Living With a Hearing Aid

Keeping your hearing aids in tip-top shape

Hearing aids are one of the best investments you can make to improve your quality of life. As you may have already experienced, they don’t just allow you to hear better; they let you fully participate in life. Take good care of your hearing aids, and they’ll take good care of you for years.

Your hearing aids are designed to withstand the wear and tear of daily use through all seasons and activities. They’re not delicate devices, and there’s no need to worry excessively about damaging them.

That being said, there are a few things that you can do to take good care of them and ensure they stay in good working order for a long time.


The best way to ensure you don’t lose or accidentally knock your hearing aids on the floor is to simply keep them in the charger or their case when you’re not wearing them. Some hearing aid users leave them in pockets or bags, which can make them hard to locate again, or they can fall out when you grab something else out of the bag or pocket. Plus, if you have rechargeable hearing aids, keeping them in the charger ensures your hearing aids are always powered up and ready to go!


Moisture build-up inside hearing aids is one of the most common reasons that they stop functioning properly. We tend to perspire while exercising, or in warm weather, which can lead to condensation building up inside your hearing aids. If you feel a little sweaty from time to time, we recommend you check for moisture inside the battery drawer and dry it out if necessary. You can use a hearing aid dryer (also called a dry box) for this purpose.

If you have rechargeable hearing aids, we recommend using a traditional Dri-Aid system or PerfectDry Lux® dehumidifier system.


Whether you’re using moisturizer or applying sunscreen, don’t forget to take a little extra care with your hearing aids. Avoid handling your devices with any type of lotion on your hands and remove them before applying lotion, sunscreen or any type of body or face cream.


Hearing aids are built to withstand all daily situations in which you may find yourself – including getting caught in the rain or working up a sweat at the gym. If you find moisture has built up inside your hearing aids, we recommend you take the battery out and leave the battery drawer open overnight to ventilate them, or use a hearing aid dryer. Another DIY tip is to place the hearing aids in a bowl of uncooked rice, which will help pull out the moisture.


Don’t forget to take out your hearing aids before hopping in the shower! And, when you put on makeup or hairspray, we recommend that you remove your hearing aids beforehand. This is simply to prevent the chemicals in cosmetic products from coming into close contact with the hearing aids and damaging them.


We promise, your hearing aids are built to be your steady companion for years to come. Check out this video for evidence of how we test and treat your hearing aids before they reach you:

 

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