Cleaning and Care Products
Like all technology, your hearing aids require care and maintenance. Keeping your devices clean can help prevent wear and tear, extend the life of your technology, and keep you hearing clearly. Regular use of the following items can help ensure that your hearing experiences are second to none.
- Dehumidifers: A dehumidifier is designed for the maintenance and storage of all types of hearing aids, the device is a maintenance chamber that dries and disinfects your hearing aids. This process kills fungi and bacteria, and it greatly reduces itching and the chance of infections.
- Cleaning Wipes: Cleansing wipes contain a surface-active agent that is effective against earwax but doesn’t damage hearing aids, helping to facilitate the daily cleaning of your hearing aids.
- Cleaning Spray: Cleaning spray is specially designed to dissolve earwax quickly, which helps improve sound quality without damaging hearing aids. Cleaning sprays also help prevent skin irritations and eczema.
How and what to clean your hearing aids with
Cleaning your hearing aids on a daily basis helps to ensure their performance and longevity, and it saves money on repairs. Easy to fit into your nightly routine, these hearing aid cleaning tips will help you to reduce the amount of wax, debris, dust, and other contaminants that could affect your technology.
How to clean your hearing aids depends upon the type of hearing aid you have. For instance, BTE technology contains an earmold that can be submerged in water (NOTE: not your entire hearing aid!) and cleaned with certain solutions or soap, while that would be detrimental to an ITE device. Ask your hearing care provider what the best practices are for cleaning your specific hearing aid style.
No matter which kind you have, the shell, the receiver, and the microphone are what you’ll want to focus on.
First Things First:
- Wash your hands and make sure they are dry before cleaning hearing aids.
- Work over a soft surface to prevent losing or breaking anything that might fall.
- Be extra mindful when cleaning, handling each piece with care.
- Turn technology upside down so debris will fall out rather than get pushed back in.
- Do not use a soaking wet cloth, unapproved solutions, or cotton swabs.
- If earwax is something that continues to be an issue, ask your provider about having your ears professionally cleaned.
- NEVER put your hearing aid in water.
Changing Your Hearing Aid Wax Guard: 5 Quick Steps
Hearing aids play an important role in keeping you connected to your world, so it’s important to keep them in their best shape.
Wax guards help protect your devices from damaging buildup of wax, skin particles, and debris. Learn how to change them with these five quick and simple tips.
- Know when to change the wax guard. Simply putting this task on a monthly schedule is one surefire way to know when to change your wax guards. Also, if the device isn’t working properly — even with fresh batteries — it’s a sign that the wax guard likely needs changing.
- Use the right wax guard for your device. Wax guards come in a few different styles, but not every version is right for your hearing aids. Your hearing-care specialist will provide or help you choose the compatible wax guards for your specific hearing instruments.
- Remove the old wax guard. Most wax guard kits comprise a set of small sticks — each with a removal prong on one end or side and a small, white, replacement wax guard on the other. Remove the current wax guard off your hearing aid shell by pushing the prong into the center hole of the wax guard and then pulling it out.
- Clean the hearing aid shell. With the old wax guard removed, clean the area using a toothbrush set aside for hearing aid maintenance. Brushing off the shell with a few strokes helps clear it of any remaining wax or other debris.
- Install the new wax guard. Adding the new wax guard is just as easy as removing the old one. Using the same implement, simply line up the end that contains the new wax guard with the hole on your hearing aid shell or earmold where the old wax guard sat. Gently push the prong into the center hole — the new wax guard should set or snap in place — then pull the prong back out.
It’s that quick and easy! And with your new wax guards now in place, you can reinsert your hearing devices and check this simple but critical maintenance task off your to-do list.
Got questions about changing your wax guard? Our caring team is here to help! Call us today at (816) 507-8885 to discuss your questions or concerns, and get the expert service you deserve.