Hearing aids require special care to ensure that remain working properly. You should ask your audiologist to show you how to take care of your hearing aid and how to check them regularly. For a basic list of everyday maintenance techniques you can perform, see the below points.
Perform a listening check
When your hearing aid is turned on (fresh battery door closed), you can listen to the hearing aid to ensure it is functioning. Depending on how severe your loss is, you can do one of the following:
- Cup the hearing aid in your hand and listen for any feedback.
- With the hearing aid in the ear, rub your hand or finger over the microphone and listen for scratchy sounds or loss of volume.
Check batteries with a battery tester
Use the tester to ensure the batteries are at full strength which will keep your hearing aid performing optimally. Once batteries are finished, in about 4 to 10 days (depending on battery size), discard and dispose of them properly. Keep spare batteries on hand and store them in a cool and dry place to ensure optimal performance. Don’t have a battery tester? If you perform a listening check and hear feedback, you know the battery is working.
Clean the aid regularly
You should use a soft and dry cloth to clean regular dirt and stains from the hearing aid. You will also want to take your brush and go over the microphones and where the sound comes out. Also, make sure to clean your case with rubbing alcohol or any other type of cleaning agent once a week.
Avoid excess moisture
Your hearing aid will be water resistant to normal everyday life, but avoid using it in the shower, heavy rain, or in the swimming pool.
Open battery door when not using your hearing aid
When taking your hearing aid out, especially before bed, you should open the battery door to allow the air to circulate.
Protect from heat
Your hearing aid should not be in contact with direct heat. Always avoid leaving your hearing aid in direct sunlight and keep away from your stove or microwave.
Remember to remove your hearing aid before applying products, and ensure you have clean hands before handling the hearing aid after. Chemicals that can be harmful include: hairspray, cosmetics, suntan lotion, perfumes/colognes, bug sprays.
Store in a safe location
You will want to store your hearing aid somewhere safe to ensure pets and children do not have easy access which could result in choking or having your hearing aid chewed to pieces.
Store where it will not fall
Ensure you store the hearing aid that if it were to fall that it would land somewhere soft. Landing on a hard surface could easily cause harm. Putting your hearing aid in their presentation case could help protect your case from damage.
To ensure optimal performance, you will have to keep your hearing aid free of harm. Performing the above points on a daily basis you can help maintain optimal hearing conditions.