Your hearing aid is important to you. It improves your quality of life by allowing you more freedom to interact with the world and speak and listen comfortably in all sorts of situations. Going even a single day without your hearing aid can be quite trying for you and those around you! You can prevent lots of common hearing aid problems and reduce the need for frequent repairs by following these hearing aid use and care tips.
In order to transmit sound properly, both your ear and your hearing aid need to be clean.
- Clean the earwax from your hearing aid regularly using the brush or cloth that came with the unit.
- Do not put cleaning tools of any kind into the sound outlet.
- Clean the battery contacts whenever you change the battery
Low or dead batteries are the most common cause of a “dead” hearing aid. You can improve your battery life and hearing aid performance with these tips:
- Try to change your batteries before they actually run out. This might involve some guesswork unless you have a model that indicates its battery level.
- Turn your hearing aid off while you sleep, and any other time you’re not using it.
- Leave the battery compartment open when you’re not using it, to let moisture evaporate and reduce the chances of corrosion.
- Take the battery out of your hearing aid if you don’t plan to wear it for a while.
Even though many hearing aids feature protective coatings to shield them from water, skin oil, and earwax, that doesn’t mean that you should expose your hearing aid to these substances unnecessarily. You should always take care to keep your hearing aid safe from possible damage.
- Remove your hearing aid before swimming, showering, or using a hair dryer or hair spray.
- When you’re not wearing your hearing aid, store it in a dry and cool place.
- Be careful when taking your hearing aid in and out of your ear.