Daily Care for the Hearing Aid
Your hearing aid will last longer and work better if you take care of it. Your audiologist can help you learn what you need to do.
Hearing aids need special care to work correctly. Your audiologist will show you how to check your aids and take care of them. Ask how you can get these tools:
- A listening tube
- A battery tester
- A forced air blower
- A drying container
More information on this topic can be found in our Audiology Information Series [PDF].
Do listening checks. Listen to your hearing aids every day. You can use a listening tube to make sure they sound clear. You want to make sure that there are no breaks in the sounds. You should listen for feedback, or a whistling sound, inside the aids.
Check the batteries. Batteries should last 1 to 2 weeks. Check the batteries using a battery tester. You will hear the best when the batteries are at full strength. Always keep spare batteries with you. Store them in a cool, dry place. Batteries are toxic, so handle them carefully. Be sure to get rid of them properly.
Clean your hearing aids often. Use a soft, dry cloth. Check for dirt and grime. Remove your earmolds from the hearing aids to clean them with mild soap. Dry them carefully using a forced air blower. Do not use a hair dryer! This is too strong and can damage the aids. Be sure they are dry, then put them back on your hearing aids.
Keep your hearing aids dry. Your aids will work best when they are dry. Use a drying container to keep moisture from building up inside the aids. Take the batteries out before putting your aids in the containers.
Avoid feedback. Feedback is the whistling sound that your hear from the hearing aid. It happens when sound comes out of the earmold and goes back into the microphone. You will not hear feedback if your hearing aid fits well. Reasons for feedback include small earmolds or earwax in your ear canal.
Talk to your audiologist about what to do when you start hearing feedback. Turning the volume down on the hearing aid will cut down on feedback. But, you will have trouble hearing other sounds.
See your audiologist. You should have your hearing checked on a regular basis. Your audiologist can check your hearing aid and fix any problems.
To find an audiologist near you, visit ProFind.