Hearing aids are designed to be effective, reliable, durable and easy to use. They are manufactured with tiny components and intricate circuitry. Special care is required to ensure optimal functioning and trouble-free service. Here you will find tips for preventing problems and getting the best from your hearing aids.
Moisture and dampness
Dampness and condensation can damage the circuitry in your hearing aids. Remove your hearing aids before swimming, showering or going out into heavy rain and don’t leave them in the bathroom. Dry any perspiration inside and around your ears regularly. Open the battery door fully to allow air to circulate whenever you are not using your hearing aids, especially at night or for longer periods of time, and consider using a special drying kit. Your hearing care professional can provide advice on the best drying kit for your hearing aids.
When handling your hearing aids, it is a good idea to keep them over a soft surface to avoid damage if you drop them. Keep your hearing aids in their presentation case or in a drying kit when you are not using them.
Protect your hearing aids from direct sunlight and do not leave them near heaters or in your car. Never put your hearing aids in the microwave or oven to dry them out.
Hairspray and makeup
Direct contact with chemicals in e.g. cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, aftershave lotion, suntan lotion and insect repellent can damage the hearing aid. Always remove the hearing aid before applying such products and allow time for the product to dry before refitting the hearing aid. If lotion is used, be sure to wipe hands dry before putting on the hearing aid.
Keep hearing aids out of reach of pets and children
Keep your hearing aids, their parts and batteries out of the reach of children and pets. Dogs can be irritated by the whistling sound from hearing aids and have been known to chew them. Hearing aid batteries can be dangerous if they are swallowed by children or pets. Contact your doctor or vet if a battery or hearing aid is accidentally swallowed.