How to clean hearing aids properly

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Both hearing aids and earmolds need regular cleaning to keep them in perfect working condition. In this article we will show you how to clean hearing aids properly and your earmolds.

Do you know how to clean hearing aids adequately?

A simple kit for cleaning hearing aids will help you keep your hearing aid and all components in good working order.

Among the accessories and tools that can make up a standard cleaning kit for cleaning hearing aids we can find:

  • Cleaning spray.
  • Airtight container with drying or dehumidifying tablet.
  • Bottle with mold cleaning tablets.
  • Set of anti-cerumen filters.
  • Venting cleaning thread.
  • Wax remover.
  • Brush.
  • Insufflator or blower.
  • Magnifying glass.
TIPS FOR CLEANING HEARING AIDS PROPERLY
  • In our hearing centers we always recommend that the maintenance and cleaning of the hearing aid is always carried out after use.The emphasis is on examining the prosthesis and the earmold.

  • For a correct inspection of the hearing aid hygiene, the use of a magnifying glass is recommended because the components to be examined may be difficult to see with the naked eye.

  • The earmolds and ear tubes must be kept free of wax and debris to ensure optimal hearing results.
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When we insert the hearing aid in our ear canal and notice that our ear is clogged, it is a possible sign of a clogged filter.

How to clean hearing aids properly in 10 steps

We describe step by step how to clean hearing aids properly:

  1. First of all, we remove the hearing aid from our ear and examine it carefully to check its condition and possible traces of dirt.
  2. We observe if there is any earwax residue in the earphone filter, ventilation duct or any other type of dirt in the microphone.
  3. With the wax remover, venting cleaner and a brush, we are going to to remove the remains of dirt from our hearing aid.
  4. With the brush, gently, we clean the microphoneIn this way we eliminate the dirt that is deposited on it, which accumulates on the surface of the microphone and gradually causes it to lose sensitivity in sound reception.
  5. We then proceed to clean the hole where the earphone is located, here we can find an anticerumen filter that we will have to observe that it is not damaged or obstructed with the cerumen. Here we will use the earwax remover as a spoon, we will remove the earwax from the filter and with this we will achieve that the sound comes out of the hearing aid without any obstacle.
  6. If the filter is clogged we will only have to remove it and put a new one since most of them are easy to remove. Once removed we will observe again the filter base and with the earwax remover we will remove any debris that has gone beyond the filter.
  7. Once we have examined and cleaned the microphone and the earphone, we go through the ventilation duct of our prosthesis the venting cleaner thread extracting the cerumen or dirt that has been introduced through that duct, being able to help us with the cerumen remover or brush if we see any rest that we could not remove only with the help of the venting cleaner tool.
  8. Remove the battery. With the brush, clean the battery compartment and the battery holder by gently brushing them.
  9. Then clean the outside of the hearing aid with a soft cloth impregnated with liquid for cleaning the surface of prosthesis or ear molds.
  10. Place the battery in the hearing aid. At this point you can either leave your hearing aid in the hermetically sealed bottle with the drying tablet or close the battery door and use the hearing aid as you normally would.

Once your hearing aids have been cleaned, we store them with the battery holder open inside the dehumidifier canister and insert a drying tablet. Once this is done, we leave the canister hermetically closed.

This absorbs any moisture that has accumulated in the electronics of our hearing aids during use.

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With the use of the dehumidifier kit we are able to absorb the humidity of the electronics of our hearing aids.

How to clean an earmold

The hygiene of the earmold is just as important for Behind-The-Ear hearing systems (BTE, MiniBTE, RITE) as it is for the custom hearing system itself (CIC, ITC, ITE). Here is a step-by-step guide for you to do the cleaning yourself.

  • Remove the hearing aid from the ear. Examine the mold, if there is wax in the mold, remove it with the wax remover.
  • Remove the mold from the hook located at the end of the mold tube. Twist the tube and pull gently to remove it.
  • Proceed to introduce the mold in the pot with water and cleaning tablet.If you do not have the cleaning set we are referring to, you can also clean the mold with soap and water and rinse with clean water.
  • Place the blower on the end of the tube and tighten it, forcing the water out of the pipe. Allow to dry overnight. Connect the earmold back to the hearing aid.
  • Remove the battery. Using the brush, clean the battery compartment and battery holder by gently brushing them.
  • Clean the outside of the hearing aid with a soft cloth. impregnated with liquid for cleaning the surface of the case of the hearing aid, thus eliminating the grease that could have adhered to the surface, with a dry cloth we finish the cleaning.
  • Place the battery in the hearing aid. At this point you can either leave your hearing aid in the hermetically sealed bottle with the drying tablet or close the battery door and use the hearing aid as you normally would.

If you have followed these steps properly, you will be able to enjoy your digital hearing aids in full working order for as long as possible. The maintenance of hearing aids involves both cleaning and tuning as well as the repair of hearing aids.

All these maintenance tasks are performed in our own facilities. hearing centers. Cleaning hearing aids properly is a task that you can do yourself, but if you have any doubts or do not have the necessary tools and equipment, consult your trusted hearing center for advice in this regard.

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