There are millions of hearing aid users who do not take care of their devices properly. This often leads them to face disappointments when their devices fail to show satisfactory results. This further results in the user developing negative thoughts about the performance of hearing aids. The key to keep your hearing aid in good working condition as long as possible is to take proper care of it.

Although hearing aids are very effective and efficient in treating a majority of the hearing problems, they are, however, very delicate and sensitive devices and the slightest blow might damage them. If you expect your device to support you and improve your life for years together, you must also have to give it its return that it deserves. Here are some of the important tips that could save the life of your hearing aids -

  • Prevent your hearing aids from catching moisture and dirt - Moisture is the biggest enemy of your listening devices. It can even kill them! So it is upto you to take adequate preventive measures so as to ensure that your hearing aids are not absorbing moisture in any way. Also clean your devices regularly. This will not only clean the device of any moisture, but dirt and other granules as well. Accumulation of dirt and other foreign particles will deteriorate the overall performance of your listening device.

  • Avoid playing with the volume keys or programming keys (if applicable) too much - Changing the volume or program settings too often weakens the performance of hearing aids. They have the capability to adjust automatically to your preferred sound situations. So give it some time to get accustomed to your preferences, and you will never have to worry again.

  • Remember to remove your hearing aids before going to the bathroom or jumping in the pool - As mentioned earlier, water and moisture is a deadly killer for your delicate listening device. It might damage the internal parts of the hearing aids and also might damage the batteries. If you, however, drop it in water accidentally, immediately remove the batteries and dry the internal parts with hearing aid air blowers or other cleaning products provided with your device.

  • Get old and weak batteries replaced immediately - Old batteries might gradually damage the internal delicate parts of your hearing aids. Also, weak batteries tend to damage the overall health of these devices and they might stop functioning altogether.

  • Perform battery checks regularly - Normally a hearing aid battery is supposed to last for 1-2 weeks. In spite of that, you must regularly check whether your batteries are strong enough and are in good working conditions. Your Audiologist will teach you how to perform a battery test with the help of a battery tester specially designed to test batteries of hearing aids.

  • Remove the batteries when the device is not in use - Always make sure to remove the batteries from your hearing aids before going to bed, while taking it out before going to the bathroom, and at other times when you are not using them. Also, make sure to replace them properly by referring to instructions in your product literature or by consulting with your Audiologist.

  • Prevent the accumulation of earwax in the receiver of the device - Accumulation of earwax might result in a distortion of the sound and it might affect the performance of your hearing aids. Studies show that earwax accumulation is the leading cause of hearing aid failure. So regularly clean your device and keep its receiver blockage-free. However, you should never use sharp objects or wet cloth to clean the earwax, as it might damage the device’s internal parts. Always use a soft dry cloth or with the hearing aid cleaner provided with your product.

  • Perform listening checks regularly - Listen to your hearing aids regularly with the help of listening tubes. This test is to make sure that your device is working well, and is delivering clear sounds, without any distortion. Your Audiologist will teach you how to perform this listening test.

  • Wear you hearing aids properly - Improperly fitted hearing aids might cause feedback sounds from within the device, which occur when the ear mold is smaller in size or is loosely fitted. So always fit your hearing aids properly, and also keep your ears clean.

A lot of people are curious about the longevity of their hearing aids, but they fail to realise that it really depends on the user. It is the sole duty of the user to take proper care. Just as you as a user of hearing aids expect your device to work well for many years, your device too expect something in return from you. Your device will pay you with better results and will save your time and money in the long run. Hence the saying goes, “A stitch in time saves nine.”