Adjusting To Hearing
Tips to get used to your hearing aid – at home
Tips to get used to your hearing aid – out and about
Tips to get used to your hearing aid – on vacation
Tips to get used to your hearing aid – at work
Cleaning and Care
Now that you’re enjoying the benefits of better hearing, make sure you’re taking good care of your hearing aids so they continue to work their best.
- Keep your hearing aids away from heat. If you take your hearing aids off, store them in a cool, dry place. Avoid placing them in areas that are exposed to high heat including your car, near a heater or in direct sunlight. Also avoid using a hair drying while wearing your hearing aids.
- Handle your hearing aids gently. When handling your hearing aids, make sure you are gentle. When changing hearing aid batteries, hold them over a soft surface as a cushion if you drop them.
- Clean your hearing aids carefully. Keep your hearing aids dry and clean them using a soft cloth or tissue. Do not use cleaning solutions or alcohol to clean your hearing aids.
- Avoid using certain personal care items while wearing your hearing aids. Remove your hearing aids before using hair spray, spray perfume, shaving lotions, insect repellent or powders, as these items can damage or clog the tiny components in your hearing devices.
- Avoid immersing your hearing aids in water. Many hearing aids have water- and moisture repellent coating, but don’t wear them while bathing or swimming, and protect them from rain.
- Make sure you’re using your batteries properly. Different hearing aid styles use different battery sizes. Ask your hearing care professional about the correct size for your hearing aids. Batteries have a positive side and a negative side – make sure batteries are inserted correctly into your hearing aids. If you use zinc-air batteries, let them sit outside of your hearing aid for a full two minutes after you remove the battery tab, and before you insert them. This will ensure that the batteries charge fully and give you the longest possible battery life.
- Store your hearing aids in a safe place. Keep them in a small container so you don’t misplace them. Make sure they are out of reach of children and pets.