Happy first day of spring!
The renewing feeling of this season encourages most of us to clean out our homes. But cleaning isn’t only for transforming our cluttered spaces or getting rid of old clothes. It can also be a very good time to give extra care to your hearing aids.
These hearing devices are very sophisticated and keeping them in good working condition is important. Cleaning them will ensure they are functioning at full capacity.
Here are some helpful tips to use at home:
- Before you start, wash your hands and wipe them dry.
- Earwax is healthy for your ears, but it can damage your hearing aid’s receiver. Make sure to use a wax pick and brush to get the buildup off your devices. Say no to clogs!
- Always keep your hearing aids dry. Water is a serious threat to your devices. Remove them before a shower, bath or swim. Store them in a safe place when they’re not in use.
- Establish a routine. Clean your hearing systems each day, preferably in the morning when the ear wax has dried. Open the battery doors at night to air-dry the device, and slow battery drain, before putting them back in in the morning.
For BTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aids:
It’s ideal to wash the ear molds and tubes in warm, soapy water once every other month or so. If that’s not possible or you don’t feel comfortable, bring them in and we’ll gladly do it for you!
Clean the device using a soft brush or cloth. Pull the mold and the tube from the hearing aids. Wipe them with a soft, dry cloth or tissue. Do not use alcohol or cleaning solutions. Allow them to completely dry overnight.
The tubing will need to be changed every three to six months.
For ITE (in-the-air) hearing aids:
Open the battery door. Focus on the shell, the receiver and the microphone.
You can use a small brush to clear any buildup on the case or the shell. It’s good practice to hold the device with the opening facing down while cleaning. Be careful when scooping out any debris and remember to brush any remaining dirt off.
Use a wax pick or hook to clean out the holes. Wipe the entire device with a clean, dry cloth.
If you perspire a lot, consider storing your aids in a dehumidifying container.
Kirsch Audiology is here to provide you with extra help in cleaning and caring for your devices. Come see us and we’ll make sure that you’re getting the most out of your hearing aids.
What are everyone’s plans this spring other than cleaning? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below or visit our Facebook page and let us know.