Hearing Aid Daily Care Checklist
Hearing aids are a valuable investment. At Hearing Aid Specialists of CT, we want you to get the most out of your hearing devices. When you are first fit with a hearing aid, we’ll show you how to clean them properly. If it’s been a while and you’d like a refresher course, we’d be happy to show you. Follow this hearing aid daily care checklist to keep your hearing aids working correctly for years to come.
✔ Battery check: Hearing aid batteries normally last up to 2 weeks. Check your batteries daily with a battery tester. Your hearing aids will function at their best when the batteries are at full strength. Top Tip: Remember to carry a spare set of hearing aid batteries with you, that way if your batteries do run out you’ve got it covered.
✔ Clean your hearing aids: You should clean your hearing aids every day with a soft, dry cloth. While you’re cleaning, look out for any grime or dirt.
✔ Clean your ear molds: Remove your ear molds from your hearing aids. Clean them gently in warm, soapy water. Carefully dry your ear molds with a forced air blower. Don’t use a hair dryer as this could damage your hearing aids. Once you’ve dried the ear molds, put them back onto your hearing aids.
✔ Keep your hearing aids dry: A dry hearing aid is a happy hearing aid. Prevent moisture building up inside your hearing aid with a drying container or dehumidifier. Remember to remove the batteries before you put your hearing aids into the container.
This hearing aid daily care checklist can help keep your hearing aids in tip-top shape. However, sometimes problems do arise. Here are 5 common hearing aid problems, and what you can do to troubleshoot them:
- Your Hearing Aid Is Making Noises. Feedback or a whistling noise is often a sign that your hearing aid is not fitting well. Well-fitting hearing aid should be snug. You can see if fit is causing a sound leak by turning the volume down. If the noise stops, it’s likely a poor fit causing the problem. Book an appointment with our hearing healthcare specialists, who will gladly check the fit of your device.
- Your Hearing Aid Has Gotten Wet. Some exposure to moisture is only natural. But if your hearing aid has gotten wet, leave it out to air. You could also put it in a bag of uncooked rice, which would soak up the excess moisture. Don’t forget to remove your hearing aids before showering, taking a bath or swimming.
- Weak Sound. Weak sound could indicate that your hearing has changed. Are you due for a hearing assessment?
- Distorted Sound. Check for corrosion on the battery or contact points. If you notice any corrosion, the hearing specialists at Hearing Help Associates can advise on how to safely clean your hearing aid.
- The Aid Is Not Working. It might sound obvious, but did you check the hearing aid is switched on?
If you’re still having issues with your hearing aids after troubleshooting the above, book an appointment with us today. Our hearing care specialists will be happy to look over your hearing aids. Call us on 888-657-5768 to book your appointment. Alternatively, click here to request your appointment online.