Hearing Aid Maintenance Guide

Proper care of your hearing aid is extremely important. If you are a new hearing aid user or even if you’ve had your hearing aids for a while check out this hearing aid maintenance guide with some helpful information on how to care for and maintain your hearing aids in top condition.

Hearing aids are electronic devices that are greatly beneficial to millions of people. Like any piece of technology, they can stop functioning at any time, and in order to avoid that, you need to learn how to maintain your hearing device and troubleshoot any issues as they arise.

Tips on maintaining your hearing aid device:

  • Always handle your hearing aid with care. Be gentle, and never force anything into place.
  • Perform listening checks to make sure everything sounds clear and not weak.
  • Make sure to keep spare batteries with you and change them often to avoid a sudden loss of power.
  • Switch off your hearing aid when you’re not using it. If you don’t use it for a long period of time, remove the battery.
  • When removed, store your hearing aid batteries in a cool, dry place.
  • Clean your hearing aid regularly with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Never insert tools into the sound outlet. Doing so could damage the receiver. If you can’t clean the hearing aid completely, ask your hearing care professional for help.
  • Remove earwax from your hearing aid to maintain proper functioning. A buildup of earwax can lead to temporary malfunction where you can’t hear properly, or permanent damage.
  • Minimize moisture in your hearing aids by using a hearing aid drying container. NOTE: Be sure to remove the batteries before placing the hearing aids in any dry storage containers.
  • Regularly change filters so that dirt and wax don’t build up.
  • Don’t wear your hearing aids when using a hair dryer, hair spray or other types of spray on your head or hair.

Troubleshooting Common Hearing Aid Problems

Below we address some common problems that arise and how to avoid or resolve them in order to keep your hearing aids in good condition.

Problem Possible Cause(s) Solution(s)
Hearing device appears “dead” The hearing aid battery may be depleted.
The receiver tube may be blocked.
The device may be damaged or defective.
Replace the battery.

Remove any blockage and clean the device.
Speak to your hearing professional.

No sound The hearing aid battery may be depleted.
Sound outlet may be clogged.
Microphone may be clogged.
Replace the battery.

Clean the sound outlet or replace the wax filter.
Clean the microphone opening.

Whistling or howling sound when inserted Earwax may have accumulated.
Device was not inserted properly.
Visit your doctor to have your ears checked.
Remove the device and reinsert it.
Distorted/unclear sound The hearing aid battery may be running low.
The hearing aid battery may be dirty or corroded.The device may be damaged or defective.
Replace the battery.

Using a dry cloth, clean the battery’s surface or replace the battery.
Speak to your hearing professional.

Device is not loud enough The receiver tube may be blocked.
Your hearing has changed.
Remove any blockage and clean the device.
Speak to your hearing professional.

Download & Print a FREE Hearing Aid Maintenance Checklist

Regular audiology visits are not only important for hearing testing, but they are also recommended in order to check the performance of your hearing aid device and to make any necessary adjustments. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced audiologists at a Hearing Solutions, Inc hearing center near you.

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