How do I maintain my Hearing Aid?
Hearing aids require regular care and maintenance to preserve their lifespan – after all, they’re housing delicate electronics and are worn on your person for long periods of time.
You’ll need to clean your hearing aid regularly to remove wax and dust, as well as using a drying kit to prevent moisture build-up – this way, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your hearing aid investment.
Moisture and Dampness
Electronic items do not like dampness and condensation – and your hearing aids are no different. Moisture that could damage your device may result from factors including body sweat, the environment, or humid climates.
To prevent moisture building up, a drying kit should be used on your hearing aids. It is recommended that hearing aids are dried:
- daily in warmer months
- twice weekly in cooler months
The Hearing Care Shop offers a range of drying kits, available in either electronic or crystal form.
Drying Kits: Electronic or Crystals?
Electronic drying kits perform the best at removing moisture from hearing aids. Used for 3 hours per drying session, they are simple to use, plug into any power socket, automatically turn off after the drying period, and are small enough for you to travel with.
Crystal drying kits are small tubs containing moisture-absorbing crystals – you place your hearing aid on top of the crystals and leave to dry overnight. Over time, the crystal quality diminishes and its effectiveness in removing moisture lessens. You will recognise this, as the crystals will change colour.
Naturally produced by the ear canal, ear wax is one of the main causes of hearing aid problems, due to wax clogging up the earpiece.
RIC (receiver-in-the-canal) hearing aids come with a filter at the end of the tube that travels from the hearing aid device into your ear canal. The white tip filter at the end of the speaker (under the dome) prevents wax from entering the speaker.
Use wax tools to clean and brush away any accumulated wax each day, or at least on a weekly basis.
Replacing the wax filter
It is important to replace the wax filter on your hearing aid regularly. For some users, this will be every month – for others, every few months. If you can see wax on the filters, it’s time to replace them.
The Hearing Care Shop carries a range of wax filters for all hearing aid brands and models.