Hearing aids are great and essential devices. But like any device, they need to properly looked after in order for them to work properly. These are few tips to ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids:
- Keep you hearing aids clean
Your ears contain bacteria, which can move onto your hearing aids and cause problems in the long term if your aid isn’t cleaned properly. Wipe the hearing aid with an alcohol-free wipe daily. If your hearing aid has moulds that cup around the ear, pay special attention to cleaning the mould.
- Turn off your hearing aid when its not in use
When you’re not using your hearing aid for a short amount of time, you should switch it off. When you are not using your hearing aid for a prolonged period, it's best to remove the battery completely, to make it last longer and prevent any damage.
- Store your hearing aid properly
Keep your hearing aid in the special case provided. This will help reduce the amount of dust and bacteria on it. When at home, keep your hearing aid in a cool, dry place. Don’t use your hearing aid in the bath of shower, and try to avoid exposing it to heat and humidity.
- Remove ear wax
A build-up of ear wax over time can distort your hearing through the hearing aid. A wax pick and brush can remove wax from the end of the hearing aid. If your ear is prone to a build up of wax, it is worth seeing an audiologist to have the wax professionally removed.
- Read the manual carefully
Every hearing aid is different. Whilst the above tips will apply to most hearing aids, please read the instructions to read about what is best for your specific model. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer directly
These are a few of the ways to look after your hearing aids. As always if you have any questions please contact the manufacturer or an audiologist