8 Tips for Caring for Your Hearing Aids

Did you know that moisture and debris can cause your hearing aids to malfunction? That is why caring for your hearing aids is so important. Following a few easy steps will keep you connected to your world by ensuring optimal hearing aid performance.  

Here are a few easy things you can do at home to keep your hearing aids in tip top shape:

  1. Always handle your hearing aids with care
  2. Wash your hands before handling your hearing aids
  3. Store your hearing aids in a safe, dry place away from children and pets
  4. Turn off your hearing aids when you are not using them
  5. Periodically clean the battery contacts and remove any visible earwax or debris with a clean cloth
  6. Change filters or wax guards to remove wax and dirt that may impact sound quality
  7. Schedule routine checkups with your hearing professional for professional cleanings
  8. Don’t wear your hearing aids in the shower, while swimming or while using a hair dryer or hair spray 

It’s not uncommon for hearing aids to require some degree of professional service, which is why hearing aids are often sold with warranties and repair coverage. All hearing aids are exposed to environmental factors that can adversely affect performance including humidity, earwax, moisture, and debris. Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) and In-The-Ear (ITE) devices are especially susceptible to wax, and hearing aids worn over the ear are especially exposed to damage from sweat, water and physical debris. Cleaning your hearing aids every day can drastically reduce the number of repairs required during the lifespan of your hearing aids and help keep sound quality high! 

For more information on hearing aid care, visit our Hearing Aid Maintenance and Care page.

Learning to care for your hearing aids at home and scheduling regular appointments with your hearing professional will ensure that your hearing aids help you hear your very best.

Need more tips for keeping your hearing aids in top working condition? Watch our instructional videos here.

By Beth McCormick

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