Your hearing aids represent a significant investment in both time and money. While your devices should last you around five to seven years, this is only possible if they are well-cared for, especially after spending time outdoors like the Spanish Fork Sports Park where they can be subjected to moisture and dust.
In addition, you should take care to preserve your devices because they make a huge impact on your quality of life in terms of your health, safety and ability to communicate with loved ones. This is why it’s important to prevent the need for even minor repairs that take these valuable medical devices away from you for hours or days.
Below are tips for properly caring for your devices.
Cleaning the Shell
The hearing aid shell is the outer surface of the device. If wax or debris is stuck on the shell, it can affect the fit of your devices, causing discomfort or the buttons to stick. In-the-ear (ITE) devices are especially prone to wax buildup in the bent corners, while behind-the-ear can accumulate dirt and grime in any of the grooves or seams.
When cleaning the shell…
- Never use a wet cloth or chemical cleaners
- Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away wax buildup
- Use a cleaning brush to remove stubborn wax
Cleaning the Microphone
The microphone is especially delicate, so you should take extra care when cleaning it.
To clean the microphone…
- Never poke anything into the microphone port to remove debris
- Instead, use the cleaning brush to gently clear debris from the microphone port
- Turn the hearing aid upside down so that loose debris will fall out rather than becoming trapped further inside
Cleaning the Receiver
The receiver is the hole that channels sound from the speaker into your ear. Wax buildup in the receiver is one of the most common reasons for a hearing aid to fail, which is why daily cleaning is essential.
When you clean the receiver…
- Be very gentle, as too much force can cause damage
- Insert the wax pick until you feel resistance, then scoop it out. Repeat until no more wax comes out
- If your device comes with a wax guard or filter, talk to your audiologist about how to best clean it and how to identify when it needs to be replaced
For more information about caring for your hearing aid or to schedule an appointment, call Timpanogos Hearing & Balance today.