Cleaning Hearing Aids

cleaning hearing aid care and maintenance

Cleaning hearing aid and doing care and maintenance is very important. It’s because if they aren’t properly maintained, they can affect your hearing conditions. In order to make good use of this investment and give them a long lasting life, ensure that you’re using them correctly.

The hearing aid is an expensive device hence many people depend on their audiologist to clear it.  But, there are many ways to do cleaning at home. The reason behind this machine get dirty is they cover your ear canal. This is covered with earwax, moisture & earmold.

While ear wax is healthy for your ear, but it can create a number of problems for the hearing aid. Keeping it in good condition is important. Here you will get to learn some small things you can do on a daily basis to maintain and clean it.

Tips for cleaning hearing aid

There are various hearing aid cleaning tools, you can use them. You can find a tiny kit in the market that includes wax pick, wax removal brush, battery door opener, tube and vent pick and a battery replacement magnet. These tools are easy for cleaning and battery replacement. You can also bring these tools to your audiologist or hearing care expert.

Following are the best hearing aid cleaning tools you can use for you hearing machine:

1: NanoClean Hearing Aid Cleaners

2: 5-in-1 Hearing Aid Cleaner Kit

3: Wax pick and wire loop

4: Hearing Aid Cleaning Brushes

5: Audiowipes Disinfectant Towelettes

6: Hearing Aid Disinfecting Spray

7: Jodi-Vac Hearing Aid Vacuum Cleaner

daily hearing aid care tips

Follow these tips for proper care & maintenance

Clean your hearing aids on a daily basis: Prevent it by wax clogging. You should gently clean it with a soft, dry towel each day. Alcohol, cleaner liquid or cleaning products cause damage.

Use left and right mark: Putting hearing aid in the wrong ear can cause damages. If you are using the hearing machine in both ears then keep in mind that both are specifically customized for your ear with different specification. So do not swap it.

Protect from moisture or water: Remove it from your ear before taking a shower, bath or swimming. Due to high moisture levels, you should not leave it in the bathroom. Store it in their storage case and keep somewhere cool and dry place to avoid condensation, overheating and moisture.

Open battery door at night: Open your hearing aid battery door at night to allow air to flow through the device. So that all moisture get dry and also add the benefit of preserving battery life. Before opening the door of battery, follow all instructions of hearing device as some may require reactivation or replacement parts after a certain amount of usage.

Keep away from kids and pets: These machines are small in size and kids used to take everything in the mouth. Hence it better to keep it away from kids as well as pets.

How to clean Behind The Ear Hearing Aid (BTE)

❯ Cleaning the mould and tubing: Remove them in one piece, then clean in lukewarm, soapy water. Dry your hearing aid so there is no drop of water left in the tube, then reattach to your machine.

❯ Not allowing the tubing to become twisted

❯ Clean the main body of the hearing aid by wiping with a soft cloth

❯ Do not use solvents or cleaning fluids

❯ Store your hearing aid overnight in its dehumidifier.

How to clean  RIC/OTE hearing aid

❯ Removing wax or other debris regularly. The Hearing Aid Dispenser will show you the correct way to do this with the tools provided

❯ Locate the microphone and speaker ports of your hearing aids.

❯ Changing the wax filter (if fitted) if it becomes clogged, and the earbud if it becomes hard or damaged. Our Hearing Aid Dispenser will show you the correct way to do this

❯ Not allowing the tubing to become twisted

❯ Clean the main body of the hearing aid by wiping with a soft cloth

❯ Never immerse the hearing aid in water

How to clean CIC/ITC/ITE  hearing aid

❯ Removing wax or other debris regularly.

❯ Changing the wax filter if it becomes clogged. Our Hearing Aid Dispenser will show you the correct way to do this

❯ Cleaning the main body of your hearing aids with a soft cloth

❯ Do not use solvents, cleaning fluids, washing-up liquid or oil

❯ Never immerse your hearing aids in water

More things to consider for cleaning hearing aids

❯ Wipe your hearing machines with a soft cloth, tissue and customized wipes.

❯ Take care of microphone and the speaker port.

❯ Use a soft or specific brush to clean microphone or speaker to remove any wax or dirt.

❯ Next, use a wax pick or hook to clear anything out of the holes that didn’t come out with the brush.

❯ Open the battery door that allows air to go from one side of the hearing aid to the other. Use a vent cleaner to clear out the vent of the machine.

❯ Use a hearing aid vacuum cleaner to clean additional dirt.

❯ You can also use a spray to clean your hearing aid and earmold.

When you need to see your professionals

A little bit hearing aid care make your device durable & working for a long period of time. We suggest you to concern your audiologist for proper care and guidance if you are a beginner or unable to do it yourself. If you have read our whole article and find yourself comfortable to clean it yourself, it’s great. But at any stage, if you are feeling any sort of confusion and need advice do contact a hearing professional.

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