Your hearing aid was a significant investment and more importantly, it’s become an essential part of your life. But think about it: these remarkable electronic devices operate in far from ideal conditions, where moisture and earwax can wreak havoc on the technology.
Understanding proper hearing aid cleaning and care is therefore essential for maintaining what has now become one of the most important items in your life.
Moreover, if you know how to clean hearing aids, you’ll be able to extend the average lifespan of your hearing aid as well. The average lifespan of a hearing aid is between three and seven years and proper care of your hearing aids will make a huge difference as to how long your hearing aids truly last.
Here are the most important tips for hearing aids maintenance and cleaning:
1. Avoid Moisture Whenever Possible and Store in a Dry Place
Even though the newest hearing aids are made to be water-resistant, you should still remove them while swimming, showering, or doing anything else that involves getting wet. If your hearing aids do get wet, be sure to dry them off immediately with a towel and use a hearing aid dehumidifier to make sure they get completely dry. Do not dry them with a hairdryer or anything that is heated, as the high heat can damage your hearing aids.
2. Make Sure You Have The Proper Tools For Clean Hearing Aids, And Clean Them Often
Cleaning hearing aids regularly is probably the most important factor for extending your hearing aid lifespan, but it’s essential to have the correct tools to do so. You’ll need a hearing aid tubing cleaner, cleaning wipes, and a cleaning kit. You can easily purchase a package of all the products you need right here.
It’s very important to learn how to clean the wax out of your hearing aid.
For ITE (in the ear) hearing aids, be sure to change the eartip(s) every few months as this can clog with earwax. Gently clean all of the openings on the device with a cleaning brush (or a soft-bristle toothbrush), while holding the device with the opening face down so any loose particles will fall out.
For BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids, remove the eartip(s) and tubing and first wipe down all debris with a dry cloth. You then need to be sure the eartip(s) and tubing are clear and flexible and free from debris. If your eartip(s) and/or tubing is stiff or discolored, those pieces need to be replaced immediately to keep your hearing aid in top-performing condition. If you think your eartip(s) and tubing need a deep clean then you can soak those pieces only in warm, soapy water. Make sure they are completely dry before reattaching to the hearing aid or the moisture can damage the hearing aid. You can also use a bulb blower to force water out of the tubing, and also allow it to dry overnight.
If you’re still having trouble maintaining the cleanliness of your hearing aids, Hearing Help Express offers convenient service plans to cover anything from water damage, drop damage, and even dog damage. This is a great option as a clean up backup plan or if you don’t feel comfortable cleaning your hearing aids yourself.
3. Change Hearing Aid Batteries As Often As Possible, And Use Fresh Batteries
Hearing aid batteries are often overlooked, but you must pay close attention to them in order to ensure proper hearing aid care and longevity. If left in for a long time, hearing aid batteries can trap moisture and cause significant damage to your hearing aids. Make sure you change your batteries often (about once per week) and always clean all surfaces, including the battery contacts in your devices, before reinserting the batteries.
If you’d rather not deal with replacing batteries, you can always get rechargeable hearing aids, which are ideal for those with mild to moderate hearing loss.
4. Always Handle Carefully With Clean Hands
Cleaning your hearing aids with the proper tools is very important, but it’s also absolutely critical that you’re doing so with clean hands. Make sure that your hands are always clean when you remove or insert your hearing aids, and even more importantly be sure to clean your hands both before and after you perform any maintenance.
5. Avoid Hair Products
This one might not be so obvious, but if you use hair products - pomades, hair sprays, dyes, leave-in conditioners, and even sun creams, perfumes and powders - you should always remove your hearing aids before applying them. Any hair or skin product may damage or clog parts of your hearing device and may even negatively affect the sensitivity of the microphone.
This may seem like a lot to think about, but if you really want to get the most of your hearing aids without worrying about maintenance as much, you can always purchase yearly cleaning coverage.
In addition to proper hearing aid cleaning and maintenance, there will undoubtedly be some situations that require more than a thorough cleaning.
Have you been taking care of your hearing aid and still need repairs? Luckily, there are some easy options to get your hearing aid fixed quickly:
Did a part break and you can’t clearly see how to fix it? You can easily order and replace essential parts with Hearing Help Express.
What if you tried to fix or clean something, like the EarMate-4330, and now your hearing aid won’t work? Not to worry. If you need to send your hearing aid in for repair, you can purchase a hearing aid protection plan for hearing aid coverage that includes repairs and even loaner hearing aids.
If all of this information seems overwhelming, don’t worry. You can get all of the tools you need, along with amazing service, in one simple place. Hearing Help Express will provide you with everything to help you maintain the quality of your hearing aids and extend their lifespan.