Whether you’re trying to keep your hearing aids cool during the dog days of summer, or you simply want to get as much life out of your devices as you can, there are a few things you can do to help prevent wear and tear on your instruments.
After all, you know that a good quality hearing aid can be a significant, worthwhile financial investment. To keep your hearing aids in peak working condition and help them last as long as possible, we’ve gathered some easy care and maintenance tips.
Find a safe place for storage.
Choose a storage location that’s easy for you to remember, and make sure it’s both safe and dry to avoid potential damage to your hearing aids. If you plan on storing them for a longer period of time, make sure you remove the batteries and leave the battery door open to air out.
Use clean hands and a gentle touch.
There’s a lot of complex technology packed inside those compact hearing aids, so handle them with care. All that delicate technology is also sensitive to the everyday dirt you may not even notice on your hands, so it’s best to wash them before handling your hearing aids.
Avoid cleaning products that can damage your hearing aids.
Not all cleaning products are created equal when it comes to caring for your hearing aids. The wrong cleaner can be harsh and damaging to delicate components. Gentle hearing-aid cleansing wipes are good for daily cleaning, and our hearing care professionals can help with suggestions for deep cleaning.
Apply makeup and hairspray before you put in your hearing aids.
Makeup and hairspray look good on you, but not your hearing aids. Both can clog microphone openings, and block volume and program controls, too. So, when it comes to your morning routine, remember: beauty before hearing — wait until you’ve applied all of your makeup and set your hair before putting in your hearing aids.
Avoid direct contact with the following:
- Heat and Sunlight — Not only can intense heat and direct sunlight melt the casing, they can damage internal electronics as well, so be careful about leaving them out in the summer sun.
- Moisture — It’s one of the leading causes of damage so, unless otherwise instructed, be sure to remove hearing aids before swimming and showering. To help avoid exposure to moisture, don’t store them in damp spaces like the bathroom. It’s also a good idea to open the battery compartment and remove the batteries at night so your hearing aids can air out.
- Kids and Pets — As adorable as they may be, pets chew things and kids break things. It’s best to keep your hearing aids out of the reach of both.
Performance issues? Check the battery first.
If your hearing aids aren’t working as well as they used to, check the batteries before deciding to get a new one. Your batteries should last anywhere from 3 to 10 days, depending on your type of hearing aids and how much you use them. It’s also important that you’re storing your batteries properly to ensure longer life — our battery life blog post can help.
Do you have questions about maintaining your hearing aids? We’re here to help! Contact us at (281) 671-9626, or visit ConnectHearing.com to schedule a FREE hearing evaluation.