Daily Care & Troubleshooting
Daily Care & Troubleshooting Regular visits to your audiologist are important for hearing testing, both to check the performance of your hearing aids and to make necessary adjustments.
Tips for Hearing Aids
Hearing aids require special care to ensure that they work properly. Your audiologist will show you how to care for and check your hearing aids regularly. The following guide suggests ways to check your hearing aids for common problems associated with hearing aid use. If the hearing aid still does not work properly after checking possible causes and solutions for a specific problem, you should contact your audiologist, or drop the hearing aids off for repair.
Batteries should last about 1 or 2 weeks (depending on your size battery). Always keep spare batteries with you. Store them in a cool, dry place. Discard batteries one at a time. Batteries are toxic, so handle them carefully and dispose of them properly. If you have rechargeable batteries, place the hearing aids in the charger nightly.
Clean Hearing Aids Regularly with a Soft, Dry Cloth
Check for dirt and grime around the user controls, microphones, and battery compartment. Check the receiver, dome or earmold, and wax guard regularly. Never use water or other liquids to clean the hearing aids.
Minimize Moisture in the Hearing Aids
This is important for them to work properly. A hearing aid drying container will help keep moisture from building up inside the hearing aids and will lengthen their life. Be sure to take the batteries out of the hearing aids before placing them in the storage containers.
Feedback is the whistling sound that can sometimes be heard from hearing aids. It occurs when amplified sound comes out of the ear canal and re-enters the microphone. You should not be hearing feedback if the hearing aid is securely seated in your ear. Hearing feedback may suggest that the earmold or dome is too small and needs to be replaced or that there is too much earwax in the ear canal. Turning down the volume of the hearing aid will cut down on the feedback but may also