Hands around a piggy bank protecting hearing aids.

What would you do if your hearing aids suddenly stopped working just when you needed them most?

Your hearing aids are an investment in your hearing, happiness and overall health. Keeping them in peak condition allows you get the most out of your hearing aids for long periods of time.

Here are 7 tips to help you properly care for your hearing aids and keep them in peak condition.

1. Please Read….

Your hearing aids came with a manual. It will describe how to maintain the hearing aids and get the best experience. Manuals often include a troubleshooting guide that will walk you through solving many challenges.

If something doesn’t seem to be working right, always try the manual first.

Don’t assume that your hearing specialist was able to explain everything during the short evaluation and fitting, and just because you had hearing aids before, doesn’t mean that this model works the same way.

A lot changes in hearing aid technology in just a few years.

2. Keep It Clean

Hearing aids can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

You always have harmless bacteria on your skin even if you’re a very sanitary person. But if you don’t wash your hands or properly clean the hearing aids, this bacteria can multiply in your ear and may lead to infections.

Infections can cause temporary, additional hearing problems. Sometimes they can even cause more permanent damage.

Bacteria like moist surfaces so wipe each hearing aid every day with a dry cloth. Never put it into water. Disinfect it regularly with a wipe that is alcohol-free.

Detach the mold from the electronic parts. Clean it thoroughly once a week. Replace when needed.

Don’t let a dirty hearing aid get in the way of your listening to your grandson in another state tell you about his super-hero themed birthday party.

Keep it clean.

3. Keep It Dry & Protected

Most hearing aids are not designed to get wet. Even humidity can damage them. After cleaning it, don’t just leave it on the nightstand where your fuzzy tabby cat was sleeping during the day with his dirty paws.

Hearing aids sitting out will collect dust that contains bacteria. Even if you don’t have pets, this is true.

Store it in a cool, dry place according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Remember to take it out before you bathe or shower even if you don’t plan to get your head wet. Moisture is still present in the air when you shower.

When it rains, carry an umbrella. Realize that your battery may go out faster because it has to use more energy in a moist environment. Carry a spare or your charger.

Heat can also damage hearing aids, so don’t expose them to heat like a blow dryer, sauna or standing too close to the furnace.

4. Don’t Drain the Battery

Don’t get caught at your nephew’s piano recital without a battery. When you take them off to go to sleep, turn them all the way off. If you plan on not wearing them for an extended time because of an ear infection or some other reason, always remove the battery.

You’ll get more life out of the battery this way, and you avoid the risk of battery acid damaging the hearing aid’s sensitive parts.

Always extend the life of your batteries with this tip. And carry a spare, just in case.

5. Have Your Ears Professionally Cleaned

Any time you’re inserting something into your ear, it will push a little earwax down into the canal. This can cause something like your granddaughter’s gentle voice to sound distorted. She’s not developing a raspy cough. It’s the earwax impacting what you hear. If your hearing experience doesn’t seem right, schedule an appointment to check for earwax buildup.

The removal procedure is simple with the right tools. But it should only be done by a trained professional.

6. Always Insert Over a Soft Surface

We don’t have to tell you that you’ve invested in some very advanced technology. Technology like this does cost some money.

Don’t risk dropping your hearing aids and breaking them. Don’t lose them in sink drain or toilet because you thought you had a good grip.

Always insert your aids over a soft surface like the bed, sofa or a towel folded over several times lying on the kitchen table.

7. Speak to Someone If You’re Not Getting the Best Experience

If you’re not getting the best experience with your hearing aids, don’t stop wearing them. There are solutions. Ask your hearing specialist to make adjustments.