A Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hearing Aid
Nowadays, the hearing aids we use are incredible little pieces of kit – they are easy to use, relentlessly reliable and magnificently durable. However, this is not to say they are invincible; because of the intricate and complicated technology within them, they are susceptible to damage, especially from moisture and dirt.
You can increase the durability of your hearing aids manifold by taking a few simple precautions when using them.
Here are the things you should make sure you’re doing; this will ensure your hearing aid keeps working better, for longer.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Because hearing aids are vulnerable to dirt and moisture, you should always ensure that your fingers are clean and dry before you start handling them.
Remember: the mic inlet is tiny (just a few tenths of a millimetre wide), so it can get blocked up surprisingly easily.
Avoid Any Sharp Knocks
Be careful with your hearing aid, as they are fragile. When you’re inserting or removing your hearing aid, do it over a soft surface (like your bed), just in case you drop it.
Keep It Safe
Just like anything else that is delicate, you should make sure to keep your hearing aids well out of the way of any animals or children. You don’t want them to get broken or damaged!
Clean Your Ears
It is important that your ears are clean before you go and insert your hearing aids. Ears are notorious for build-ups of wax and oil – both these things can harm your device, so make sure they’re not around.
Protect Them from Moisture
If you go swimming, or take a shower or a bath, make sure you remove your hearing aid beforehand. This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people ruin theirs this way!
When you’re in the shower, don’t leave your hearing aid in the bathroom – the moisture building up will easily damage it. Keep it in the afore-mentioned safe place.
Clean Them Carefully
There are a number of specialist hearing aid cleaning products available on the market; visit www.bootshearingcare.com/hearing-aids/ for a plethora of information about hearing aids in general, and speak to an audiologist about what products you personally need.
When you first get your hearing aid, the specialist in charge should give you a quick tutorial covering the methods you should use to clean it; make sure you pay attention, as those methods will come in handy.
Use neither water nor solvents when cleaning your hearing aid; the damage they cause can be irreparable. Simply use a soft cloth (dry!) to carefully wipe the device down after you’ve taken it out of your ear.
To clean the hearing aid of any build-up of wax or dirt, you should use a special hearing aid brush. These are designed to work their way into the small holes without doing any damage to the interior electronics.