HOW TO SERVICE HEARING AIDS
Hearing aids have changed a lot in the last few years. They are more comfortable and convenient to use than ever before, but they also require much more care.
The key to getting the most out of your hearing aids is regular maintenance by an experienced professional who knows the ins and outs of how to service hearing aids. Getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned and repaired services will keep them operating at peak performance levels for as long as possible. Most people don’t realize how important it is to service their hearing aids on a regular basis; without proper maintenance, they will experience reduced sound quality, shorter battery life and may even need replacement sooner than expected.
Of course, as a hearing aid user, you will also need to look out for your devices regularly. This means learning how to clean and take care of them at your level. Below are some simple tips on how to keep your hearing aids performing their best.
BASIC PARTS OF A HEARING AID
A hearing aid is a device that assists people with hearing impairments. The three most important parts of the hearing aid are the microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The microphone sends sound waves to another part of the device called an amplifier, which then converts them into electrical signals that can be sent directly to your ear through a speaker.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HEARING AIDS
Practice proper hygiene: A clean ear is a healthy ear. When cleaning your hearing aids, always wash your hands before cleaning them with soap and water. Don’t take any chances on getting dirty or oily substances in them. When it comes to showering and washing your face and hair, take off your hearing aids beforehand so you don’t risk damaging them from shampoo or conditioner getting inside. Make sure not to put other substances like lotions or moisturizers that could clog up the delicate machinery of your hearing aids.
Clean your hearing aids before sleeping: Cleaning your hearing aids before bedtime ensures that you will not be lying on them for hours and re-introducing dry, crusty earwax. It also gives the device time to “breathe” before it is put back into use again. The best way to clean a hearing aid is with a gentle cloth or air blower, as wipes can contain chemicals which could potentially harm the devices over time. Keep your hearing aids away from extreme temperatures: If you take your hearing aids out of your ears, and they’re exposed to the elements, you should put them in a safe place such as inside or near a heating source. Similarly, if you take them off under hot conditions be sure to put them somewhere cool.
How to clean BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids
How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing aids
Blow out the dust and debris from your hearing aid with a quick brush. Use a wax pick or hook to clear anything out of the holes that didn’t come out with the brush. Finish by wiping the entire device with a tissue or clean, dry cloth. This will remove debris from the case of your hearing aid so you can enjoy an unobstructed listening experience.
HOW TO SERVICE HEARING AIDS: TIPS FOR HEARING AID USERS
• Remove the batteries and keep the battery compartment open to dry overnight.
• If they’re rechargeable, dock them according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
• Brush the battery compartment with a cleaning brush before putting it back in and close up any holes or openings so that water doesn’t get into your hearing aid over time.
• A hearing aid dehumidifier can be a great solution to keep your hearing aids in the best of shape. A hearing aid dehumidifier is the perfect device for preventing moisture and bacteria from getting into your ear. A simple option is using an inexpensive plastic jar with a desiccant that draws out moisture overnight. For more convenience, there are also electronic dry & store units that use ultraviolet light and air to dry and sanitize your hearing aids.
HOW TO SERVICE HEARING AIDS: WHEN TO SEE A PROFESSIONAL
As a hearing care provider in Springfield, PA, we recommend that you have your hearing aids professionally cleaned on a regular basis. We use vacuums with specialized attachments to suck out wax from hard-to-reach areas and clean vents, microphone screens, windscreens and receivers.
If you are not sure how to properly clean your hearing aids or if you feel like your devices need special attention, consult an audiologist. We offer professional hearing aid cleaning, repair and maintenance services to ensure that your devices are functioning at their best.