Hearing aids are highly specialised and somewhat delicate instruments, so it’s very important to care for them properly. While different types of hearing aids may require different maintenance, routine cleaning and moisture reduction will go a long way to ensuring your hearing aids remain in good working order.
Below, we’ve outlined some of the more basic maintenance processes that all hearing aid users should follow.
Avoid moisture damage
It may sound obvious, but water damage is one of the most common causes of hearing aid failure. Hearing aids are just like any other electronic device and most shouldn’t get wet, so ensure you remove your hearing aid before swimming or bathing. Don’t leave them in the bathroom where condensation can accumulate.
Of course, hearing aids shouldn’t get in the way of life, so they will inevitably be exposed to perspiration or even a sudden downpour! Try to wipe away excessive sweat, and always give your hearing aids time to dry out properly. Open the battery door overnight so that air can circulate, and consider specialty drying systems like drying containers, capsules and cushions.
Your hearing aids should be gently cleaned after each use with a dry soft cloth, or a special cleansing wipe. They will also need to be cleaned more thoroughly once a week to avoid wax build up that may cause blockages.
Only the earmoulds and tubing can be washed in water. When washing, avoid using harsh chemicals and solvents as these can damage hearing aids. Leave them to dry completely before refitting them, and ensure you know which mould belongs to each aid so they can be put back together properly. It’s also a good idea to hold your hearing aid over a soft surface while cleaning to prevent damage if you accidentally drop it.
These tips are a good place to start, but it’s best to follow the advice of your hearing clinician. When looked after correctly, hearing aids will provide several years of reliable service.