Hearing Aid Care & Maintenance 101 : A checklist on cleaning and caring for your hearing device

Maintaining your hearing aid through regular cleaning and care is essential for its longevity and optimal performance. By implementing daily maintenance routines, you can minimize the likelihood of malfunctions and the need for frequent repairs. Here's a comprehensive guide that ELEHEAR offer to help you uphold the functionality of your hearing aid.

Follow our checklist for maintenance:

Earmold and tubes: Inspect the earmold and tubes regularly to detect any blockages or cracks. If you notice wax or debris in the earmold, utilize the removal tool provided with your hearing aid to delicately clear the obstruction. 

Case: Inspect the hearing aid casing for any signs of damage, such as cracks, fractures in the battery door, or exposed wires. If you observe any damage to the device casing, it's important to notify your audiologist or consult the retailer where you purchased the hearing aid for assistance.

Sound: You need to perform a daily check on your hearing aid to ensure it's functioning correctly. Verify that the sound is accurate and clear, free from static or distortion. Utilize the hearing aid' s stethoscope attachment and articulate sounds like "uu," "ee," "aa," "sh," "s," and "f." Assess if they are distinctly audible and clear.

Additionally, if your hearing aid features volume control (though not present on all hearing aids), adjust it up and down to verify the sound clarity and functionality of the device.

Clean your hearing aids
To maintain your hearing aid, use moist wipes without alcohol to clean its surface. Alcohol can harm the hydrophobic coating, which is sensitive to it. For cleaning, you can use wet wipes or a cotton cloth with a mild soap solution.

Guidance on Maintain Your Hearing Aid for Extended Usage

Avoid Moisture Exposure: It is recommended to refrain from getting your hearing aids wet. Avoid using them in the shower or during heavy rain.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures : Do not expose your hearing aids directly to high temperatures or sunlight, such as leaving them in a hot car on a sunny day. Heat can rapidly accumulate within the device and damage the circuits. Similarly, temperatures below freezing can also harm your hearing aids.

Avoid Chemical Exposure: Chemical substances found in aftershave, hairspray, oils, and perfumes can be detrimental to your hearing aids. It's crucial to remove the hearing aids before applying such products and allow them to dry thoroughly before using the hearing aids again.
Keep Away from Children and Pets: Keep your hearing aids out of reach of children and pets. If removed and left within reach, hearing aids can emit high-frequency sounds, which may agitate certain pets, such as cats and dogs. Animals chewing on or swallowing the device could destroy your investment within seconds.

Young children are naturally curious and tend to explore everything, posing a risk of accidentally swallowing batteries or even new miniature hearing aids.

Let Professionals to Repairs

The intricate electronic technology inside hearing aids is highly sensitive and prone to damage from mishandling. Contact with metal tools or oils can swiftly harm the micro-mechanical or electronic systems within the hearing aids. If you encounter any issues with your hearing aids, be sure to consult your hearing healthcare professional for assistance.

All in all, constantly exposed to wax, body oil, and perspiration, hearing aids require regular maintenance to function at optimal levels. Because these little wonders are such a significant financial investment, it's wise to learn how to properly maintain your hearing aids.

Treating your hearing aid with proper care will keep it in good working condition and minimize any potential problems caused by daily use. Regular home cleaning combined with scheduled professional maintenance will give you years of reliable service from your hearing aid.

If you require further guidance on maintaining your ELEHEAR hearing aids, feel free to reach out to our professionals. They are available to address any inquiries or concerns you may have regarding your hearing aids. For more information, click to check our blog section.

 

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ELEHEAR's editor is dedicated to sharing popular science information about OTC hearing aids. They also provide helpful tutorials on how to use ELEHEAR hearing aids, ensuring users have access to valuable knowledge and guidance for a seamless hearing experience.
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