4. Hearing Aids Should Stay Dry
A drying container (like the Dry & Store) will help keep moisture from building up in your hearing aids. Remove the batteries when you store your hearing aids so moisture doesn’t build up around the batteries.
5. Hearing Aids Should Stay Cool
Direct heat can damage your hearing aids, so don’t put your devices near a heater, hair dryers or radiators. Hearing aids shouldn’t be left in a car in hot weather, nor put in the microwave to dry. Only use forced air or a drying container to dry them out. Or let them sit out for a few hours to air dry.
6. Check The Listening
A listening tube will help you check the listening of your hearing aids. When you use the listening tube, make sure the sound is clear – not scratchy or weak. Make sure there isn’t any feedback, and that the sound you hear is consistent.
7. Visit Your Audiologist
Regular visits with your audiologist are the best way to make sure your hearing aids keep working well and last a long time. Your audiologist will be able to tell you if your hearing aids need any special cleaning or attention, and will make sure your hearing aids are working their best for you.