Taking care of your hearing aid properly once you have it will ensure its longevity and allow you to make the most of this health investment. Below, you’ll find the do’s and don’ts of hearing aid care to give you an idea of what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

Do avoid condensation

Your hearing device should never be subject to condensation. Remove your hearing device before you get into the bathroom, not once you’re in the bathroom.

Don’t wear your hearing aid in the shower

A hearing aid should not get wet. Don’t wear it in the shower, while swimming, or while bathing. Take measures to keep it protected from the rain too; use an umbrella, put up your hood or wear other ear protection.

Do invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier

Hearing aid dehumidifiers are inexpensive and are a safe and reliable place to store your hearing aid overnight. Remember to open the battery compartment to allow maximum air flow and place in the dehumidifier overnight. This device will draw out moisture, keep everything dry and stop rust in the long term.

Don't forget to clean the battery contacts

You should clean the battery contacts on your hearing aid each time you change the battery to avoid corrosion. This will help your hearing aid last a lot longer.

Do clean your hearing aid after use

Remember to take a few moments each day to use a soft cloth and clean your hearing aid. This will stop things from building up so you don’t clog up the fine tubing within the hearing aid.

Don’t spray things near your hearing aid

When you’re getting ready for the day, remember to keep things like deodorant, perfume, and hairspray well away from your hearing aid. Tiny particles can easily affect your hearing aid if sprayed too closely, so it’s best to spray these things before you put in your hearing aid.

Do store your hearing aid properly

Storing your hearing aid properly in a special container will stop it from being subject to things that could damage it. A bright container will help you to spot it easily in your bag, as well as stop it from being exposed to unnecessary lint and dust.

Don’t neglect to have your ears cleaned regularly

Have your ears cleaned by a professional as appropriate to avoid a build up of wax that will eventually affect your hearing aid. This may be once or twice a month by visiting a qualified audiologist.

Do contact an audiologist for more advice

If you would like more specific advice on how to take care of your hearing aid, an audiologist will be able to help you.

Don’t try to fix your hearing aid yourself

If you’re having an issue with your hearing aid, avoid trying to fix it yourself and instead visit an audiologist.

A hearing aid can be a great investment for your health, but only if you plan on caring for it appropriately. Pay attention to these dos and don'ts and you’ll make yours last much longer.