If you own a set of hearing aids, you know how much of a difference it can make in your daily life. It’s similar to a car in that it can take you to places you never thought were possible, but like a car they require maintenance and care. This includes proper cleaning so that you can enjoy every sound every time.
With your hearing aids being placed in and around your ears, you need to make sure that the tools, equipment, and liquids you use to clean it are safe and practical. Wet wipes and disinfectant towels can be useful, but please read the instructions on the packaging to ensure that they will not irritate the skin. Wax picks and wire loops can help remove earwax from crevices in your device, and many drug stores and online retailers offer cleaning brushes and multi-tools. Do not use hand sanitizer to clean your hearing aid as this has the potential to ruin the device and/or cause internal issues in your ear.
To clean your behind-the-ear hearing aid, detach the tubing from the hearing aid and use a cleaning thread to remove any earwax that is present. Using a brush, wipe any dirt or debris that’s accumulated in the sound outlet and in the microphones. To remove moisture, place your hearing aid in a drying cup overnight with the battery removed.
With the in-the-ear hearing aid being a smaller device, it will need some delicate care while cleaning. Using the brush or a new toothbrush, clean the openings of the hearing aid while holding the device downward. Clear any remaining dirt or earwax with the wax pick or wire hook. Wipe your device clean with a tissue or an alcohol-free wet wipe. Remove the battery and use a hearing aid dehumidifier to clear any moisture buildup.
If you’ve cleaned your hearing aid and it still doesn’t give you the crystal clear sound you’re expecting, come to CEENTA. Our team of audiologists can examine your hearing aids to ensure that your device is thoroughly clean and operational and provide recommendations for other models best suited for your hearing needs. Schedule an appointment with a CEENTA audiologist today by calling 704-295-3300.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. If you need an appointment with an audiologist in one of our North or South Carolina locations, you can schedule an appointment by calling 704-295-3300.
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