How should you take care of a hearing aid?

Every day a hearing aid is exposed to debris like dust, ear wax (cerumen), humidity and perspiration.  Like any electronic device, hearing aids should be kept clean, dry and protected from extreme temperatures, bumps and falls.  In order to preserve the life of the hearing aid, they should be cleaned every day. 

  • Do Not Drop hearing aids.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.  Never leave a hearing aid in a car or near a stove or radiator.
  • Keep hearing aids Dry.
    • If an aid accidentally gets wet, take the battery out and dry the aid with a paper towel or tissue as quickly as possible.  Wipe the aid off with a little rubbing alcohol on a tissue. 
    • Never leave a hearing aid in a hot place to dry, because that can harm the aid.
  • Keep them Clean.
    • Avoid dust, dirt, & grease.
    • Avoid sprays (deodorant, air freshener, pesticide, fertilizer, hairspray, cologne).
    • Avoid cerumen (ear wax).
  • Avoid electric shock & interference from strong electrical fields.  This includes static electricity.
    • If a hearing aid experiences electrical shock it may stop working.  If that happens, move away from the electrical field, and open and close your battery door to restart the aid.  This should bring the sound back to normal.
    • If you experience any long term problems with an aid after an electrical shock, make an appointment to see your audiologist.
    • Using fabric softener will reduce the chance of static electricity shocking the hearing aid.
  • Keep batteries and hearing aids away from unsupervised children or animals.