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Hearing Aid Maintenance Tips

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To keep your hearing aids in tip-top condition, you’ll need to look after them carefully. If you have hearing aids, and you’re looking to optimize performance and increase lifespan, here are some helpful maintenance tips and tricks

Cleaning your hearing aids

When you have your hearing aids fitted, your audiologist will explain how to clean them. It’s crucial to clean your hearing aids on a regular basis to prevent damage and keep your hearing aids in good working order. Ideally, you should try to clean the devices every day. 

Before you clean your hearing aids, wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Using a soft cloth, or a cleaning wipe, gently wipe away any debris or dust and taking care to ensure no liquid gets into the microphone. While you’re cleaning your hearing aids, keep an eye out for any visible signs of damage or dirt. Avoid using strong cleaning products or alcohol-based substances and use cloths, brushes or wipes. Most manufacturers will provide a specialist cleaning kit that contains utensils designed for hearing aids. These tools are much safer and more effective than household items you might pick up in a hurry if you can’t find a brush, such as needles or scissors. 

Storing your hearing aids

You won’t use your hearing aids 24 hours a day. When you take your hearing aids out at night, make sure you store them in a safe, dry place. Never leave your hearing aids lying around, as this can expose them to moisture, chemicals, dirt and dust. If you have a designated place to keep them, the risk of losing the devices will also be much lower. Many people choose to keep their hearing aids in a sealed box. If you have cleaned your hearing aids, and you’re going to put them away for the night, make sure the devices are dry before you place them in the container. You can dry them using a towel or cloth. Avoid using anything that generates intense heat a hairdryer. It’s best to keep your hearing aids out of the bathroom and to remove them before showering, as trapped moisture within the device can cause damage. 

When you’re out and about, take the protective container, pouch or bag with you. If you choose to take your hearing aids out, you can then store them safely and securely. If they’re lost inside a backpack or a purse, they could get damaged by other objects, as well as dust and dirt. 

Replacing hearing aid batteries

Hearing aid batteries usually last between three and 15 days, depending on the type of battery you use. When the power is low, and you’re ready to change the battery, remove the seal from the new battery, take the old cell out of the chamber and then wait for one minute. Most disposable hearing aid batteries are zinc-air batteries, which are activated when exposed to oxygen. Leaving the new battery for a minute will facilitate activation and ensure that the new battery is working when you start using your hearing aids again. It’s really important to make sure that you’re ready to change the battery when you take the protective tab off the new cell, as you can’t replace the seal. 

To get the best out of your batteries and increase longevity, it’s advisable to turn the hearing aids off when you’re not using them and to open the battery chamber door at night. This enables any moisture that may have seeped into the battery holder to escape. 

When you’re cleaning your hearing aids or replacing the batteries, make sure you work over a soft surface or cover a kitchen top or table with a towel. This will protect the device if you accidentally drop it or it slips out of your hands. 

Optimizing hearing aid performance tips

As well as keeping up with general maintenance, you can also optimize the performance of your hearing aids by keeping in touch with your audiologist. If you have any problems, or you notice that your hearing aids don’t seem to be working as well as usual, contact your audiologist as soon as possible. If repairs or adjustments are required, it’s usually best to intervene early to prevent further damage and improve the quality and clarity of sound. 

If you use hearing aids, it’s hugely beneficial to take good care of them. If you’d like advice about cleaning or storing your hearing aids, you have questions about changing batteries or you’re keen to learn more about Hadassah Kupfer Au.D, get in touch today. Call us now at 917-791-1510.