Just like any other machine, you need to properly maintain your hearing aids so that they function well and give you value for your money. But you should not just jump into the hearing aid cleaning exercise without following the manufacturer’s manual because you could end up damaging the device. In this article, we explore what causes dirt to your hearing aids and how to clean them properly, thus maintaining them and maximising on their functions. You can also ask your hearing aids audiologist for a recommendation on suitable hearing aids cleaning kit.
Your hearing aid is mostly affected by ear wax. Ear wax is the main cause of hearing aid repairs across the industry and should, therefore, be handled with great attention. You cannot prevent ear wax from occurring because it occurs naturally in the ear canal.
While ear wax is healthy, it poses a great danger to your hearing aid. It is important to note that it does not just occur in the solid form alone, but as vapour as well. This vapour percolates into the internal components of the hearing aid, crystallises then block those components from functioning optimally.
How To Clean Ear Wax
o Be cautious of the device’s tubing, usually, your hearing aid comes with a cleaning tool that you will use to clean its tube. Especially if your hearing aid comes with a thin tube, or sometimes with a normal-sized ear-mould tubing. To prevent ear wax from building up in the hearing aid, perform this cleaning on a regular basis.
o Avoid wiping directly onto the mic ports. This means that you pick dirt from other areas of the hearing aid and deposit them into the mic port thus blocking them. You should be careful to avoid wiping your hearing aid in this manner.
o Clean the device every morning. Practising this exercise daily prevents the accumulation of dirt in the microphone or even the receivers. Make it a habit but avoid using tissues to wipe your hearing aids, especially if they contain lotions or aloe. Also, clean your cleaning cloth well after use to ensure that you do not redeposit debris or wax back into the device.
Water damages your hearing aid, no doubt about that. Exposure to vapour, perspiration, humidity or even condensation damages your hearing aid device. Sometimes, your hearing aid can be accidentally immersed in water. If this happens, you contact your hearing aid professional to help out.
How to clean out the water
o Accidental immersion in water. In case you plan to swim or exercise in rain, make sure to remove the hearing aid. Keep the hearing aid in its casing, away from vapour and heat.
o Routine Checks. Keep a routine on the use of your hearing aids and taking care of them, learn to stick to the routine. For example, before you shower, leave the hearing aids in their casing to prevent the accidental drop in the water.
o Clean the condensed water in the tubing. Earmold tubing can have condensed vapour from your own ear. If this is the case, use the tube blower to blow out the vapour from the tubing.
o As a measure of preventive care for your hearing aid, you need to have the cleaning tool kit to assist you to perform the routine hearing aid cleaning. These include the multi-tool: these contain a brush and a wax loop.
o Wax pick: This helps you to remove wax and debris from the hearing aid holes.
o Cleaning brush. This soft brush is used to clean the hearing aid body, sound port and face-plate.
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