Caring for your Hearing Aids

 

If you regularly maintain and clean your hearing aids, they will improve your hearing for longer. Proper care will help minimise problems with your hearing, and increase wearing comfort.

Tips for caring for all hearing aids

  • Make sure you always have clean, dry hands before handling your hearing aids, as their microphones are very small and can easily become blocked.
  • Always ensure your hearing aids are clean and free of ear wax.
  • Take out your hearing aids before bathing, showering or swimming.
  • Do not leave your hearing aids in damp or humid places like the bathroom, as moisture can damage the components.
  • Do not leave your hearing aids near a heat source such as a radiator or a hair dryer, and do not place them where they will be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • At night, remove the battery and leave the battery compartment open. Store your hearing aids in the same cool, dry place every night, away from pets and children. If you can, it is worth investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier or drying container. Your local Bay Audiology clinic can help you purchase these.
  • If you have rechargeable hearing aids, please leave the hearing aid in the charging dock overnight.
  • Remove your hearing aids before you use a spray-on deodorant, hairspray, perfume or make-up, as fine particles from these products can block the microphones and controls.
  • If your hearing aids are not working properly, do not try and repair them yourself as their components are very fragile. Contact your local Bay Audiology clinic and they will support with the repair of your hearing aids.

 

Tips for Cleaning all Hearing Aids

  • Clean them with a cloth every night. After removing your hearing aids, wipe any dirt or debris off them gently with the small cloth in your cleaning kit. 
  • Brush them every day to remove wax. Wax is easier to remove in the morning as it hardens overnight. Use the cleaning brush and ear pick that come with your hearing aids to remove wax, particularly from the tubes and filters. Tilt the area you are cleaning to the floor to help loosen wax.
  • Do not use the same tool on the microphones and tube/domes, this can transfer wax from the ear into the microphone. 

 

Detailed cleaning regimes for each type of hearing aid are provided below.

Cleaning In-The-Ear (ITE) or Custom-Fit hearing aids

Daily ITE cleaning routine

  • After removing your hearing aids, wipe any dirt or debris off them gently with the small cloth in your cleaning kit. 
  • Clean all dirt collected in the sound outlet or the small hole under the sound outlet with the brush provided.
  • Clean off any moisture on your hearing aids with your cloth, then place them in a dry, cool place, a hearing aid dehumidifier or a drying container. Your local Bay Audiology clinic can help you purchase a drying container.

 

Monthly ITE cleaning routine

  • Gently brush the microphones on your hearing aids with a clean brush to remove any dust or dirt. Microphones are small openings above or below your battery tray. There may be one or two microphones on each hearing aid.
  • Check the condition of the wax filter. You will need to change it if it is looking discoloured or dirty, there is wax in it that you cannot brush out, or sound is not coming through it properly. Your pack of new filters will include a pen-like tool. Push one end of this tool into the hole at the top of the filter, then pull it away. Use the other end of the tool to push a new clean filter into place. Read your instructions for more specific advice for your hearing aid model. 

 

Six-monthly ITE cleaning routine

  • Wax filters need to be changed at least once every six months, so if you haven't already changed them, do so now. See the instructions for changing the filters under ‘Monthly ITE cleaning routine’ above.

 

Annual ITE cleaning routine

  • Contact your local Bay Audiology clinic to arrange a service. Your clinician will replace any damaged components and ensure your hearing aids are working correctly.

If you have any difficulties or problems with cleaning your hearing aids, contact your local clinic.

 

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