Caring for your hearing aids diligently is important. The electronic components within your devices need protection from moisture, earwax, dirt, and dust in order to function at their full potential. Other parts of your hearing aids can also cause your devices to underperform if the parts get clogged, worn out, or damaged. Maintaining your devices at home will help your devices work better and last longer so you can get the most out of your investment.
The best way to ensure you’re properly caring for your hearing aids is to keep up with all recommended cleaning and maintenance routines both at home and with the help a trusted hearing aid professional at your San Diego audiologist’s office.Regular professional servicing appointments are extremely important and should be scheduled every 3¬–6 months.
Most hearing aid care can be done at home through regular daily cleanings and parts replacements. Cleaning your hearing aids should become a regular part of your daily routine. Many patients choose to invest in a cleaning tool, cleaning kit, or dehumidifier to make the daily cleaning process easier and more effective.
Each night, wipe down your hearing aids with a clean, dry cloth. Make sure you get the exterior as well as the batteries and battery compartment. Never use any water or cleaning products on your devices, as this will cause damage to the technology within the hearing aid. As you clean, check the microphone, tubing, and any other small components to get all earwax, moisture, and dirt.
If you have a dehumidifier at home, this is a great place to store your devices overnight. It will work as you sleep to remove any and all moisture inside and out, ensuring perfectly working devices when you wake up. If you don’t choose to use a dehumidifier, store your hearing aids somewhere in the open air that’s safe from any drips or spills.
When your hearing aids are out of your ears, it’s a great idea to ensure the battery compartment is open and the batteries are out of the devices. This extends the life of your batteries and ensures no moisture or earwax is eroding the battery contacts.
It’s always a smart idea to have plenty of spare components on hand, including tubing, batteries, and wax filters. Keep an eye out for clogs, and always replace components that look old, worn, or dirty.