You must maintain your hearing aid. There are two reasons, in particular, why it is important: First, to retain the optimum hearing conditions and, second, to ensure high hygiene standards. Proper daily cleaning and regular service will increase the life of the hearing aid and ensure that it performs satisfactorily.
Below is a list of some of the things you can do:
- Handle your hearing aid with care.
- Change the batteries often so that they do not suddenly run out of power.
- Switch off your hearing aid when not in use. If you do not use it for a long period of time, you should remove the battery.
- The battery contacts should be cleaned regularly. Use a cotton swab but be careful not to bend the contacts. Dirty battery contacts can cause the hearing aid to not function properly.
- Remove earwax from your hearing aid. Earwax can cause temporary malfunction or even a complete breakdown. The wax also easily collects dirt.
- Clean your hearing aid with the small brush or the soft cloth that came with it. Do not insert tools into the sound outlet. This could damage the receiver. If you cannot clean the hearing aid completely, it is best to contact your hearing health care professional.
- Change the filters often so that they do not collect wax or dirt.
- Do not wear your hearing aid in the shower, when swimming, or when using a hair dryer, hair spray, or other types of spray.
- Contact your doctor regularly to have your ear canals cleaned. Accumulated earwax may prevent sounds from travelling from the hearing aid into the middle ear. Do not try to remove the earwax from the ear yourself. You could damage your ear.