When someone first receives a pair of hearing aids, I know it can take them time to adjust to their new circumstances.

Not only do they suddenly have access to an array of sounds within their local environment, but also, a new form of technology that they need to manage.

Hearing aids are incredibly advanced these days. But like all electrical items, they need to be maintained to continue to work seamlessly and without issue.

These are my top tips for ensuring you keep your hearing aids in the best shape possible.

#1 – Watch out for water

Hearing aids have to work in damp, dark conditions. But like anything with a circuit board, you should only expose them to excess moisture if it’s strictly necessary.

Some are now entirely water-resistant. But it’s often not worth testing the limits of their capabilities, as fixing a water-clogged device could be inconvenient.

That’s why I recommend taking your hearing aids out when you shower or go swimming, and if they do get soaked, dry them off with a towel rapidly.

#2 – Be ready to change your batteries

Hearing aid batteries can last from between three days to two weeks, depending on how frequently you use your devices.

But the batteries themselves can actually damage your hearing aids if you leave them inside for too long, as they can trap moisture inside the casing.

That’s why I recommend that you take your batteries out if you’re not planning to use them for several days, and also, to gently wipe down the battery section of your hearing aid each time you replace them.

#3 – Stay aware of earwax

Often, a hearing aid’s performance declines due to one key issue: ear wax build-up. It’s easy to forget that this is such a big problem.

The best way to stop earwax damaging your device is to follow a regular cleaning protocol – using a cotton swab to remove any dirt that might have accumulated.

If you’re unsure about the best way to clean your devices, I’d be more than happy to run you through a detailed introduction to this process.

#4 – You need to change your wax filters!

In addition to a dedicated cleaning protocol, it’s also important to regularly change the wax filters on your hearing aids. This will stop your device’s critical components from becoming clogged-up!

The length of time you should wait between changes isn’t rigid. Instead, when you see any form of build-up on the filter, it’s a good idea to swap them out for new ones.

If you’d like to find out the best way to do this, I’d happily take you through the process.

#5 – Handle with care!

Though hearing aids are made to withstand years of use, they’re still very delicate pieces of technology, which can easily be damaged through drops and knocks.

So when you take them out for cleaning purposes, it’s a good idea to put a soft piece of material below them – like a towel. That way, if they fall out of your hands, they’ll be protected.

In addition, try to watch out for things like facemasks and hats, as these can pull devices off your ears without you realizing!

If you need any further assistance or have a hearing concern, my door is always open. So call me at (907) 522-4357, and we can find a great solution!

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Dr. Emily McMahan

Dr. Emily McMahan

Dr. McMahan attended the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. She furthered her professional education by obtaining her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in Philadelphia in 2013. She completed her residency in Anchorage and has been applying her expertise to her patients in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Whether you need hearing testing, hearing aids, or assistance with managing tinnitus in your daily lives, Dr. McMahan is qualified to assist you!