Today’s hearing aids are smaller, more effective, and have more functionality than ever before. And it's no wonder that users sometimes end up relying on them for almost all conditions and situations. However, since hearing aids house fragile electrical components, they can be easily compromised by moisture, soil, high temperatures, and chemicals.

However, you can make sure your hearing aid works correctly and continue to enjoy a rich listening experience with some routine maintenance.

Tips for keeping your hearing aid working

Keep an eye on your batteries

As with all electronic devices, all hearing aids require power. You can do many things to optimize your hearing aid battery.

  • The best tip might be to turn off your hearing aid before you sleep to conserve the battery's power. Corrosion may be caused by moisture and dirt, so ensure that your hands are washed and dried before battery replacement.
  • It is also a good idea to keep the battery compartment open overnight to evaporate any accumulated moisture.
  • If you hear distorted sounds or need to raise your hearing aid volume, you may need to change the battery. Hopefully, your unit is fitted with a low-battery LED light, which helps you know when the time is right for a replacement.
  • When you leave the house, don't forget to keep a spare battery with you, as some can die very quickly. Batteries typically last around two weeks.

Avoid moisture

Humidity can severely harm your hearing aids. Moisture enters the device and causes circuit condensation, causing damage to the sensitive components within.

  • We recommend that you remove your device before during showering, swimming, or walking in wet weather.
  • Hearing aids should not be kept in the bathroom since it is often the home's dampest room.
  • If you live in an incredibly humid environment, consider buying a particular dry-storage case to store your hearing aid at night. These systems actively extract all moisture from your aid while you're sleeping and will significantly help preserve peak efficiency.

Keep your hearing aids clean

  • Wash and dry your hands before handling the devices.
  • To remove dirt or wax deposits, you should clean the unit regularly. Never use domestic and alcohol cleaning agents as these can seriously harm your system. For general cleaning, it is easier to use a soft dry cloth.
  • Earmolds should be removed from the hearing aid, washed in a mild soap solution, and finally dried with a forced-air blower. Before reconnecting them to your hearing aid, ensure they are thoroughly dry.

Troubleshooting your hearing aid

If you have feedback, sound interruptions, or apparent signs of damage or failure, it's time to take a closer look.

Although you do not want to take your entire hearing aid apart, there are some things you can do at home if your hearing aids are not functioning correctly.

  • Check for anything blocking the microphone, speaker, and vent openings.
  • Search the battery compartment for corrosion.
  • Clean the shell regularly.
  • Use a hearing aid brush.
  • Change the wax filter.

If all else fails, contact us

Contact us if you can't repair the hearing aid system yourself. We have various tools and procedures to help you get the most out of your hearing aid again. And if we can't fix it, we'll send it to the manufacturer for more in-depth repairs.

If you have issues with your hearing aid, come and see us. Regardless of whether you bought the devices from us or not, we will do their best to get them working again for you. Contact us today!

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