Caring for Hearing Aids and Earmolds
Hearing aids are a brilliant investment for your future health and wellbeing. If you’ve decided to start using hearing aids to improve your hearing, it’s essential to know how to get the best out of them. These are impressive devices, which have a range of capabilities and benefits. One of the most important things to do to enhance the performance of your hearing aids and reduce the risk of damage is to clean your hearing aids and earmolds. Once you get used to simple maintenance jobs, they will become part of your routine, and it only takes a few minutes to make a massive difference. Here are some top tips to care for your hearing aids and earmolds.
Cleaning your hearing aids and earmolds
Hearing aids are designed to operate in conditions, which aren’t wholly ideal. The ear canal is a moist area, which is filled with wax, also known as cerumen. Although the ears have an impressive self-cleaning mechanism, it is important to clean both your ears and your hearing aids if you are prone to wax buildup. While earwax is essential for protecting the delicate components of the inner ear, too much can be harmful.
When you remove your hearing aids, take a moment to clean them. You can do this using specialist tools, including a wax pick and a brush. Cleaning processes are designed to remove excess wax and any other debris that may have found its way into the components of the hearing aid. If you have an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid, focus on the parts that have openings, for example, the microphone ports. Use your tools to gently remove wax and turn the hearing aid upside down to encourage additional debris to drop. Once you’ve cleared out the openings, use a soft cloth to wipe the entire device. When cleaning a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, use a soft brush or a cloth to clean the hearing aid before you remove the earmold and clean it separately. With a BTE hearing aid, you’ll also need to check for wax in the tubing.
Care and maintenance tips
When you first start using hearing aids, it’s wise to ask for advice if you’re unsure how to keep your hearing aids clean. Your audiologist will be able to offer tips and show you how to make cleaning effortless and quick. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Get into a routine: Most people don’t wear their hearing aids all the time and it’s a good idea to get into a routine of taking your hearing aids out and then spending a little time wiping and cleaning them before you use them again. Most people decide to do this before bed.
- Avoid chemical wipes or alcohol-based cleaning solutions: Hearing aids are robust, but they’re also very fragile devices. When you clean your hearing aids, handle them carefully and avoid using any wipes or solutions that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol.
- Invest in some handy tools: sometimes, cleaning hearing aids can be tricky because the parts are small and fiddly. Buying specially designed tools can make life much easier and increase the efficacy of cleaning.
- Be gentle: When you’re handling earmolds, be very careful. Try and make sure you clean your hearing aids over a towel or a cloth so that you can minimize the risk of damage if you accidentally drop your earmolds.
Looking after hearing aids and earmolds
Once you’ve perfected the art of cleaning hearing aids and earmolds, it’s advisable to look at other ways you can protect your hearing aids and keep them in tip-top condition for as long as possible. If you take your hearing aids out, store them in a safe, dry place. Many people like to keep them in a sealed box, which they can carry with them if they are out and about. Try and avoid leaving hearing aids lying around the house, as this can cause them to gather dust and attract dirt. There’s also a risk of losing your hearing aids or finding them in the hands or paws of children or pets. Your audiologist may also advise you to avoid wearing your hearing aids in extreme weather and also in water. Very hot and very cold temperatures and direct contact with large volumes of water may damage your hearing aids.
If you have any questions about taking care of hearing aids or earmolds, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Hearing Solution Center team at (704) 912-4422. Our expert audiologists are here to help!