Living with Hearing Aids

Here are some practical tips for living with and taking care of your hearing aids:

  • Make a habit of cleaning your hearing aids each day.  Wipe them with a dry cloth, tissue, alcohol swab or wipe and gently use the cleaning tools provided to prevent wax build-up on the receiver.  Never use household cleaning fluids or oil.
  • Preserve battery life when you are not wearing your aids by opening the battery door to turn off the device.
  • Keep your hearing aids dry.  You may wish to store them in a drying kit/dehumidifier at night.  These are available from our clinic.
  • Make sure you always remove your hearing aids before showering, swimming or applying hairspray.  You may like to carry a small bag with you in case you need to remove them when you are out and about.

 

If your hearing aids do get wet:

  • 1. Open the battery door
  • 2. Use a hair dryer on cool setting to blow out any moisture
  • 3. Bring the aid into our clinic and we will use a special hearing aid vacuum on it
  • 4. Place the aid in a dehumidifier kid. These are available from our clinic.
  • 5. If the hearing aids have stopped working and the manufacturer cannot repair them, your insurance may cover the cost of replacement

 

  • To get maximum performance from your batteries we recommend waiting a minute or so after pulling the battery sticker before inserting the battery into the hearing aid.  You should also avoid touching the battery, so that oil from your fingers won't cause damage.  Small magnet tools are very useful for changing batteries and can be obtained from our clinic.
  • If you hear static or crackling sounds this may mean that your battery needs replacement.
  • If you wish to recycle your batteries you can do so at our clinic.
  • If you have an ear infection, you might find wearing your hearing aid uncomfortable. Take a rest from wearing it if you can.

We want you to get the most out of your hearing aids.  If you are having problems we are here to help you.  We will also follow-up on your progress periodically and make adjustments to your hearing aids as necessary.