As your number one hearing aid source for Tucson, AZ, we have seven tips for you to help you properly care for your hearing aids on a regular basis. By providing your hearing aids with the correct care, you can extend their lifespan and protect them from some of the hazards that these tiny devices face.
1. Wash Your Hand Before Touching Your Hearing Aids
While it is natural to simply reach up and touch your hearing aids, it is best if you don’t do this without washing your hands first.
Even if your hands are clean, hands often have oils which can damage the delicate circuitry in your hearing aids. Also, as many people have lotion on their hands, this can cause debris to adhere to the surface of your hearing aids, clogging them.
2. Wipe Your Hearing Aids Down Nightly
After a full day of wearing your hearing aids, they have likely acquired a fine layer of earwax and moisture as they rest on or in your ears. Before you put them away for the night, you should wipe them down carefully, with a soft surface below you in case your hearing aids slip and fall from your hands.
Also, it is best if you use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe down your hearing aids. Other materials can be abrasive and scratch your hearing aids, leaving uncomfortable grooves, where the microfiber will prevent damage and pick up the small particles.
3. Pop Open The Battery Doors Every Night
Once you are done wiping down your hearing aids, be sure to pop the battery doors open. While this isn’t necessary if your hearing aids area rechargeable, for battery operated hearing aids, you can extend the lifespan of your hearing aids by cutting the connection between your hearing aids and their batteries. It also allows the insides of your hearing aids to dry out if any moisture has become trapped.
If you do have a hearing aid dehumidifier, we do recommend you use it on a nightly basis to help prevent moisture buildup on the inside of your hearing aids. But if you don’t have one, opening the battery doors is a good alternative.
4. Change Your Batteries Before They Are Dead
Some people wear down their hearing aid batteries until they are completely dead. This practice can be taxing on your hearing aids. Instead of doing this, we recommend that you change out your hearing aid batteries before they are dead.
To do this, all you need to do is listen for when your hearing aids begin to sound weaker. If you would like, you can stock up on batteries the next time you visit our hearing clinic, as we carry all sizes of available hearing aid batteries.
5. Do In-Depth Cleaning Once A Week
Pick a day as your in-depth hearing aid cleaning day. While this cleaning won’t likely take you more than 5 minutes, it is important to stick to a regular cleaning schedule. Some of the things you should do are:
- Clean the battery contacts
- Change the wax filters (can vary from weekly to monthly, ask our hearing specialist to be sure what’s right for your device).
- Use a hearing aid pick to clean out any debris from your microphone, receiver, and other nooks and crannies.
You should not use any cleaners on your hearing aids, as most are corrosive to the delicate casing of your hearing aids. If you do want some kind of cleaner, our hearing instrument specialist can recommend a hearing aid-safe wipe.
6. Come In For Regular Professional Hearing Aid Cleanings
Another important aspect of extending the lifespan of your hearing aids is having them cleaned on a regular basis, whether you come in quarterly or biannually to have your hearing aids professionally cleaned. Our hearing specialist has a number of specialized tools to allow him to clean your hearing aids effectively and check to see if they need any repairs.
7. Take Out Your Hearing Aids Before Certain Activities
Normally, we are all for you wearing your hearing aids during all your waking hours, but there are some activities which can be harmful to them. Some of the top time you should take out your hearing aids are:
- Before swimming, showering, or any other water-based activity
- Take out your hearing aids before using a hair dryer or hair spray
- Prior to enjoying extreme sports, such as dirt biking, skiing, etc.
Also, be sure to protect your hearing aids from becoming too hot or cold, covering them with hats or other headgear.
Should you need help with your hearing aids, feel free to contact us today. Our hearing instrument specialist is happy to work with you to bring your hearing aids back into top condition.