Thursday, 18th May 2017
Caring for your hearing aid is essential for enjoying flawless, long-term sound quality. Indeed, the function and longevity of your hearing aid can be compromised if regular maintenance isn’t carried out. You should also schedule annual visits to the clinic to have your hearing aid inspected, adjusted, and thoroughly cleaned.
Clean the tip
Cleaning the tip involves removing earwax and other debris by soaking it for several minutes in water and delicately scrubbing it with a special cleaner and a fine brush (sold by your hearing care professional). It should be noted that, even if regular maintenance is performed, your hearing care professional should still change the tip of your hearing aid regularly.
Dry and dust it
To remove the water and moisture in the tube from the tip and dry it, you can use a blower bulb inserted into the tube or a high-pressure spray that dries it instantly and removes all the remaining dust.
Use drying capsules
Thanks to the silica gel they contain, drying capsules have a high absorption capacity for moisture, which is the main cause of hearing aid failure. Using them to clean your hearing aid therefore lets you prevent the electronic components from oxidizing and fight infections caused by natural perspiration. It’s therefore possible to place your hearing aid in a box with a drying capsule each night.
Change the battery
Since the vast majority of hearing aids are battery-powered, which allows them to operate for between 6 days and 3 weeks, you should consider checking the expiration date of the batteries and change them at the right time. If you think you’ll forget the date to change the battery on your device, don’t hesitate to write down each change in a notebook that you’ll guard carefully. When changing the battery, you must first remove the dead battery and keep it away from the new one to avoid any confusion, then remove the protective sticker from the new battery at the last minute, and finally place it in the device. You should store the new battery packets in a dry place at a moderate temperature so they don’t oxidize before use. Please also keep the batteries out of reach of young children so they don’t put them in their mouths.
Put the hearing aid away
Whenever you aren’t using your hearing aid and it’s not being cleaned, it must always be placed in a box specially designed for it to protect it from any external aggression. Since it’s very fragile, it should be stored away from heat and sunlight and protected from falls and shocks, which could damage its shell and its electronic system.
Several parts of hearing aids must therefore be cleaned and maintained regularly for optimal quality and durability. Indeed, using hearing aids every day means that they come into contact with earwax and various bacteria, which can lead to small infections in the ears, irritate the inner walls of the ear canal, and cause pain in the ears if the hearing aids aren’t cleaned regularly with precision. In order to clean them – preferably every day – you must first outfit yourself with cleaning products specially designed for these very fragile devices. The parts of your hearing aid that can be cleaned are the tips, the receivers, and the domes.
* The hearing aids illustrated on this page may not fit your needs. An evaluation by an Audioprosthetist is required to determine the type of aid best suited for your type of hearing loss.