The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are a blessing for those who struggle with deafness. Whether you're new to wearing yours or you're something of a veteran, it sometimes helps to know more about how to treat your hearing devices.

Do Switch Them Off

Whether your head is about to hit the pillow or you're taking them out to dive into a pool, you need to switch your hearing devices off. Doing so means you have to replace your batteries less often. In addition to saving you money, this is a great way to wear hearing aids and be kind to the environment.

Don't Neglect the Wax

Wax can affect how well your hearing devices transmit sound. When it builds up in your ears, they may not work as effectively. Try to avoid using cotton buds in your ear canal and visit a professional if wax build-up is an issue. If you see wax on the devices, gently use a cotton bud to clear it away.

Do Store Them Correctly

Your hearing aids come with a storage case, so make the most of it. Such cases are designed to keep them away from dirt, debris and condensation. Use it even if you're only taking your aids out briefly, and never store them in direct sunlight. With correct storage, you can make sure your devices go the extra mile.

Don't Avoid Wearing Them

While this may seem obvious, you may feel tempted to treat hearing devices in the same way you treat reading glasses. However, your ears are constantly receiving sounds, even when you're not around a lot of other people. Try wearing them for most of the day. If you do experience issues, contact an audiologist so they can get to the root of the problem.

Do Watch Out for Grooming Products

There's nothing wrong with being proud of your hair, but your hearing devices may not appreciate hairspray as much as you do. Products such as hair spray can form sticky films that prevent your devices from transmitting sounds correctly. As such, when you're using styling products, make sure you take your aids out before using them.

Don't Share Your Hearing Aids

Sharing is a kind gesture, but it can do more harm than good when it comes to hearing devices. Your ears aren't as sanitary as you may think. Additionally, the next user's unique ear shape could affect delicate devices, leaving you unable to use them.