How to Clean & Look After Your Hearing Aids

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One in six Australians suffers from hearing loss. However, only one in five Australians who would benefit from a hearing aid use one. 

Hearing aids are great devices to help those with hearing loss hear better by amplifying the sound around them. 

Like anything used daily, hearing aids need proper care and maintenance to ensure they stay in good working function. 

Since hearing aids are exposed to environmental factors, such as humidity, earwax, sweat and debris that can adversely affect performance, maintaining a cleaning schedule is essential. 

This article will outline eight ways in which you can properly clean and care for your hearing aids to prolong their lifespan.

Tips for Caring for Hearing Aids 

1. Handle gently 

Hearing aids should be handled gently with clean and dry fingers. Dirt and moisture can block the tiny microphone portals in the hearing aids responsible for collecting sound. 

You can gently wipe over the microphone inlets using a specifically designed hearing aid soft cleaning brush. 

2. Keep away from heat and moisture 

Hearing aids are generally not waterproof, making it paramount to remove them before showering. Also, avoid storing them in the bathroom as the room can get hot and steamy. 

Hearing aids should be removed when using a hairdryer, heating tools on the hair and during sauna and spa use. 

Specialised drying kits

3. Specialised drying kits 

There are specialised drying kits available to remove moisture from hearing aids. 

Electronic drying kits utilise UV light for improved cleaning and protecting the hearing aid against moisture, one of the leading causes of hearing aid failure. The UV light is also designed to reduce the accumulation of bacteria in the ear, reducing the risk of infections. 

When using a drying kit, the battery compartment should be open and the battery removed (if operating a disposable battery-operated hearing aid). 

Drying kits should be used more frequently for those living in hot and humid climates and throughout the summer. Daily use of drying kits is strongly recommended for anyone that perspires around the ears. 

4. Avoid hairspray and aerosols 

While using hearing aids, hairspray and aerosols should be avoided. 

The fine particles of hairspray and deodorant may block the microphone input. 

It’s also best practice to remove the hearing aid when applying and removing make-up or skincare products. 

5. Clean hearing aids daily 

Hearing aids should be cleaned daily, and hearing aid users should follow the cleaning and care advice included in their hearing aid manual. 

Hearing aid users should use a clean, soft cloth to remove any visible earwax or debris and avoid alcohol and solvents. 

Specially designed cleaning brushes for hearing aids should be used, and pointed objects such as needles and scissors should be avoided. 

6. Wax filters 

Wax filters and guards protect the hearing aid components from the earwax and are designed to be easily removed and replaced by the hearing aid user. 

Earwax production fluctuates from person to person, and the life of the wax filters depends on the user. So they should be inspected daily and changed when needed. 

7. Professional cleans

You should schedule professional cleans every six months to a year with your hearing clinic. 

Hearing healthcare professionals have access to specialist vacuums that can remove wax from hard-to-reach areas and safely clean other parts of the device. 

8. Store them correctly 

Hearing aids should be stored in a safe, dry space away from direct sunlight. It’s recommended to keep them stored in the case or charger, protecting them from dirt and moisture. 

Store hearing aids in a safe place away from the reach of children and pets. If they are not in use, it’s important to remove batteries from the hearing aids. 

In Summary 

Hearing aids are used all day long, which is why it’s crucial to clean them every day to prolong their life and performance. 

If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss and require hearing aids, look no further than EarDeals.

We offer a wide range of hearing aids from global manufacturers at affordable prices. Visit our website to browse our range. Or, if you aren’t sure what type of hearing aid is suitable for your needs, get in touch with one of our brokers, who can take you through the process and help you make an informed decision. 

We are dedicated to helping find the right hearing aids for you. 

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