Your hearing aid is an investment in your quality of life and plays an important role in helping you do all the things you love to do like chatting with friends and family, having fun on outings, or just being able to hear properly when you need to.
Hearing aids can be expensive little devices with amazing technology, so it pays to know how to clean and care for yours so they give you many years of trouble-free service.
Different types of hearing loss require different types of hearing aids, so with that in mind, here are some tips to help you keep your particular hearing aid in good condition.
No matter what type of hearing aid you have, it can become dirty from wax, oil and dust, and it’s important to have the right tools to properly clean it.
The first thing you’ll need is clean hands and a soft, dry cloth. When you receive your new hearing aid, it should come with a tool kit that includes a soft brush and wax picks or loops for removing ear wax.
Wipe your hearing aid with a soft cloth to remove oil and dust whenever you take it out or put in back in, and store them in a cool, dry place. Ensure you keep your hearing aid dry and avoid dropping it.
Here at Health and Hearing, we use and recommend hearing aids from Starkey and Resound because of their technology and suitability for a wide range of people. With either brand, you should clean the oil and dust off daily with a soft cloth or brush and use the proper tools to clean off any ear wax.
Never use water, alcohol swabs or cleaning solvents when cleaning hearing aids as they can be damaged easily.
A monthly or regular clean of the receiver tube and receiver dome with a damp cloth will keep it in good order. If there’s a wax filter, check it and replace as necessary. Check the condition of your microphones and give them a good clean.
Your Hearing Aid Maintenance Checklist
Your hearing aids are delicate and require careful handling to protect them from damage. Here are some maintenance tips to help you keep your hearing aids working as they should:
- Always work over a soft surface in case you accidentally drop your hearing aid
- Don’t wear your hearing aids in the shower, while swimming or in saunas or heavy rain
- Never leave them near heat or in sunlight such as in the car or near a window
- Remove your hearing aids when applying cosmetics and toiletries as the oil and grease can damage and clog them
- Always consult a professional for advice about cleaning hearing aids
Find the Right Hearing Aid for You
At Health and Hearing, we offer a range of hearing aids to help you improve your hearing and get back to enjoying your life. We can provide expert advice on cleaning hearing aids to protect your investment so you get the most from it.