Hearing Aid Maintenance

Proper Care of Hearing Aids

Taking proper care of the things you purchase is crucial to their longevity. Your new computer must be charged, your new phone needs a protective case and your hearing aid needs daily maintenance.

There are 48 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, and most of these individuals wait an average of seven years before seeking help. If you were one of these individuals, getting that first hearing test was a long time coming.

Tasks to Properly Care for Your Hearing Aid

In order to keep your hearing aids working as well as they were the first day you got them, your Provo audiologist recommends completing the following daily tasks:

Clean the hearing aid

This may sound like a no-brainer but it is worth stating. Every night when you remove your hearing aid it is important to properly clean the device to remove any buildup of earwax, dirt or grime. A soft, dry cloth can be used to clean the hearing aid itself and the earmold (the part that goes into the ear canal) can be cleaned with a mild soap solution. Make sure to remove the earmold from the hearing aid before cleaning and that the earmold is completely dry before reattaching.

Remove the moisture

Your hearing aid spends most of its life inside your ear; just think about how much moisture can become trapped inside. A hearing aid drying container or a dehumidifier should be used to remove the excess moisture. Make sure to remove the battery from the hearing aid before you place it in the container overnight.

Check the batteries

You can typically tell when normal mercury batteries are dying, as the device they are in gets weaker. The zinc batteries used in hearing aid do not act like this; they go from seemingly full to dead in an instant. The only way to tell if your hearing aid batteries will make it through the day is to use a battery tester ever morning. You should always keep extra batteries with you, just in case.

While this may sound like a lot, it is nothing compared to the time and money it will cost you to complete frequent repairs. Contact your Provo audiologist for more tips and tricks to protect your costly investment.