At Home Care Tips for Hearing Aids

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Your hearing aids do a tremendous job of supporting you to live your life as effectively as possible when you are experiencing hearing loss. So, it stands to reason that you will need to take good care of them if you want them to keep functioning as effectively as they did when they were first fitted by the hearing instrument specialist (HIS).

The good news is, it is actually very easy to take good care of your hearing aids. We’ve attached some of the most important aspects of at-home care for your hearing aids below, but if you have any issues, do not hesitate to ask your hearing instrument specialist for advice.

Cleaning your hearing aids

First, let’s look at how you should go about cleaning your hearing aids.

If you have behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, then you will need to carefully wipe the external components of the aids with a dry, clean cloth each day. You will also want to have the tubing changed at least twice a year, or however often your hearing instrument specialist recommends. Make sure you check the manual to ensure you are doing it right, or have your HIS do it for you.

If you have in-the-ear (ITE) or in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids, you will need to use either a clean, dry cloth or a specially-designed audiology wipe to clean your hearing aid. You will also need to regularly empty the filter system that is used to filter wax away so that it will not affect your hearing aids – this is something your hearing instrument specialist will be able to demonstrate for you. While doing this, be very careful not to let any liquid get into the microphones.

Drying your hearing aids

Once you have cleaned your hearing aids, you may need to dry them off because even a small amount of moisture can cause them to malfunction in various ways. 

Again, you can dry hearing aids by using soft, clean cloth to gently wipe away any moisture. However, most hearing instrument specialists will advise you to invest in a hearing aid drying pouch or box. This is because they make it much less likely that you will drop and damage your hearing aids. They also provide a handy case for you to store your hearing aids in when you are not using them.

Some people, when they accidentally get their hearing aids wet are tempted to dry them out with a microwave or hairdryer, but this is something you should never consider doing because either action could result in a whole lot of damage.

Additional Tips

To help keep your hearing aids regularly maintained and treated, consider these easy tips:

  • Use a soft cloth: When you are cleaning your hearing aids, or maybe changing the batteries in them, it is a really good idea to place them on a soft cloth first. This will minimize the chances of them being damaged should you accidentally drop them. Hearing aids can be quite delicate so it is always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Avoid water: Even if your hearing aid is water-resistant, as most of them are, being submerged in a significant amount of water is unlikely to end well for the. So, try not to bathe, or shower when wearing them, and if it’s raining out, use an umbrella; this will help to keep your hearing aids in good condition for longer.
  • Dry your ears: You should also ensure that your ears are thoroughly dried before placing a hearing aid in them as the moisture could cause problems and affect your hearing aid’s ability to function as it should.
  • Keep cosmetics at bay: Of course, you can still wear makeup and hairspray when you are a hearing aid user, but it’s a good idea to apply them before you put on your hearing aid due to the fact that cosmetics can get into the devices and cause them to malfunction or muffle your hearing somewhat.

Store in a clean dry place: Hearing aids are extremely sensitive, so it is really important that when you are not wearing them, you store them in a clean dry place where there is not too much moisture and there is only a minimal amount of heat. As mentioned above, keeping them in a pouch or cases is a really good idea to avoid accidental damage too.

Learn More About Professional Hearing Aid Cleanings

If you would like to know more about caring for your hearing aids, you can talk to one of our experienced Hearing Aid specialists by calling Hearing Science of The Foothills, Inc. at (818) 698-8056. When it comes to hearing, we’re here to help!