Hearing aids have to ability to last up to 5 years if taken care of properly. There are numerous tips and tools to help upkeep your aids and each style has different necessary cleaning steps. To avoid having to replace your hearing aids too soon and protect your investment of better hearing, here are a few steps you should follow:
1. Refrain from exposure to intense heat or cold
Exposing your hearing aids to extreme heat or cold could cause damage to them so , be cautious next time you shovel your driveway on a cold winter day, or go for a cool-down swim in the middle of July.
2. Maintain good hygiene habits
Remember to leave your hearing aids out while showering and getting ready for the day. This prevents any unwanted water or soap damage.
3. Utilize proper cleaning utensils
The two main at-home tools that can be used are a brush and a wax pick. Earwax can often collect at the end of a hearing aid where the sound comes through, thus, causing either muffled sounds or unwanted feedback. Use the brush and pick to remove any wax on the opening end of your hearing aid.
4. Clean your hearing aids daily
Gently cleaning your hearing aids after a long day of use is highly recommended. In doing so, it allows them to be aired out for several hours before you use them again. Be careful and refrain from using any cleansing wipes that may contain alcohol or other harsh chemicals that could cause damage.
The best tip to follow nightly is:
Removing your hearing aid batteries and allow the compartment to remain open all night to dry. You may also want to brush the battery compartment with a small spooley shaped brush.
Helping Your Hearing Aids Last
Properly caring and cleaning can help you get years of issue-free use from your aids. As recommended by most hearing care professionals, you should regularly get your hearing aids professionally cleaned. Hearing care providers have specialized tools and instruments to deep clean hearing aids and remove wax from hard to reach areas. If it’s been a while since you’ve last scheduled a professional cleaning for your hearing aids call us today!