How to Clean Hearing Aids + Maintenance tips

That's why we've put up a general hearing aid maintenance guide to help you keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

How to Clean Hearing Aids + Maintenance tips

by Dr. Kevin Ivory

If you've just received new hearing aids, you are well on your road to improving your hearing health. Hearing aids take some getting used to, but after that, you'll come to rely on them to keep you connected to the world around you.

Hearing aids, like any other electronic device, require daily maintenance and care to guarantee optimal performance.

We recognize the importance of hearing aids in your daily life, which is why we offer repairs to ensure that they are working correctly. If your hearing aids aren't working correctly and you'd want to take advantage of our hearing aid repair service, please contact us.

We would be delighted to see you, but it's even better when you can go for years without needing maintenance! That's why we've put up a general hearing aid maintenance guide to help you keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape for as long as possible.

How to store your hearing aids

The majority of people will remove and store their hearing aids at night while sleeping. Thisis recommended since tossing and turning while sleeping can damage your hearing aids.

When storing your hearing aids, keep them in a padded container. Because the minor components of hearing aids could pose a danger for small children and dogs, keep thecontainer out of reach.

The number one enemy of hearing aids is moisture! Keep your hearing aids in a cool, dryplace, such as a drawer in your bedroom, when not in use. Though it may be tempting aspart of your morning/night ritual, avoid storing your hearing aids in the bathroom, asbathrooms may become quite humid and moist.

If you're taking your hearing aids out of the house, make sure to keep them in a cool, dry place. That's why you should avoid storing your hearing aids in the car during the summer,for example, because the temperature might quickly rise and destroy the sensitive components within.

How to clean your hearing aids

Remember not to use water to clean your hearing aids! Water can quickly get inside andplay havoc with the electronics. Instead, wipe down your hearing aids with a clean, soft, drytowel.

Plastic tubing is included as part of the function of behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canalhearing aids. Clean these components using the instruments recommended by your hearingspecialist. Avoid dismantling your hearing aids because they may void any warranties andcause damage.

How to look after your hearing aid batteries

Most hearing aids use disposable zinc-air batteries, which will need to be replaced manytimes per month, depending on your hearing aids' usage and energy consumption.

When your hearing aid is not in use, open the battery door to allow moisture to escape.Both the battery and the hearing aid benefit from this.

Batteries for hearing aids should not be kept in the refrigerator. Instead, remove any stickersfrom the batteries until you're ready to insert them into the device.

Check your hearing aid batteries in the morning to make sure they're charged and working.Keep an extra pair of batteries on hand because you've probably come to rely on hearingaids to connect to the world around you.

If you use rechargeable hearing aid batteries, you'll benefit from multiple charging stationsso you can pop one into your bag before traveling. In addition, some kinds of rechargeablehearing aid batteries may need to be replaced once a year.


Remember to include extra batteries, storage containers, and cleaning supplies whiletraveling with hearing aids. You'll also want to come to see us before your trip for a quicktune-up to ensure your hearing aids are in good working order.

If you are traveling to a humid area, you should consider bringing along a dehumidifier.These are simple to use; simply put your hearing aids in the device overnight, and it willremove any moisture that has accumulated throughout the day.

Time for a repair?

No matter how much time and effort you put into looking after your hearing aid, it willeventually need to be repaired. You've probably tried everything in the handbook to get it towork, but if they still won't switch on, that means that it's time to go to the store.

If your gadget is giving you feedback or whistling, you may have a fit problem. Rememberthat because of changes in the size and shape of the inner ear, even previously perfect fitscan worsen with time.

No matter how much cleaning and maintenance you perform, it is susceptible to dust andsweat in the areas you can't clean. In addition, the outside environment could quicklydamage the sensitive sound processor inside.

If your hearing aids aren't working correctly, don't try to fix them yourself. Dismantling yourhearing aids risks damaging them and voiding any warranties that may be offered. Instead,schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists to get your hearingaids examined.

It's also crucial to have your hearing aids cleaned regularly. Deep cleanings for your hearingaids are available from our skilled hearing instrument specialists to ensure that they are ingood working order.

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Dr. Kevin H. Ivory
Audiologist & University Instructor
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Dr. Kevin Ivory, Au.D., CCC-A received his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top 10 audiology residential programs in the country.

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