Caring for a Hearing Aid
Caring for a Hearing Aid
The audiologist or hearing aid
specialist will show you how to use your aid correctly and how to care for it. This
take several visits during the trial period. Stay in touch with your audiologist or
aid specialist and discuss any problems. Ask your audiologist where you can buy a
tester, a drying container, and a forced air blower.
Follow the instructions for
regular cleaning provided by the hearing aid manufacturer.
Wipe the aid with a soft, dry
cloth or tissue.
Never put the hearing aid in
water or use any cleaning solvents.
You may remove earmolds from
the hearing aids and clean them with a mild soap solution. Use a forced air
blower, not a hair dryer, to dry them. Make sure they are completely dry before
you reattach them to the hearing aid.
Use a hearing aid drying
container to keep moisture out of hearing aids and lengthen their life.
Ask your audiologist where
you can buy a drying container and a forced air blower.
Earwax can plug your hearing
aid and interfere with sound transmission. Wax inside the aid can cause the
electronic parts to fail and may require expensive repair.
Your hearing aid specialist
will show you how to clean the wax out. He or she can suggest several types of wax
guards that prevent buildup.
If you have excessive wax
production, you may need to have your healthcare provider remove the wax from your
ear at least once a year.
Your audiologist or hearing
aid specialist will show you how to change the batteries correctly. Don’t force
the tiny batteries in.
Batteries last from 5 days to
a few weeks, depending on their size and use. Use a battery tester to make sure
your batteries are at full strength. Ask your audiologist where to buy a battery
Keep a small supply of fresh
batteries on hand. Some types of hearing-aid batteries fail suddenly. Others run
Learn how to get rid of used
batteries correctly. Keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Emergency: When a child or pet swallows a battery
If your child swallows a battery:
- Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline right away at
- Don't have your child throw up and don't wait for symptoms.
- Your child will likely need to go to the emergency room.
- Don't let your child eat or drink anything until an X-ray is
taken. An X-ray will often be needed right away to see if the battery has passed
through the food tube (esophagus) into the stomach. If batteries are stuck in the
esophagus, nose, or ear they must be removed right away to prevent lasting
- If possible, bring the battery
packaging with you. This will help healthcare providers figure out how much risk
your child faces.
If your pet swallows a battery:
- Take the animal to your veterinarian or emergency veterinary
hospital right away.
- Don't try to make your pet vomit.
- If possible, bring the battery packaging with you. This can
help the veterinarian figure out how much risk your pet faces.
Keep these emergency numbers posted:
When to call
if the battery gets stuck in the child's
throat and he or she has the following symptoms:
Unable to talk
Loss of consciousness
Drooling from the mouth or unable to swallow their
Skin color is blue, purple, or gray
Sudden, severe pain
Special safety steps
Your hearing aid is a delicate piece of equipment. Handle it with
Don't expose your hearing aid
to water while bathing or swimming. Don't expose it to extreme heat or cold.
Protect your hearing aid from
small children who may break or swallow it.
Don't leave your hearing aid
where it can be found by pets. Dogs find the high-pitched sound attractive and can
quickly destroy an aid. If swallowed, batteries can also be deadly for pets.
Ask your hearing aid
specialist about insurance to cover any damage or loss that occurs after the
Hearing aid batteries can cause devastating injuries if swallowed.
- Keep the batteries in a secure place that is out-of-reach to
- Don't change batteries in front of children.
- Don't store batteries near pills or in pill bottles. Don't
leave batteries on bedside tables. People have swallowed batteries by mistake
because they thought they were medicines. Look at every medicine before you take a
- Make sure all hearing aids for children have child-resistant
battery compartments. Be sure the lock is on when the child is wearing the
- Ask your hearing aid specialist about battery recycling
services in your area.
Online Medical Reviewer: Ashutosh Kacker MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Date Last Reviewed:
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