Hearing aids are complex pieces of technology that require regular cleanings and maintenance checkups in order to sustain optimal performance. Scheduling annual maintenance is important if you want to retain the value and extend the lifespan of your hearing aids.
While all types of hearing aids should be checked regularly, behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids require a little more care and attention due to the use of tubing that relays sound from the hearing aid to the ear canal. The ear mold tubing and ear hooks are the attachment points for the tubing, and all components require periodic replacement. Replacing the tubing in a BTE hearing aid will provide more flexibility, comfort and a better fitting ear mold.
Regardless of your hearing aid design or type, routine upkeep of the individual components is the simplest way to keep your hearing aids in good functioning condition. A common issue with most hearing aids occurs in the microphone inlets. These gather dirt and debris quite easily and may block out sound. If you are having problems with your hearing aids, check that the microphone inlets are not blocked. If you notice any blockage, you can clean the hearing aids yourself or schedule a cleaning with a hearing aid specialist.
Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your hearing aids. As a general rule, you should be cleaning your hearing aids and ear pieces each day with a soft, dry cloth. Filters and wax traps are designed to decrease the likelihood of moisture, dust and debris collecting on the microphones and receivers. Over time, these filters are prone to clogging, which will diminish the overall sound quality of your hearing aid. Often times it will seem as though the hearing aid has stopped working altogether. If you’re experiencing this issue, it may be best to schedule a cleaning with a hearing aid professional and then start practicing the maintenance tips below.
A hearing aid consists of several parts, most of which should be maintained and cleaned regularly. Have you noticed a decrease in the performance of your hearing aids? If so, follow these eight tips:
1. Maintain ear hygiene.
2. Avoid the buildup of wax and debris by cleaning and disinfecting your hearing aids daily.
3. Turn the aids off when not in use.
4. Do not expose your hearing aids to heat, moisture or humidity.
5. Do not wear your hearing aids while bathing, showering or swimming.
6. Invest in a drying kit to remove moisture accumulation from daily wear.
7. Avoid dropping your hearing aids.
8. Keep fresh batteries in your hearing aids.
Important Note: You should never use water, cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol to clean your hearing aids because these can potentially damage your device.