Everything you need to know about looking after your hearing aid

Hearing aids are miraculous devices that help those with hearing loss conquer life with more confidence. As such, it's important that you take good care of this delicate piece of technology in order to get the best out of it and prolong its life.

Caring for it doesn't have to take too much time out of your daily routine – just see for yourself.

Cleaning your hearing aid 

Keep hearing aids free of dirt and debris to ensure they function properly. Use cotton buds to clean your hearing aid in the morning.

It's important to stay on top of cleaning your hearing aid to prevent debris build-up. Ear wax and dust can clog the tiny sound outlets or get into the battery casing. While this can quickly become unhygienic, a more serious problem is that earwax can actually cause hearing aids to malfunction. 

To clean the excess dirt or wax, remove the ear mould and take out the battery/case so you can get into all the nooks and crannies. Use a soft, dry cloth to brush away surface dirt. You can either use a cotton swab or a small brush to get dirt out of the hard-to-reach areas. Never use water to clean your hearing aid.

Additionally, your ear mould will also need to be washed regularly as this is where dirt builds up quickly. Always wash it separately from the hearing aid, using warm water and light soap. Ensure it's completely dry before putting back on. 

Avoiding water 

Keep your hearing aids as dry as possible at all times.Don't jump into the bath just yet – did you remove your hearing aids?

There are some models that are water resistant, but few hearing aids are waterproof and that means you need to keep them as dry as possible. Even if you're not washing your hair in the shower or bath, it's important to remove your hearing aids before getting in. And, if your bathroom isn't well ventilated, it might be a safe idea leave them in the bedroom. 

While it might be easy to remember to take your hearing aids off before jumping in the pool for a swim, it's less obvious that you need to protect them when partaking in other physical activities. Exposure to excess moisture can be bad for the wiring inside your device.

Exposure to an excess of moisture can be bad for the wiring inside your device.

If you're going to be getting particularly sweaty, ensure you use a hat or sweatband to keep as much moisture off your hearing aid as possible. Once you're done, you may wish to remove the device, turn it off completely and pat it dry. 

Finally, ensure you always have rain gear with you in case the weather starts acting up. Getting caught in a surprise rain storm could soak more than just your clothes!

To learn more about how you can best care for your hearing aids, contact the team at Western Hearing Services on 1800 940 981 or click here to book a hearing assessment at no cost*.