If you’re reading this because you’ve made a hearing aid purchase, congratulations on making such a sound investment in your health! Now, there’s a few things you’ll need to do to make sure your hearing aids will go the distance, and that you’ll get the maximum lifespan out of them.
Generally, you can expect to get around three to five years from your hearing aids. This depends on how frequently they’re used, the climate and environment you live in, and how well they’re looked after. Hearing aids can certainly last longer than five years, but because research and technologies are continually moving forward, many wearers seek to upgrade to the latest model around the five-year mark. Newer devices to hit the market in future may have improved features and listening quality that you’ll want to take advantage of.
Cleaning your hearing aids is so important when it comes to prolonging their life, and making sure they’re working at their best. Just a few moments a day to keep them in good nick is all you need.
Because parts - or all - of your hearing aid sit within your ear canal, the instrument is prone to collecting earwax. Wax is a normal and healthy substance produced to help keep the ear clean. Don’t be alarmed if you see a bit of build-up on your device – it’s to be expected. What you don’t want is for that wax to clog up vital parts of the instrument and cause malfunctions. It just takes a gentle wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth or tissue. Just make sure you use a plain tissue, not the type with added eucalyptus or lotions. Be careful when wiping that you’re transferring the wax away from the microphones or receivers, as these are the most delicate parts. You can also use your cleaning tools, such as the small brushes and picks that came with the hearing aids, to help with the cleaning.
Despite what seems logical, the best time for cleaning your hearing aids is actually in the morning after you’ve had them out for the night. This is because the earwax has had a chance to solidify and will be easier to remove.
If you find you can’t remove all the wax yourself, your hearing specialist will be able to provide a professional clean.
Proper storage is also key to getting the maximum life and performance from your hearing aids. When you’re not wearing them, keep your hearing aids in a cool, dry place. Knocks and falls onto hard surfaces can do damage to the devices, so consider somewhere that is safe from the reach of children or pets!
It’s also a good idea to leave the battery door open at night times, so that the hearing aid has a chance to dry out while you’re sleeping. If you’re not going to be wearing the hearing aids for an extended period of time, you can also leave the battery door open, to preserve its life.
Next time you’re visiting your clinic, ask your hearing specialist about a dehumidifying box for optimum storage. These boxes can keep your hearing aids in tiptop shape by safely and effectively removing moisture that can corrode sensitive circuitry.
Just like a car benefits from regular servicing, your hearing aids will too. By keeping routine appointments with your hearing professional, you’ll prolong the life of your hearing aids, saving yourself money and keeping your hearing sharp.
Our Use & Care Page has even more tips to get the most out of your hearing aids, including detailed information for your particular device.
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