Why do I need to maintain my Hearing Aid?
HD91In addition to being a potentially expensive investment, every hearing aid is a delicate piece of equipment that needs to be properly maintained in order to perform to its best capacity and deliver the results that the wearer expects. After the purchase and initial adjustment from your audiologist, it is your responsibility to provide protection and care for the hearing aid and all its parts. You need to make sure that the device is functioning correctly, clean it regularly, replace components if needed, use the appropriate type of batteries and avoid exposing it to excessive heat and moisture. To guarantee that your hearing aid will serve you in the best possible way for many years, it is good to equip yourself with some basic hearing aid accessories. That way, you can build your own maintenance kit and be prepared for daily care and emergencies.
Quick Hearing Aid Maintenance Checklist
- Have you cleaned your hearing aid recently?
- Do you have spare replacement parts to hand, e.g. wax filters?
- Are the batteries fresh?
- Are you storing it in a safe place when it's not in use?
Cleaning your Hearing Aidcleaning and hygiene products available to choose from to keep your hearing aid free from debris, dust, earwax and moisture. Essentials include cleaning wipes to gently remove dirt, antibacterial cleaning pens for delicate parts, flexible cleaning wires for removing debris from thin tubes and hearing aid brushes. In addition, you should consider an air puffer and dehumidifier to take away or absorb any moisture accumulated during the day or a certain activity as it may be detrimental to your device’s electronics. You can get all of these together in a Hearing Aid Cleaning Kit.
What spare parts should you have?domes or tubing you need. There are different kits available, with the same or a variety of components for the different hearing aid models. You should also replace your Wax Guards/Filters regularly. They can clog up and affect the quality of sound you receive in your ear faster than you think.
How do you know if the Batteries are fresh?Rayovac Battery Caddy that can store up to 6 batteries or Rayovac Battery Tester with an LCD display showing the remaining power in the batteries and having space for two spare ones.
What is a safe way to Store a Hearing Aid
If your hearing aid has been damaged then it might be repairable. Our page on hearing aid repairs explains how we can help repair your hearing aid (including our 12-month warranty).
We also have useful posts on our blog which may interest you:
- Hearing Aid Cleaning
- Which Hearing Aid Batteries are Best?
- 5 Reasons to use a Storage Case for your Hearing Aid
About Hearing DirectWe are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, and information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
Author: Stuart Canterbury
Stuart joined the hearing aid industry just at the start of the digital revolution in the mid 1990s. He was part of a team that transformed one of the minor manufacturers in to a major player in both production and retail of high technology hearing aids. This journey included working on public / private programmes to accelerate the uptake of high technology hearing aids across a wide distribution. This passion for improving the value and access to good quality hearing lead to the foundation of HearingDirect. After almost a decade and hundreds of thousands of customers we are starting to establish online sales as a practical, cost-effective channel to provide great hearing to all those who need help.