In order to prolong the life of your hearing aids, it’s important you take care of them and clean them regularly.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids: You should aim to wash your earmoulds and tubing in warm soapy water at least once a week – more often if possible. After washing them, dry them thoroughly before fitting them back on the hearing aids, making sure you remove any moisture from the tube (this is important!).
Don’t be deterred by the time this might take you at first, as you will soon develop a simple routine. The cleaning process itself should then take no longer than brushing your teeth, say. You may need to leave the earmould to soak for a few minutes, and it will take a little longer for the parts to dry – but during that time you can be doing something else.
• Only wash the earmould and tubing and not the hearing aid itself! To disconnect the earmould and tubing from the hearing aid, gently pull the plastic tubing from the elbow (hooked part) of the hearing aid. Do not remove the elbow - this is part of the hearing aid itself and may be damaged by removing and washing it.
• Clean the body of the hearing aid by wiping it carefully with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use any cleaning solutions as they can damage the aid. Take care not to get the aid wet.
If you have two hearing aids, remember which earmould belongs to which hearing aid, so that you can put them back together properly!
You will probably find that the tubing on your hearing aid(s) will need replacing every three to six months before it hardens, splits or causes problems. Your hearing aid centre or dispenser will advise you on how to change the tubing, or should be able to do this for you.
These hearing aids have no earmould to detach.
The entire aid should be cleaned with a dry cloth but make sure that the aid does not come into contact with any liquid. A hearing aid of this type is usually supplied with a ‘wax pick’ – a small device for removing wax from the opening of the sound channel. The instructions that come with the hearing aid should say in detail how to use this. You need to follow these carefully.
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