Hearing Aid Care & Maintenance
As technological devices, hearing aids have a lifespan of about 5 years. You can achieve this lifespan as far as possible with proper hearing aid care and maintenance.
How Do I Clean My Hearing Aids?
Several issues may affect your hearing aids over time. They may become clogged with earwax, debris, or dirt.
Moisture can interfere with hearing aid devices, causing them to malfunction or not work as well as they should. The challenge hearing-impaired people face is that they can’t prevent their hearing aids from coming into contact with earwax or moisture. As a result, proper hearing aid care and maintenance are essential.
This starts with cleaning your hearing aids. Thankfully, the process is fairly simple. After removing your hearing aids, use a wax brush, toothbrush, or cotton swab to lightly brush away any earwax or debris that collects on your device.
Those with in-ear devices should also push out any build-up in the hearing aid’s air hole. Finally, remember to clean both the receiver and microphone to ensure proper operation.
Why It's Important to Maintain Your Hearing Aids
There are several reasons why regular hearing aid care and maintenance is essential:
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How Freedom Hearing Helps
While the Freedom Hearing team recommends regular hearing aid care and maintenance at home, we also provide professional services to help your hearing aids last as long as possible.
Our yearly review appointments provide you with an opportunity to have a trained audiologist check your hearing aids. They may be able to spot issues that you don’t recognise and can make adjustments to ensure the devices work properly. If your hearing aids require a repair, Freedom Hearing can organise that on your behalf, often at no cost to you.
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Care & Maintenance FAQs
The frequency at which you should change the filter in your hearing aids can vary depending on the type of filter and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Some filters may need to be changed every few weeks, while others may last for several months.
It’s important to consult the user manual for your specific hearing aids and to follow the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for filter changes.
Additionally, you should check the filters regularly and change them if they become clogged or dirty.
Hearing aids should be cleaned on a regular basis, ideally at least once a week, to remove dirt, wax, and other debris that can accumulate in the device.
This helps to maintain the performance and longevity of the hearing aid and prevent damage or malfunction.
Additionally, it is important to clean hearing aids after exposure to moisture or water to prevent corrosion or damage to electronic components.
To clean a hearing aid mould, you can use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to gently remove any debris or wax buildup on the surface of the mould.
You can also use a cleaning solution specifically designed for cleaning hearing aid moulds, or a mixture of warm water and mild soap.
Be sure to dry the mould thoroughly before reinserting it into your hearing aid. It’s also recommended to clean the mould after each use.
To clean a hearing aid microphone, you can use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to gently remove any debris or wax buildup on the surface of the microphone. You can also use a cleaning solution specifically designed for cleaning hearing aid microphones, or a mixture of warm water and mild soap. Be sure to dry the microphone thoroughly before reinserting it into your hearing aid. It’s also recommended to clean the microphone after each use.
Additionally, If your hearing aid has a removable microphone, you can also remove it and gently blow on it or use a small soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated.
It’s important to note that you should never use alcohol or solvents to clean a hearing aid microphone, as these can damage delicate components. And also it’s recommended to check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the specific hearing aid model you have before attempting to clean it.
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