Hearing Aid Maintenance Guide

When you own hearing aids, it is important to properly care for them with regular, routine maintenance. While you will likely need to change them out periodically over the years. However, good care and maintenance are the keys to keeping your hearing aids in top condition and extending their working life.


Proper care of your hearing aids will not only make it more comfortable to wear and keep it functioning properly, but it will last longer as well.

Dos and don’ts of hearing aid care

Start with the basics and establish and follow a daily maintenance routine to keep them working properly. Keep in mind that some actions should not be taken with hearing aids, specifically ones that can potentially damage them.

The hearing aid experts at Audiology Clinic suggest the following do’s & don’t’s:


  • Always remove your hearing aids before going for a swim or hopping in the shower (unless you have waterproof hearing aids).
  • At the end of the day, wipe your devices with a tissue or cloth.
  • Check the hearing aid for wax everyday and regularly use the cleaning tools provided to give them a good clean out.
  • Change the filters occasionally so they don’t build up with dirt.
  • Avoid excessive heat and moisture.
  • Change the tubing when needed or ask your hearing care professional to do this for you.
  • When changing the battery, wash and dry your hands and give the battery door a brush to avoid any dust build up.
  • Store your hearing aids in a safe place that is not only dry, but also cool.
  • Check your batteries and change them well before they go “dead” (if they are not rechargeable).
  • Turn off your hearing aids when you aren’t using them. You may want to remove the batteries and clean their contact points occasionally to make sure everything connects properly.
  • If your hearing aids are rechargeable, remember to place them in the recharging unit each night to maintain optimal performance.
  • Talk to a hearing care professional about having the earwax buildup cleaned out of your ear. This will help improve your hearing by removing wax that can block the canal. Do not attempt to do this yourself, as it could result in further damage to your ears.


  • Leave them in the bathroom when you are showering as the humidity is damaging to the hearing aid.
  • Use your hearing aid with a hair dryer, hair spray or any other type of spray.
  • Use any tools on your hearing aids as this may result in serious or permanent malfunctions to the receivers. And it may revoke your warranty.
  • Ignore your hearing aids. If you can’t clean your hearing aids or your hearing aids aren’t working properly, always contact a hearing aid provider for advice and repairs.

Troubleshooting Common Hearing Aid Problems

Below you can troubleshoot some of the common hearing aid problems that may arise:


Problem Possible Cause(s) Solution(s)
Hearing device appears “dead” The battery may be depleted.

The receiver tube may be blocked.

The device may be damaged or defective.

Replace the battery.

Remove any blockage and clean the device.

Speak to your hearing professional.

No sound The battery may be depleted.

Sound outlet may be clogged.

Microphone may be clogged.

Replace the battery.

Clean the sound outlet or replace the wax filter.

Clean the microphone opening.

Whistling or howling sound when inserted Ear wax may have accumulated.

Device was not inserted properly.

Visit your doctor to have your ears checked.

Remove the device and reinsert it.

Distorted/unclear sound The battery may be running low.

The battery may be dirty or corroded.

The device may be damaged or defective.

Replace the battery.

Using a dry cloth, clean the battery’s surface. If the battery is corroded, replace it.

Speak to your hearing professional.

Device is not loud enough The receiver tube may be blocked.

Your hearing has changed.

Remove any blockage and clean the device.

Speak to your hearing professional.


Talk to a hearing care professional today

Follow-up visits and maintaining your hearing aids as recommended will help maximize the benefits you receive from them, extend their lifespan, and allow you to enjoy the best possible hearing for years to come. If you still have questions or concerns about your hearing aid, contact us to schedule an appointment with a certified hearing care professional at Audiology Clinic.