If you or a loved one has and uses a hearing aid, then it’s important to pay attention to the device. As something that’s vital to your sense of well-being, and likely to be used for a long time, you need to carry out routine maintenance. Much like vehicles or other important appliances in your home, you need to make sure that the device is in tip-top shape. Frequent maintenance routines will help the device last longer, function better and prevent the need for frequent hearing aid repairs – usually means that you would not be able to hear properly while the unit is getting fixed. To keep your hearing aid working well for a long time, follow the maintenance routines outlined in this article.

Turn it Off When It’s Not in Use

This is most important at night. There’s no point in leaving your hearing aid on when you’re not using it. In fact, adopt this habit whenever the hearing aid isn’t being used. This way, the batteries will last longer and the device will not be unduly overworked. Remember that the battery in the hearing unit is meant to last a long time. But if you do this, you’ll find that your battery will last much more than those who perpetually leave theirs on. Also, consider leaving the battery compartment open at night to avoid moisture buildup in the device or get rid of any excess moisture or dampness.

Store Them Properly

The best way to store a hearing aid is to put it in a dry aid kit when you’re going to bed. However, if that’s not possible, make sure to put the device in its case. If you don’t have a portable dehumidifier, make sure to place a small bag of silica gel near it. This will help extract any excess dampness and moisture, leaving your hearing aid dry. This is important because moisture often contributes to hearing aid damage, necessitating the need for a repair.

Check the Earmold Frequently

Most specifically, check it for earwax blockage, dirt or debris. These three things can lead to muffled, partial or no hearing. Do this every day to ensure that the mold is free of these things. If you find any debris or wax, clean it out immediately. You don’t want any of these things on your hearing aid. Also, remember to periodically change and clean your wax guards.

Always Clean Your Hearing Aid with Dry Cloth

As you probably know, moisture is your hearing aid’s leading nemesis. So, make sure to wipe it down every day with a piece of dry cloth. This will go a long way in preventing moisture buildup within the device.

Visit Your Audiologist 

At least once a year, take your hearing aid to your audiologist and let them take a proper look at it. You can do this when you go for your annual hearing test or checkup. Even if you feel that it’s in great shape, it’s better to know for sure. Your audiologist will look at it critically and let you know if there are things that you need to fix or not.