It is important to learn how to correctly clean and maintain your hearing aid so that your device remains effective and reliable for years to come. Hearing aids are a substantial investment in a person’s lifetime and therefore should be regularly inspected, cleaned and maintained to ensure they remain within top working condition.
Hearing aids, unlike most electronics, operate under far from ideal conditions: in the ear canals, where wax and moisture accumulate. With this in mind, Maintaining your hearing with regular cleanings combined with periodic maintenance from your hearing care professional is necessary if you wish to keep this equipment fully functioning.
In order to effectively clean and maintain behind-the-ear hearing aids, you should follow these straightforward steps.
Before using both the device and the earmolds, you should allow them to dry completely overnight without using alcohol or other chemicals.
It is important to note that different kinds of in-the-ear hearing aids require different cleaning approaches. Below is a quick and easy guide to cleaning ITE hearing aids:
Please note that before purchasing the tools listed below, you should ensure that it is right for your specific hearing aid. If you have questions or are unsure which is the best tool for you, please get in touch and a member of our team will do our best to assist you with your query.
Hearing aids can be maintained with the following tools:
Depending on an individual’s lifestyle and how well they maintain their hearing aids, the frequency at which their hearing aids need to be cleaned will vary. As a general rule of thumb, your hearing aids should be cleaned and checked every 4-6 months by an audiologist. Additionally, you should wipe off your hearing aids every night before putting them in their case.
It is possible for hearing aids to last between three and seven years from the time they are first worn, and for some people, even longer. Its lifespan is influenced by how well it is built, maintained, and how often it is worn in your ear.
You may have a buildup of wax on your microphone or earmold if the sound seems muffled or soft. The best thing you can do for your hearing aid is to thoroughly clean it. If your device remains muffled even after a thorough cleaning, please contact us so we can try and find a solution.
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