Hearing Aid Maintenance

Cleaning your hearing aidHearing aids are designed to be precision instruments, and they need a certain amount of basic daily attention in order for them to perform at their optimum capacity. A little TLC given to your hearing aid will allow you to get the best possible service out of your hearing aid. Hearing aids need to be cleaned on a daily basis, this not only makes it work efficiently, but it also ensures that you prolong the natural life of a hearing aid. The whole job has been made so much easier these days by the availability of specialist hearing aid cleaning packs, that clean and disinfect the hearing aid.

How to clean your hearing aid

How to clean a BTE hearing aid

How to clean a ITE hearing aid

Rules that apply to all hearing aids

  • Never attempt to clean a hearing aid by inserting sharp objects such as needles, pins, or toothpicks inside. By doing this you run a real risk of damaging sensitive internal parts.
  • Never use detergents or alcohol on the components of the hearing aid as they can damage it.

Storing your hearing aid

You have removed and cleaned your hearing aid it is now time to store it safely until the morning. Despite the fact that most hearing aids have an independent switch it is advisable to open the battery door when storing. This has a dual effect, the obvious effect is that it prolongs the life of the battery, but it also allows the hearing aid to “air”. When the hearing aid is in the ear canal tiny drops of condensation can form inside and this protects the hearing aid from the effects of water as it can evaporate overnight.

Keeping a hearing aid dry

A hearing aid should never be allowed to get wet, but even with the best laid plans, there will be times when it is necessary to dry a hearing aid. However it should be the exception and not the rule. A hearing aid should always be removed before bathing, or swimming or even going into a damp sauna. If you work out in a gym the resultant sweat can damage a hearing aid.

It is a great temptation to panic when faced with a drenched hearing aid, but they should not be exposed to any direct heat to dry, as the heat is very likely to damage the sensitive components. They should never be placed on a radiator, in an oven, or microwave, or over a hot kettle.

To dry a hearing aid, open the battery door to let the water evaporate! If they have been drenched it is possible to dry them with a warm hair dryer being very careful to hold at a safe distance, which is about two feet away. Do not attempt this with a hot hair dryer.  In addition there are specialist desiccants or de-humidifiers, which will dry them out. Any form of direct heat is dangerous to a hearing aid and that includes storing them in a car on a hot day.

How long do hearing aids last for

You should get a hearing aid to last for five years, but the less you mistreat it the more life you will expect to get. They are delicate precision instruments and deserve to be looked after.

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