How To Extend The Life Of A Hearing Aid

Hearing aids are life-changing devices that help those suffering from hearing impairment immensely. Follow these top tips on how you can extend the life of your hearing aids.

How Can I Extend The Life Of My Hearing Aids?

In general, hearing aids are not cheap with some models costing thousands of pounds depending on their customisation, features, and brand. Not only do they provide a better quality of life, but they also allow for independence and social activities that can otherwise be very difficult without external assistance. That is why it is important to take good care of your hearing aids and protect them from harm in order to allow them to remain in top condition as long as possible. Regardless of the type of hearing aid and its price, proper maintenance is necessary to ensure it will function well for many years.

Top Tips To Extend Hearing Aid Life

There are a few basic steps every wearer should follow in order to preserve their hearing device and avoid compromising the quality of its service.

1. Use Fresh Batteries

Hearing aid batteries are an essential part of any hearing aid. You need to provide fresh batteries when the current ones are depleted and ensure that they are placed correctly in the compartment so they make the right contact. When inserting them, you should do so with clean hands and check regularly for any indication of erosion or dirt and remove it accordingly or consult with a specialist if you suspect more serious damage.

2. Cleaning

One of the most important tasks you should do is clean the hearing aid on a regular basis. Blocked tubing, debris on the microphone or dirt in the battery compartment can leave lasting damage on the performance of the hearing aid. There are various hearing aid cleaning and hygiene accessories available such as soft wipes, air puffers, cleaning pens, cleaning wires, brushes, etc. Depending on the type of hearing aid, there are different options and even complete hearing aid cleaning kits to ease the process.

3. Avoid Moisture

Moisture is detrimental to the hearing aid and its parts. While soaking the hearing aid may not make it completely unusable, it is highly recommended that you avoid wearing the hearing aid in environments that can make it wet such as when showering, swimming, working out or when it is raining. If it does become accidentally wet, you should immediately dry it with a soft tissue, take the batteries out, and open the compartment door. At night, you can also use special dehumidifiers to absorb all the accumulated moisture during the day. Browse hearing aid dry boxes and dehumidifiers here.

4. Avoid Hair Products

When applying hair sprays, lotions, sun creams, perfumes, powders, etc, it is best to first remove the hearing aid and after the procedure to put it on again. These products may damage and clog the delicate parts of the device, or even lessen the sensitivity of the microphone.

5. Store Them Safely

Be sure to keep your hearing aids away from children, as some parts can be broken, lost or swallowed as well as away from pets that can chew on them. It is good to store them in a protective case when you do not use them and to avoid exposing them to heat or extreme cold. Browse hearing aid storage boxes here.

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Author: Gary Hill

Gary Hill

Gary comes from 16 years’ experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.