At your hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist will show you how to use and care for your hearing aids properly. Be sure to ask questions if you need more information. Our audiologists are always happy to help you learn more about your hearing aids and help you get the most benefit out of them.

It is important to treat your hearing aids with care. Your hearing aids require routine maintenance. Hearing aids may be sturdy, but they cannot withstand improper use. The cleaner and dryer you keep your hearing aids, the longer they will last.

Here are some general care tips to follow:

  1. Remove your hearing aids before bathing or swimming. You should not leave your hearing aids in the bathroom or other humid environments. Do not immerse your hearing aid in water. Moisture and condensation may damage your hearing aids. If moisture is a problem with your hearing aids, use a special drying kit, which are available for purchase from your audiologist.
  2. Clean your hearing aids on a regular basis with a soft, dry cloth. Never use alcohol, solvents or cleaning agents. Special care products for your hearing aid are available from your audiologist.
  3. Remove your hearing aids before using body care products. The fine particles of hairspray or powder make-up may clog the microphone input and volume control switch or program button.
  4. Store your hearing aids out of the reach of children and pets.

Ear wax can plug your hearing aid and interfere with the sound transmission. Ear wax that gets into the electronic components can cause the hearing aid to malfunction and need repair, in office and manufacturer repairs. Your audiologist will show you how to clean ear wax from your hearing aids and will have suggestions to prevent continued build-up. If you have excessive ear wax production, contact us to schedule an appointment for routine ear wax removal.

Routine Checks Include a Thorough Cleaning of Your Hearing AidsSome minor hearing aid repairs can be done in the office setting in a short period of time; others will need to be sent to the manufacturer for repair. Your audiologist will determine what kind of a repair is necessary if your hearing aid is not working properly.

We recommend that you schedule a routine hearing aid check every 6 months, which will include a thorough cleaning of your hearing aids. Our patients often tell us their hearing aids sound clearer after having them cleaned in office.