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A Complete Guide on Caring for Hearing Aids

Posted In In Vision - By The Grand Canyons on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 With No Comments »

Hearing Aid CareHearing aids are very small yet incredibly helpful equipment. They need proper care to ensure they continue to serve their purpose well. In addition to professional cleaning, hearing aids also need daily care and regular sound quality checks to guarantee proper functioning.

Cleaning Tools

There are cleaning tools specially made for hearing aids. ITE or in-the ear hearing aids need a special form of cleaning brush to remove dirt on the sound port and faceplate. Wax picks, wire loops, and ear hooks are used for cleaning small holes, openings, and nooks of the hearing aid device. There are also multi-tools or those that combine different tools together in one piece of equipment.

Daily Cleaning

Hearing aids fail because of various reasons. This is why audiologists advise cleaning your hearing aid daily, preferably before going to bed. This allows enough time for moisture to dry completely.

When cleaning the hearing aid, make sure to separate the ear mold from the device. Clean both parts well while paying attention to the small holes using the cleaning brush. Use the wax pick to remove ear wax. While doing this, try to position the device upside down to avoid wax and dirt from falling back inside the device.

Ear molds may be washed with soap and water. Remember to dry them completely before reattaching the hearing aid.

Batteries

Batteries can last up to two weeks but still require regular maintenance checks. Remove the batteries and clean the compartment every night. Wipe away moisture using a clean cloth and then store in a dehumidifier. If a dehumidifier is not available, simply leave the battery compartment open but without the batteries.

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Ensuring Sound Quality

Poor sound quality may mean you need to buy hearing aid batteries and replace. But, sometimes, this is also a sign of another problem. Feedback, for example, may be experienced if the ear mould does not fit properly around your ear or is too small. You must use a listening tube to check sound quality. Bring the hearing aid to a service center for professional diagnosis if there are problems.

Hearing aids may be sensitive especially against moisture. But with daily maintenance and sound quality checks, you can expect them to work properly each time and reach their lifespan.