Investing in hearing aids is crucial as they are designed to be long-lasting and dependable. To ensure their longevity, it is important to clean hearing aids daily, as they are exposed to environmental factors as well as earwax and moisture. Consistent cleaning, in combination with professional maintenance, will result in improved hearing for years to come.
Most hearing aid devices come with a cleaning tool and/or a cleaning cloth. To maintain them properly, it is essential to have a wax pick and brush, which are necessary tools for cleaning the devices at home.
"Behind the Ear" (BTE) hearing aids have two types of earmolds: one with a receiver (RIC - Receiver in Canal) and one without.
The cleaning process for these two types of earmolds differs.
Earmolds without receivers can be removed from the hearing aid and then you can follow the steps below to clean them:
When cleaning BTE hearing aids with a receiver (RIC), they either have a dome-type covering or are housed within an earmold. If unsure of the type, consult a hearing professional.
Follow the steps below to clean hearing aids with a receiver (RIC):
Earwax can cause major problems for In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing aids.
Follow the instructions below to clean an ITE hearing aid:
Your ITE hearing aid might have a wax guard that filters out dirt and wax from entering the sound channel. Hearing aids wax guards can be cleaned using a soft cloth or small brush. If you have doubts about removing or changing the filter, refer to the user manual or get in touch with a hearing care professional.
Here are some tips on how to clean hearing aids:
Certain cleaning tasks should be done on a regular basis, with some requiring daily attention, while others may be performed once a week.
Carry out the following steps each morning, as this is the optimal time due to the hearing aid being allowed to dry throughout the night, making it easier to eliminate debris and wax.
On an approximately weekly basis, allocate a bit more time to meticulously erase additional build-up and dirt.
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