If you want to be able to communicate and connect to people around you, you need to have your hearing tested every now and again. Appointments with an audiologist are a must for your hearing health and your investment in hearing aids – should you need them – is going to be an investment in your own health. When you receive your new hearing aids, your audiologist is going to teach you how to look after them and keep them clean. However, there are some do's and don'ts that you need to consider so that you can get the most out of your hearing aids. They're there to provide you with the life-changing benefits that are ahead.

Do:

  • Open your hearing aid battery doors every night to extend its life
  • Wear the hearing aids every day – for at least 10-12 hours if you can
  • Always keep spare batteries with you; you never know when you'd need to change them
  • Use a soft cloth to clean out your hearing aid speakers and microphones and keep them freshened up.
  • If you have a rechargeable hearing aid, make sure that you charge it thoroughly before you use it.
  • Keep your hearing aids on a soft surface when you are cleaning them so that they don't knock against anything and get damaged
  • Make sure that you contact your audiologist with any concerns you have.
  • Replace your batteries weekly so that you can ensure that you don't run out when you're away from your spares.
  • Turn off your hearing aid when you're not using it and remove the battery from the compartment when it's switched off.
  • Keep your hearing aids in the same place; preferably in a case or box that is dry and out of the way of extreme temperatures.
  • Before you put your hearing aids in, give them a test. Test them out by putting them in and playing a tune to tell whether they're working okay.

Don't:

  • It's best to keep your hearing aids away from places that pets or children can get hold of them. Hearing aid batteries are not something you want either pet or child to swallow, and if this happens, you need to contact the doctor or the vet for help.
  • Where possible, don't wear your hearing aids in the shower or while swimming. You may forget on occasion, but it's going to damage them if you do!
  • When other people ask you to try your hearing aids on, say no. They're created especially for you, and they're not a costume piece or toy.
  • Take out your hearing aids when you apply hairspray or hair gel so that the hearing aids do not get clogged up.
  • Avoid storing your hearing aids in the bathroom if possible; it's humid in there, and the condensation can get into your hearing aids.
  • If your hearing aids break down, don't try and fix them yourself. Always call your audiologist and get them repaired by the professionals.

Your audiologist can provide you with more information on proper hearing aid care and maintenance if needed. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!