If you are suffering from hearing loss, a hearing aid can be a fantastic tool to help you hear again. You will be able to join in conversations and hear what people are saying without their words coming through unclear and fuzzy.
When you have a hearing aid, it is important to keep it clean and maintained. The device will be in your ear all of the time, so it will need to be cleaned so that it doesn’t harbor bacteria. Proper maintenance will also keep it working to its optimum capacity so that it will perform the best for you. Any condensation or build-up on your hearing aids can affect how well you hear. Daily cleaning and maintenance will make your hearing aids last longer.
Here are some tips for maintaining and cleaning your hearing aid:
- First of all, you need the right tools. Purchase a wax pick and a brush from the audiologist. Often, these will be included with the purchase of your hearing aid.
- When you go to bed at night, detach the rubber part which fits into your ear from the rest of the device which is known as the ear hook. To clean it you can use a wax remover to remove all of the ear wax from the earmold. You might have to work the wire from the wax remover deep into the hole on the earmold to remove the wax.
- You can also soak the ear molds in soapy water for a while to remove all build-up and wax and then rinse them with clean water before placing them back in the hearing air. Remember to only immerse the rubber earmold in water, not the electronic parts of the hearing aid as this will damage them.
- Look out for condensation on the tubing or the ear hooks, which can greatly affect the sound quality you receive. If you see any condensation, blow it out with an ear mold blower.
- You can also clean the outside of the hearing aid with a soft piece of cloth.
- Sometimes dirt and wax can build up within the battery compartment. Remove the battery and use the small brush to gently clean out the area around where the battery is placed.
After cleaning, make sure that all of the pieces of the hearing aid are completely dry before attaching them together and putting them back in your ear. Perform this cleaning ritual frequently to keep your hearing aid clean and well maintained.