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How to Take Care of Your Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids are truly incredible, life-improving devices that millions of people across the country rely on. However, hearing aids are also the product of complex, sophisticated engineering, which means that a few care measures are required to ensure your device is always fully functional and working at its best. Below, we’ve brought together the best tips and advice related to hearing aid care. 

Clean your hearing aids every time you use them 

  • Every time you remove your hearing aids, use a dry, lint-free cloth to wipe the device down gently
  • Doing this can help avoid significant issues – such as earwax buildup – that can hamper the performance of your device 

Change the wax filter as required

  • Most hearing aids are equipped with a wax filter, which is designed to catch earwax and prevent it from reaching the internal components of the device
  • Even with regular wipe-downs, you will still need to change the wax filter regularly; your audiologist will be able to advise you further on how this should be done. 

Avoid moisture 

  • Hearing aids – including those that are marketed as water-resistant – can develop faults if they become wet, so avoiding moisture is incredibly important. 
  • Remove your hearing aids when showering or bathing, or if you are caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella. 

Do not use heat to dry your hearing aids

  • If your device does become exposed to water, avoid using heat to try and dry them out – for example, do not place the device on a radiator, or use a hairdryer. Excess heat can be just as damaging as moisture. 
  • Instead, use a dry cloth to wipe any surface moisture away and then either place your device in a dry environment such as a moisture-wicking jar or dehumidifier or visit your audiologist for further advice. 

Be cautious with hair and body products 

  • Products such as hairspray, deodorant, and perfume can all pose a risk to hearing aids
  • Get into the habit of removing your hearing aids before using any of the products and when using hairspray, ensure that the spray has dried onto your hair before inserting your hearing aids

 Take your hearing aids to be cleaned professionally 

  • While cleaning your hearing aid at home is essential, regular professional cleanings are far more in-depth and can help to avoid problems from developing
  • Your audiologist will be able to advise how regularly your hearing aid can be cleaned, though you can arrange a cleaning at any time if you suspect any issues are developing or are experiencing problems

Store your hearing aids carefully 

  • Hearing aids should be stored in a secure container and, ideally, one that can help keep your device dry.
  • Ensure that pets or young children cannot access your hearing aids 

By following all of the advice, you should be able to care for your hearing aids and ensure that they are always able to perform as needed.