Proper hearing aid care and maintenance is key to getting the most life out of your investment. Take the Miracle-Ear quiz and find out if your hearing aids are well taken care of.
1. Time to suds up: Do you remove your hearing aids before showering?
B) Sometimes (if I remember)
2. What’s your hearing aid routine before going to bed?
A) Nothing—I simply remove them
B) I wipe them down with a cloth
C) I remove the batteries and leave the battery door open -or- put them in a hearing aid dryer/dehumidifier
3. True or false? It’s OK to use alcohol wipes or chemical solutions to clean hearing aids.
4. True or false? All hearing aid styles follow the same cleaning schedule and routine.
5. True or false? You should never wear hearing aids during exercise.
6. How often do you visit your hearing care specialist?
B) Rarely—just for repairs and my yearly exam
C) Several times a year
7. Which of the following can affect hearing aid battery life?
A) Battery size and type
B) Hearing aid technology/features
C) Temperature, climate and altitude
D) All of the above
Care Aware Answers
While many hearing aids are designed to repel light moisture, excessive water and soap can damage the batteries and electrical components. If you do forget to remove them during your daily shower, don’t stress—here’s what to do:
Get more detailed information on how to care for your hearing aids when they get wet.
Also: Remember to remove your hearing aids during other hygiene habits, such as washing your face and applying hair sprays/gels.
B & C
A little pre-bedtime care routine can go a long way toward protecting your hearing aids. Here’s how to clean hearing aids before you hit the hay:
Never clean hearing aids with products containing alcohol or other chemical solutions—these can damage the plastic, silicone and other hearing aid parts. Use only sprays and wipes that have been specifically formulated for hearing aids.
While certain hearing aid care tips are universal, each style has its own unique cleaning needs:
Today’s hearing aids are designed to keep you doing the things you love—including breaking a sweat. Just watch for excessive moisture or perspiration, which can cause damage and invite bacteria growth.
Some tips to combat moisture:
Regular aftercare follow-up appointments can help prevent future issues and make sure you’re getting the best sound for your needs. Your hearing care specialist can test all hearing aid components, thoroughly clean each hearing aid, check for proper fit and adjust program settings.
How long do hearing aid batteries last? It depends. Many factors influence power consumption, which in turn affects the lifespan of the batteries.
Boost battery life with these tips:
Want even longer-lasting power? Ditch batteries altogether with fully rechargeable hearing aids.
Hats off to you! You prioritize—and know a lot about—proper hearing aid care. Your knowledge and habits regarding hearing aid care and maintenance will help you maximize the lifespan and performance of your hearing aids.
You’ve got some room for improvement, but it’s OK—we’re here to help. Check out the Miracle-Ear blog to ramp up your knowledge on all things hearing aid and hearing loss related.