Just like anyone who takes their car to Clegg Auto Spanish Fork for regular oil changes will tell you, it’s essential to care for things that you want to last. This is also true for your hearing aids. Know how to clean the different parts of your hearing devices every night so they have a long lifespan and provide the most benefit possible.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are many different types of hearing aids, including completely-in-the-canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC). What all these devices have in common is they are comprised of the same three basic parts:
- The microphone picks up sounds in the environment that are then amplified.
- The receiver delivers amplified sound signals to the ears.
- The shell houses all the technology within the device.
Cleaning the Microphone
The microphone is incredibly delicate, so it’s important to clean this part of the hearing aid with care. When cleaning the microphone port:
- Don’t stick anything inside, or it could cause damage.
- Use a soft brush to sweep away any debris.
- Hold the hearing aid upside-down so that debris falls out instead of further in when brushing the microphone port.
Cleaning the Receiver
Wax buildup in the receiver is one of the most common causes of hearing aid failure. While daily cleaning should prevent wax buildup, deep cleaning may sometimes be necessary.
- Be gentle when cleaning the receiver in order to avoid damage.
- Use a wax pick/wire loop to remove wax. Insert the pick into the opening slowly until you meet resistance, then scoop out the debris.
- If your hearing aid model has a wax guard/filter, your audiologist will let you know. These filters need to be replaced on occasion.
Cleaning the Shell
Wax and debris on the shell of your hearing aid can result in an improper fit, which may lead to whistling and feedback. When cleaning the shell of your hearing aid:
- Use a soft, dry, clean cloth to wipe down the outer portion of the hearing aid.
- For stubborn buildup, use a soft brush.
- Hearing aid wipes may be used, but not solvents/cleaners that aren’t specifically designed for hearing aids.
For more information about proper care and cleaning of your hearing aids, call Timpanogos Hearing & Balance today.