Hearing Aid Maintenance

Caring for your hearing aids

Proper care leads to longer lasting and better working hearing aids. Below you will find simple steps for caring for your hearing aids and changing your batteries. If you need additional help with either of these, please give us a call at 877-846-7074.

Caring for longer lasting hearing aids

How are new hearing aids like a new car? Getting 100,000 miles or more out of a car requires regular maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations and engine tune-ups. Likewise, if you want years of listening enjoyment, you need to practice good hearing aid hygiene.

Just as cars need to weather the elements, hearing aids and their advanced electronics must withstand exposure to earwax, moisture, dust, temperature fluctuations and repeated handling.

Maximize the life of your hearing aids in 8 steps

  1. Clean the instruments on a daily basis, using a soft cloth, tissue or special hearing aid brush. Follow the instructions provided by your hearing healthcare professional for your type of hearing aid.

  2. Dehumidify the aids overnight by placing them in a dryer jar or electronic dehumidifier.

  3. Remove earwax with a wax loop, pick or brush, as instructed by your provider. Periodically change the wax filter or wax guard, if applicable.

  4. Open the battery door when not in use, and remove the batteries at night.

  5. Replace earmolds when worn out (applies to behind-the-ear or receiver-in-canal aids).

  6. Protect the aids from the elements, including precipitation and extreme heat or cold.

  7. Take the hearing aids out of your ears while showering, washing your face, shaving or using hair care products.

  8. Handle the aids with care — avoid dropping, and keep them out of the reach of children or pets.

In the video below, Amplifon Hearing Health Care audiologist, Carrie Meyer, Au.D., shows you how to properly care for your hearing aids.

Changing your hearing aid batteries

Not sure how to change the batteries in your hearing aid or just need a refresher? Follow these steps to switch out your batteries.

Changing batteries, step by step

  1. Obtain the correct battery type for your hearing aid model (size 10, 13, 312 or 675).
  2. When it’s time for a change (but not before!), remove the sticky tab on the new battery.
  3. Wait a minute or two before inserting the new battery — this gives it time to absorb oxygen and activate.
  4. Locate and open the battery door; there’s usually a notch to press or lever to pull.
  5. After removing the old battery, insert the new battery, making sure the flat (“+”) side is facing up. If you’ve inserted it incorrectly, the battery door will not close easily (or at all).
  6. Close the battery door completely.
  7. Properly dispose of the old batteries; many places, such as electronics retailers, pharmacies or your hearing healthcare provider, will recycle spent batteries.

Battery tips

  1. Buy an extra pack or two of batteries, and keep one with you, so you don't have to worry about running out.
  2. Place a towel on the surface where you’re changing the battery; this helps prevent dropped batteries from bouncing to the floor.
  3. To ensure longer battery life, open the battery door when your hearing aids aren’t in use, and store them in a dry place at room temperature.

In the video below, Amplifon Hearing Health Care audiologist, Carrie Meyer, Au.D., shows you how to change your hearing aid batteries.

Man ordering batteries

Order hearing aid batteries from home

Need more batteries? You can order batteries from the comfort of your home through Amplifon and we'll ship them directly to you. And, if you purchased your hearing aids from Amplifon, you're eligible for 2 years of free batteries*! Order now online or by calling 877-203-0683.

* Maximum of 80 cells per device per year, approximately $150 value.

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