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Posted on Monday, July 08, 2013

Hearing Aid Care and Cleaning

Hearing aid care and cleaning is important

The best way to keep your hearing aids working well and lasting longer is to take good care of them. Hearing aid care and cleaning is an easy and a positive way to ensure your investment and keep good hearing health.

Moisture: Wipe the outside of the hearing aid daily with a soft, dry cloth or tissue to keep it free of wax and excess moisture. There are many delicate parts inside hearing aid as well, parts you cannot reach, and since moisture is insidious, a good hearing aid dehumidifier can be used at night to remove excess water and keep hearing aids in top working order. It can also help dry out earwax making removal easier.

Fingers : It's important to try and keep your fingers clean and to keep products like moisturizer and makeup off of your hearing aids. Hearing aids can attract bacteria and other microbes like fungi, especially during humid summer months. Antimicrobial products can be applied to the hearing aids every few days helps kill off infection causing microbes.

Wax: Hearing aids often come with a specific tool or brush to remove wax from the hearing aid speaker and microphone screens. It’s good to use this tool daily or twice daily during summer months. Drying the wax off first with the use of a dehumidifier can help make the process easier. If you are in the market for a new hearing aids, many of today's hearing aids come with a protective coating that helps protect against wax.

Puffers: In addition to using the dehumidifier, there are "puffers" available that blow small amounts of air through a hearing aid or through hearing aid tubing and moldings to keep them clean and obstruction free. Also remember to keep the battery compartment open when not in use.

Tubing: Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids have a tube that connects from the inner ear piece to the outer shell of the hearing aid. During most of the year this piece can be removed and replaced regularly to avoid obstructions, but people often find that tubes need to be replaced or cleaned more often during the hot summer months. Obtaining extra tubing for the summer helps to make sure that any unforeseen complication with tubing can be easily remedied.

Batteries: Hearing aid batteries should be stored at room temperature. Avoid placing it in humid or hot places, and take care to avoid moisture. Wipe the outside of the hearing aid daily with a soft, dry cloth or tissue to keep excess moisture from seeping into the battery. A hearing aid dehumidifier will also help to keep your battery in working order. In addition, a good practice is to leave the battery compartment or casing open at night so that fresh air can enter the hearing aid and dry it more completely.

Routine Cleanings and Maintenance: Most hearing health specialist include routine cleanings and regular maintenance with the purchase of your hearing aids. If you have this benefit make sure to use it. Not only can it extend the life of your hearing aids but it can also keep your hearing aids sounding their very best.

Audiologist: Good ear care includes visits to your audiologists. Talk to your audiologist about getting your ears and your hearing aids professionally cleaned. If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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