Hearing aids offer immeasurable benefit to individuals with hearing loss. They also represent a major investment. Care should be taken to ensure they provide years of service. By following a few important tips, you can help protect your investment and extend their life.
Tip 1: Be aware of the temperature. Avoid exposing your hearing aids to excessive heat and cold. Do not leave them in your car during hot summer or cold winter months. Be sure to remove them prior to using a hair dryer. Humidity and hearing aids do not mix; if you live in a humid environment, purchase a hearing aid dehumidifier.
Tip 2: Avoid moisture and water. Moisture can damage your hearing aids. Use an umbrella or hooded raincoat when it’s raining to help protect them. Make sure your hair and ears are completely dry before inserting your hearing aids. Remove them if you are at the hairdresser or barber. At night, remove them and open the casing door to allow air to ventilate the interior.
Tip 3: Avoid shock and vibration. When changing the battery, hold your hearing aids over a cushioned surface in case they slip from your hands. Store your hearing aids in the cushioned case they came in. To avoid accidents, sit down when inserting or removing your hearing aids.
Tip 4: Regularly clean the outer shell of your hearing aids. In-the-ear hearing aids should be wiped off with a dry cloth, and the receiver opening should be cleaned with a wax brush (usually included with your hearing aids). Behind-the-ear hearing aids should also be wiped off with a dry cloth, and the earmold should be washed in warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. This should be done in the evening, so they can dry overnight.
Tip 5: Use hair, shaving and cosmetic products carefully. Perfume, hairspray, bath powder, shaving cream, cosmetics and hair gel can all clog the microphone of your hearing devices.