How to Clean and Maintain Your Hearing Aids

How to Clean and Maintain Your Hearing Aids

Spring is in the air, and it’s not just our homes that need a little spring cleaning. This is also a great time to give some attention to our hearing aids. With the change in weather and increased outdoor activities, it’s important to take extra care of your hearing aids during this season. Regular maintenance boosts hearing aid performance and extends the lifespan of your devices.

Clean Your Hearing Aids Regularly

Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the buildup of earwax, debris, and moisture in your hearing aids. Start by wiping the surface of your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Use a specialized cleaning brush or tool to clean the microphone ports, receiver tubes, and vents. Avoid using water or cleaning products unless directed by your hearing healthcare professional. Cleaning your hearing aids daily will help maintain their performance and keep them in great shape.

Protect Your Hearing Aids from Moisture

With the increase in humidity and outdoor activities, it’s important to protect your hearing aids from moisture during the spring. Moisture can damage the internal components of your hearing aids, affecting their functionality and leaving you with a repair bill. Consider using a dehumidifier or a drying kit specially designed for hearing aids to remove any moisture buildup.

You can also protect your hearing aids from exposure to water. When participating in water-related activities, watering the garden, or playing sports that increase sweat, use protective covers or sleeves to shield your hearing aids from accidental water exposure.

Protect Your Hearing Aids from Allergens

Springtime allergies can introduce additional challenges to hearing aid maintenance. Pollen, dust, and other allergens can accumulate in and around your hearing aids, affecting their performance. Consider using hypoallergenic covers or filters to prevent allergens from entering your hearing aids. Regularly clean and inspect your hearing aids for any signs of dust and pollen buildup and consult with your hearing healthcare professional for further guidance.

Store Your Hearing Aids Properly

When not in use, be sure to store your hearing aids properly to protect them from damage. Use a clean, dry storage case designed specifically for hearing aids. Ensure the case is securely closed to prevent dust, debris, or accidental impact. Do not store your hearing aids in excessively hot or humid environments, as this can lead to damage. For example, don’t leave your hearing aids in a hot car or the bathroom. Keep them away from children and pets to avoid accidental mishandling.

How to Clean Your Hearing Aids

Start by washing and drying your hands, then gather the necessary supplies. You’ll want a soft, dry cloth, a cleaning tool or brush provided by the manufacturer, and a wax pick or wire loop from your healthcare provider. Start by inspecting your hearing aids for any dust, debris, or moisture and wipe it away with a cloth.

Next use a small brush or tool to clean the microphone and vent openings, being careful not to push earwax further in. If your hearing aids have a receiver tube or earmold, detach and clean them with a cloth and remove any earwax from the receiver opening with a wax pick or wire loop.

This is also a great time to check the filters and replace them if needed. You can also check any tubing for cracks or signs of damage. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance of your particular devices.

Schedule a Professional Cleaning and Checkup

Spring is an ideal time to schedule a professional cleaning and checkup with your hearing healthcare professional. They have the expertise and tools to thoroughly clean and inspect your hearing aids. They may also perform any necessary adjustments or repairs so you’ll be ready for summer. A professional checkup can identify any underlying issues and ensure your hearing aids are in great condition.

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By following these spring maintenance tips for your hearing aids, you can ensure better hearing throughout the season and beyond. If you want more tips on best cleaning practices or you need professional cleaning, visit us today. Together we’ll make sure your hearing aids are ready for all your springtime adventures.