Hearing aids require daily care and cleaning, and doing so keeps them in good working order. However, even with the best of care, hearing aids won’t last forever. After several years of daily use, your hearing aids may be worn out. But before looking at replacements, these tips for repairing hearing aids at home may extend their life.

Quick fixes

When hearing aids seem less efficient, go dead, or create intermittent sound, ear wax build-up and debris may be the cause. These simple steps may alleviate the problem:

  • Replace the battery

Hearing aid batteries may last three to ten days. If the battery was weak to start, it may not last that long. New batteries may fix the problem.

  • Make sure the battery is not in backwards

It’s easy to incorrectly fit the battery into the hearing aid. Double-check to make sure it is inserted properly.

  • Open and close the battery compartment and check the contacts for corrosion

Sometimes just opening and closing the battery compartment can fix a problem. After years of wear, battery contacts can become corroded. Clean them with a cotton swab, or see your audiologist for assistance.

  • Clean the hearing aids with the brush and tools supplied

Ear wax may clog the microphone inlet or the sound tip. A good brushing along with clearing debris with the cleaning pin may help.

  • Clean/replace the wax filter

If your model has a wax filter that you can clean at home, do so. Some models require professional removal.

  • Check volume control levels

Volume controls may get bumped or can become corroded or stuck due to debris. Check the levels to make sure they’re correct. If you are experiencing static or intermittent sounds, brush around the volume controls first, then turn rotate them a couple dozen times to work out any debris.

  • Remove and re-insert your hearing aids

When hearing aids are not situated properly it can cause whistling, squealing, or no sound at all.

Preventative measures

Daily cleaning and inspection may prevent hearing aid problems. These recommendations help:

  • Keep your ears clean

Some people produce more ear wax than others. Keeping your ears clean helps prevent waxy build-up in your hearing aids.

  • Keep your hearing aids dry

Moisture is the number one cause of hearing aid problems. Do not get your hearing aids wet and insert them after using hair spray or aerosol deodorant.

After you remove your hearing aids at night, leave the battery compartment open. This allows any interior moisture to evaporate and it turns off the batteries.

Taking just a few minutes a day to clean your hearing aids can extend their lifespan and keep them trouble-free. If you see signs of damage or your hearing aids are more than three or four years old, it may be time to consider new units. Otherwise, it’s worth the effort to try repairing hearing aids at home whenever small issues arise.