Being told that you need new hearing aids by your audiologist may be a bit of a surprise, but if you've been dealing with symptoms of hearing loss, it may not be as much of a surprise as you think! The good news is that your audiologist will take you through a range of hearing aid styles that will give you a chance to decide the types of hearing aids that will work best for you. You need to adequately maintain them and care for them when you are choosing your hearing aids, and if you choose the in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid style, looking after them requires you to follow some specific steps. Below, we've put together a short guide on cleaning and caring for your hearing aids that go in the canal.

Cleaning your ITC hearing aids

  • When you aren't wearing your hearing aids, you should leave the battery door open so that it can effectively "breathe.”
  • Wipe down your ITC hearing aids every day with a soft dry cloth.
  • Keep cleansers and water away from your hearing aids, and keep them dry at all times.
  • Use the right hearing aid tools to remove wax and debris from your ITC hearing aids.
  • Make an appointment for a replacement hearing aid if you notice any discoloration at all.
  • Store your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. There are special drying jars that you can get to keep them in while you are cleaning the other components.
  • Small hearing aids should be kept away from children and pets and yours should be kept safe while you are cleaning them.
  • Hearing aids need to be dry no matter what, so don't swim, shower or sauna with them in.
  • Routine maintenance and performance checks need to be scheduled regularly so that your hearing aids are going to be in the best possible condition.

Troubleshooting ITC hearing aids

There are occasions where your hearing aids may not work properly even though you've done everything right. You can book an appointment with your audiologist to get them fixed, but you can troubleshoot the issues yourself to see whether it's an easy fix.

To troubleshoot your ITC device, you can replace the batteries first and foremost to see if that's the problem that you're having. Your hearing aids will work better when you check for feedback and change the battery – it could just be that. Check all of the domes and wax guards, too, as there could be blockages from wax or debris that you can clear off.

Ideally, the issue is just a battery-related one, and if so, you should benefit from a replacement battery fairly quickly.

Whatever you do, don't put your batteries in the refrigerator or anywhere that's too hot. You want this to be a good fix not one that requires you to have to send off your hearing aids and wait for them to be fixed.