Giving your hearing aids a spring clean

Posted 26 February 2019
Spring is around the corner and for many, this is an ideal opportunity to give our hearing aids a bit of a clean and tidy, which is essential to ensure they work to their full potential.

Giving your hearing aids a spring clean

Regular hearing aid cleaning and maintenance is important for well-functioning and long-lasting hearing aids. Even though hearing aids are very durable and can withstand the stresses of daily use, hearing aid maintenance is necessary to make sure you’re getting the best sound quality and longevity out of your devices.

Here are our top tips for care and maintenance:
 

Receiver in the Canal hearing aids (RIC)

  • Wipe down the surface of your dome and thin wire (receiver) with a cleaning spray and lint free cloth to remove any dirt or dry wax. Do not directly spray the cleaning solution onto the hearing aid.

  • Clean all dirt collected in the sound outlet at the end of your dome by using the brush provided.

  • Check the condition of the wax filter. If your filter is looking discoloured or dirty, or if there is wax in it that you cannot brush out, it is time to change the filter.

  • If there appears to be any moisture on your hearing aid, please put it into a drying pot or Perfect DryLux overnight.
     

In the ear hearing aids (ITE)

  • Wipe down the surface of your mould with a cleaning spray and lint free cloth to remove any dirt or dry wax. Do not directly spray the cleaning solution onto the hearing aid.

  • Clean all dirt collected in the sound outlet by using the brush provided.

  • If your hearing aid has a small vent hole under the sound outlet, clean this using the brush provided at your fitting.

  • Check the condition of the wax filter. If your filter is looking discoloured or dirty, or if there is wax in it that you cannot brush out, it is time to change the filter.
     

Behind the ear hearing aids with an earmould (BTE)

  • Wipe down the surface of your mould with a cleaning spray and lint free cloth to remove any dirt or dry wax.

  • Clean all dirt collected in the sound outlet by using the brush provided. A wax loop tool also provided can be used to pick free any wax that has become stuck in the sound outlet.

  • If there appears to be any moisture on your hearing aid, please put it into a drying pot or Perfect DryLux overnight.

  • Check your tubing for moisture droplets. If any are found, remove the tubing from the hearing aid where the two meet. Then use an air puffer to clear the moisture before reattaching the tubing to the hearing aid.

  • The tubing will deteriorate over time and may affect the sound quality. This tubing needs to be changed every four to six months. If you feel your tubing has become hard or discoloured or the sound quality has dropped noticeably, please contact The Hearing Care Centre.

 

Visit our online shop to find a wide range of consumable items that will help you keep your hearing aids in tip top shape.