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7 Easy Steps to Clean your Hearing Device
Everything benefits from a little tender loving care (TLC) and your hearing device is no different.
Taking care of your hearing aid is not an onerous task. Indeed, it will repay you with years of clear, sharp service, which makes a few minutes every day a great investment.
Let’s take at just how simple it is to keep your device in tip top condition.
#1: Do it Daily
Like brushing your teeth or combing your hair, get into a daily routine with regards to cleaning your device. When you regularly maintain your hearing aid, you’ll get quicker, and it soon becomes second nature.
Don’t forget the reward is a hearing device that’s ready for use in the morning and works without glitches.
#2: Prepare Properly
Having a few simple tools to hand makes the cleaning go all the more smoothly. Consider purchasing the following inexpensive items:
- A soft cloth
- A multi-tool with a wax pick and ear mold brush
- Bulb puffer
- A hearing device dehumidifier
In addition, spread a soft towel over the table top where you clean the device. This avoids accidental damage and a soft landing if it slips through your fingers.
#3: Remove the Battery
Remove the battery and wipe it over with a soft cloth to remove any lingering moisture.
Use the soft cloth to wipe out the inside of the battery compartment, taking care to blot the electrical contacts to remove any condensation that might have built up over the day.
Leave the compartment door open overnight.
#4: Wipe Over the Device
Using your trusty soft, clean cloth, wipe over the device’s casing. This helps remove natural oils that have transferred from your skin during the day. These oils act like a magnet for dust and debris, and daily cleaning reduces the risk of dials and switches becoming clogged up.
#5: Check for Wax
Inspect the ear mold for wax ingress. Use the tiny hook on the end of the multi-tool to hook the wax out. Be especially careful not to push it deeper in, which is why a specially designed tool is helpful.
#6: Clean the Tubing
Now take a look at the tubing and check for condensation. If necessary, disconnect the tubing from the body of the device, and flick it vigorously to dislodge the moisture. Alternatively, attach a bulb puffer to blow the liquid through. (Avoid blowing down the tube, as moisture from your breath will add to the problem, not reduce it.)
#7: Pop into a Dehumidifier
Pop your hearing device and tubing in a dehumidifier overnight. These are inexpensive devices costing just a few dollars. They absorb moisture, hence keeping it the device’s delicate electrics in optimum condition.
And finally, don’t hesitate to ask your audiologist for help. They will be delighted to show you exactly what to do to keep your device fully functional.