Caring for your hearing aids is really important. The electronic components within your devices need to be protected from moisture, earwax, dirt and dust in order to work to their full potential. In addition, many other parts on your device can get clogged or otherwise damaged, resulting in hearing aids that are underperforming. With proper hearing aid care, you can ensure your devices work great every day and last as long as possible.
Most hearing aid care can happen at home, with regular daily cleanings and parts replacements. In addition, we recommend that our patients come visit us at one of our Philadelphia-area clinics every 3–6 months for professional servicing.
Cleaning your hearing aids should become a regular part of your daily routine. Many patients choose to invest in cleaning kits and a dehumidifier to make your daily cleaning process easier and more effective.
Each night, wipe down your hearing aids with a clean, dry cloth. Make sure you get the exterior as well as the batteries and battery compartment. Never use any water or cleaning products on your devices, as this will cause damage to the technology within the hearing aid. As you do this, make sure you check the microphone, tubing and any other small components to get all earwax, moisture and dirt out of the device.
If you have a dehumidifier at home, this is a great place to store your devices overnight. It will work as you sleep to remove any and all moisture inside and out, ensuring perfectly working devices when you wake up. If you don’t choose to use a dehumidifier, store your hearing aids somewhere in the open air to allow for as much drying as possible. Keep them in a place that’s clean and doesn’t pose any risk for water to get spilled or dripped on your hearing aids.
When your hearing aids are out of your ears, it’s a great idea to ensure the battery compartment is open and the batteries are out of the devices. This extends the life of your batteries, encourages thorough cleanings and ensures no moisture or earwax is eroding the battery contacts.
It’s always a smart idea to have plenty of spare components on hand, including tubing, batteries, wax filters and any other part that can be replaced. Keep an eye on your tubing and wax guard daily, and always replace components that look old, worn or dirty.
If you have any questions about hearing aid care or need a servicing appointment, please call ASK Physicians Hearing Centers right away.