As complex as your hearing aid devices might be, it's the much simpler battery that's a common culprit behind many of the most common issues and malfunctions. Besides cleaning and the proper storage of the device, learning a little battery care is essential. Here are a few tips from your hearing health professional on how to treat those hearing aid batteries.

Do: keep them dry

Moisture is the greatest foe of the battery, causing them to corrode over time, which not only saps their energy but can lead to damage to your hearing aids as well. Avoid exposing your hearing aid to condensation and invest in a dehumidifier to keep your batteries nice and dry when they're not in use.

Don't: wear them in the bathroom

As mentioned, moisture is a no-go for your batteries. Avoid taking them into the bathroom with you. At the very least, keep them outside if you're taking a shower, bath, or washing your hair.

Do: clean the battery contacts

The battery contacts inside the battery port of the hearing aid ensure the clean supply of energy to the device. They're prone to corrosion over time if dirt and dust are left to cling to them. When you take your batteries out, simply run over the contacts with a clean, dry and soft cloth to clean them.

Don't: leave them in the hearing aid overnight

The perfect opportunity to clean those contacts is before you go to bed as you should be taking your batteries out every single night. Leaving your batteries in when the device isn't in use can still drain them over time. Keep the battery port door open, as well, so that it can be left to air out and dry, avoiding condensation buildup over time.

Do: clean your hearing aid

Dirt, dust, earwax and other kinds of debris can and will build-up on your hearing aid over time. Not only does this mean that important parts like the receiver tube can get blocked up, but that clutter also attracts moisture. Condensation can cling to dirt and infiltrate the battery port, where they start causing the batteries to corrode. Cleaning your hearing aids daily with the appropriate cleaning kit is essential.

Don't: neglect to clean your ears

Similarly, cleaning your ears of wax build ups is important, too. Those who wear hearing aids are more prone to experiencing higher levels of earwax production than others. It's recommended you visit your hearing health professional for a more routine clean. This stops wax from building up, attaching to the device and affecting those batteries.

If you're experiencing any issues or malfunctions with your hearing aids, don't suffer in silence. Your hearing health professional can ensure you get the most out of your investment. Not only can they make the majority of small, common fixes on the spot, but they can easily get in touch with the manufacturer if more extensive fixes or replacement parts are needed while providing a temporary replacement.