Cary Audiology Associates

Hearing Aid Maintenance

If you are somebody who uses hearing aids, it is important that you take care of them. If you don’t, then you will end up having to send them off for repair. However, there are things that you can do to keep your hearing aids working so that you can prevent getting to the point where they’re broken or need to be fixed. If you want to prevent hearing aid repairs, here are three options to consider.

Keep them clean

One of the things that you can do to prevent hearing aid repairs is to make sure that you are keeping your hearing aids clean at all times. You should make sure that you are not using water or any other fluid to clean your hearing aids as this can damage them. You can clean the outside of your hearing aid with a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt and you can use a special brush to clean away any earwax that may have built up around the sound outlet and microphone. If you are unsure about what kind of brush to use for this, your audiologist can recommend one for you when you go for your next visit.

Stay in touch

It is possible that as time goes on, your hearing levels may have changed, which will mean that your hearing aids will need adjusting. You should see your audiologist regularly so that they can conduct hearing evaluations to track your hearing progress. This way, you will get the best possible use out of them and you won’t be sending them off for a hearing aid repairs when they simply needed adjusting.

You should open the door of your hearing aid when you are not using them to make sure that they are not using power when they are not in your ear as this can wear down the battery. If you are unsure of how to do this, then let your audiologist know and they will show you what to do at your next appointment.

Keep them on

One of the best ways to keep your hearing aids safe is to keep them on. It may take a while to adjust to having them in if you have never had hearing aids before. If this is the case then you should get used to them slowly. Use them for an hour at a time, then build up to a couple of hours and eventually you will be wearing them all day without even noticing they are there.

However there are some exceptions and times when you should not be wearing your hearing aids as they could get damaged. You should not wear your hearing aids in the shower, if you go swimming or when you are using a hair dryer. Hearing aid repairs will be necessary if you expose your aids to moisture or high temperatures like in the examples above. Most important, when you are not wearing your hearing aids, it is vital that you store them in a safe, dry place.