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Taking the Time to Clean Your Hearing Aids Nightly Will Extend Their Life
Before getting your hearing aids, you were starting to withdraw from the world. You had such a hard time following conversations when you were out in public that you found it easier just to stay home. Your loved ones were becoming annoyed with you asking them to repeat themselves and began to spend less time with you. When you finally gave in and got a hearing assessment, your hearing aids gave you a new lease on life. Once again, you enjoy movies, concerts, and dinner with friends. Why wouldn’t you take the time to take care of something that has made such a difference in your life?
Why Regular Cleaning Is Important
Your hearing aid works best when it is clean and well-maintained. When moisture, wax, and dirt build up on the device, it can compromise the quality of the sound you get. You will get a comprehensive cleaning whenever you visit True Sound Hearing Aid Center, but you will still need to perform some routine cleaning yourself. The following is a quick overview of the nightly cleaning process for the two types of hearing aid.
In-the-Ear Hearing Aids
- Concentrate on cleaning the holes in the device and the microphone ports using a soft-bristle toothbrush or tool given to you by your hearing healthcare professional.
- To remove wax build-up, hold the device and clean the openings with the brush. Angle the tool downward so that any particles will fall out of the hearing aid instead of inside the holes.
- Next, use a wax pick or hook to clear anything out of the inner holes.
- Finish by wiping the entire device with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. This will remove any leftover debris.
Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids
- Examine the device for any earwax or debris and remove what you find with a wax pick.
- Remove the ear mold from the hook and clean it with soapy water.
- Use a blower or cool dryer to force water out of the tube and then place the tubing in a safe spot to dry overnight.
For both types of hearing aid, it is a good idea to remove the batteries and brush out the battery compartment every night. Once you have replaced the batteries, leave the door open to allow any moisture to escape.
You’ll Never Have to Do It Alone
Although it’s important that you learn to take proper care of your hearing aids on your own, the hearing care professionals at True Sound Hearing Aid Centers are here to help whenever you need it. When you buy hearing aids from us, you are also getting our help and support, so don’t hesitate to call with any questions or concerns.