Properly Caring for Your New Hearing Aids

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Caring for hearing aids

Once you've had your hearing aids fitted, and received instruction on how to wear your aids, you're ready to begin using and maintaining them. These tips can help you clean, wear, and store your hearing aids properly.

Cleaning 
Start by spreading out a clean solid color cloth on your workspace. This will cushion the hearing aid if you happen to drop it, and help prevent damage. It will also make small parts easier to see. It's best to sit down at a table and pull your chair up close to minimize the risk of dropping your hearing aid or losing small parts.

Gather the items required to clean your hearing aid. Always use the tools and cleaning materials provided or recommended by your audiologist. Usually clean cotton cloths (very slightly damp, or dry) and soft bristle brushes are all that is required. Never use scissors, needles, toothpicks, alcohol or solvents to clean your hearing aids.

Wipe down all parts of your hearing aid gently with a clean cloth. Only use a dampened cloth in accordance with cleaning instructions. If you have an in-the-ear hearing aid, it may have a filter which should be changed regularly as it can become clogged with earwax. Your hearing aid consultant can help show you how to safely change this filter.

Wearing
Before inserting your hearing aids(s), make sure your ears are clean and dry. Apply any cosmetics, sunscreen, or hair product before inserting your hearing aid. If it is cold out, wearing a hat pulled down over your ears can help protect your hearing aid. Avoid wearing your aids while swimming or showering.

Storage
Your hearing aids may come in a small case, which can be used for storage. Don't carry your aids in the bottom of a purse or in a pocket, as they can easily become damaged.

Properly caring for your hearing aids can increase their lifetime of use, prevent inadvertent damage, and help ensure they perform at optimal levels.

Properly caring for your hearing aids can increase their lifetime of use, prevent inadvertent damage, and help ensure they perform at optimal levels.