According to the Consumer reports Buying Guide (2021), Most hearing aids are subject to moisture and wax buildup that may clog the output of the hearing aid. In fact, wax, skin oil and debris may clog not only the output of the hearing aid but interfere with the microphone pick up and the important vents in the shell, earmold or tip. Your owner’s manual should have a general representation of where these important components are located in and on your device. Your hearing professional is an excellent resource to help you learn the steps to keep your devices in good working order.
- On a regular basis, the hearing aids should have a good visual inspection to check for any cracks or damage to the case, earmold or tip, or any connecting cables. Contact your hearing care provider if damage is noted.
- Wipe down the device with a tissue or soft cloth to remove surface oil and debris.
- Use a soft bristle brush to clear any build up around the microphone ports or the receiver output.
- Many hearing devices are equipped with snap in filters to protect the internal components from fouling. These should be replaced when a buildup of wax or soil is noted, or when the hearing aid is weak or not working.
- When applicable, hearing aids come with a small loop and brush tool to assist cleaning the small vent and sound path openings. If wax or other material is noted in the sound path, carefully curette the material away with the loop using care not to push the material further into the aid.
- Water or solvents should not be used to clean the hearing aid.
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One of the easiest ways to care for your hearing aids is to keep them away from moisture. This means removing before showering or swimming and storing them in a cool dry location.
Hearing aids that have a rechargeable power source should be put on the charger overnight to ensure a full charge for the following day. Battery life for disposable batteries varies with the device and should be replaced as necessary. For hearing aids using disposable batteries you should always keep a spare set of batteries with you especially while traveling.
By keeping these guidelines in mind, you’ll be able to best care for and prolong the life of your hearing aid. If you or a loved one has been living with hearing loss or are looking for a new hearing aid device, contact us today; we would be happy to assist you.
Consumer reports Buying guide (Updated March 10, 2021) https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide/index.htm