Tips to Help Your Hearing Aids Last Longer

In Health, Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A
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Now that you have made the step to get hearing aids, you are on the path to a better future! Although the decision to support your hearing health is a step in the right direction, there are many things you can do to make the process as easy and sustainable as possible. 

The right hearing aids should continue to support you for many years to come, but they do require some support to maintain their functionality. A few basic steps will help you get the most mileage out of your hearing aids, and you won’t need to do much to keep them in top shape. 

The following tips will put you in a position to reap the rewards from your hearing aids for a long time to come. 

Basic Cleaning and Maintenance

A new set of hearing aids do not require much cleaning to remain functional, but there are a few basic cleaning steps you can take to make sure nothing gets in the way of hearing assistance. The most important cleaning you can do is to wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth. 

Some debris or earwax can accumulate on your aids, and cleaning will be needed to maintain the functionality of your aids. Wiping off that debris will ensure that nothing blocks the path between sound amplification and your ear canal. 

If you notice a waxy residue on the outer chamber of your hearing aids a tiny cleaning brush should be supplied with your aids. Alternately, you can use a clean unused toothbrush to remove residue from the aids. Particularly the part of the aids that inserts into your ear canal can be serviced through gentle brushing with this tool. 

Be sure not to use liquids of any kind, including rubbing alcohol, because that fluid can have an adverse effect on hearing aid functioning.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Dry

Inserting and removing hearing aids can easily lead to an accident with water. If you accidentally get your hearing aids wet from submersion or a surprise rainstorm, you can dry your aids with a clean, dry cloth immediately. 

If you notice any problems with your aids, many people find that a hearing aid dryer can be helpful. These simple devices are available on the consumer market and tend not to be too expensive. Many people have success with using a bag of uncooked rice to absorb moisture from hearing aids. 

If you put your aids in a plastic bag and seal them tightly, the rice can sometimes absorb that moisture from the inner components and get them back in working order. Those who live in humid climates can also benefit from a hearing aid dryer from time to time, making sure that the metal components do not become corroded or damaged by that humidity. 

Preserve Battery Life

If you hearing aids have replaceable batteries, be sure to keep an eye on the battery life. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you need them most and the batteries are at the end of their utility. 

Keeping an extra set of battery replacements is a good idea in order to avoid that situation where they are completely depleted. Storing your hearing aids with the battery compartment open can be a good way to prevent moisture from becoming trapped in these inner components. Many of the latest hearing aids also come with rechargeable batteries. 

If your hearing aids have rechargeable batteries, be sure to store them in the charging dock when they are not in use. Portable battery chargers are available, as well, making it possible to charge on the go. 

Get Regular Service

Even with all of these tips in mind, you will likely want to bring your hearing aids in for servicing every now and again. Our team will be able to assess the functionality of your aids and make any adjustments that are necessary. In some cases, repairs can be completed in house, while other more complex procedures will require them to be mailed to the manufacturer. In any case, contact us today if you have any questions about your hearing aids! We’re here to help.