How to Properly Clean Your Hearing Aids

March 26, 2019 5:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the best things you can do to keep your hearing aids in good operating condition for a long time is clean them out at regular intervals. Not only will this help you to hear better, but it will also keep the physical device itself functioning properly.

Considering how much better your hearing aids make your quality of life, it only makes sense that you should do everything you can to make sure they’re in good condition. The regular wear and tear you put on these devices—plus the sweat, dirt and earwax to which they are exposed—can take their toll, so you should make sure you take whatever steps are necessary to properly clean them from time to time.

Here are some tips from an audiologist about cleaning your hearing aids in California.

Know when to call in the pros

For the most part, general maintenance and simple cleanings of your hearing aids can be done right in your home. However, there may be times at which deep cleanings become necessary, at which point you should call for professional assistance to ensure the job is done properly and without risk of damaging the hearing aid and inhibiting its future use.

As with any type of electronic device, you can expect hearing aids to function most effectively when they have been well maintained. This means you can take some steps every day to remove any earwax, dirt or other debris that’s built up during regular use. This debris tends to accumulate in the receivers and microphones, and on the surface of the device itself. You can also take some steps to dehumidify the hearing aids to prevent moisture from building up and causing irreversible damage.

However, it’s important to note that the inner mechanisms of the hearing aid can easily be damaged if handled improperly. Rough use or poor maintenance could cause those inner parts to be damaged, which is why if the device needs more significant cleaning, or if you’re at all uncomfortable with doing the cleaning yourself, you should take it in to a professional to have it cleaned instead. Some audiologists handle this job themselves, while others can recommend you to a hearing aid technician so you can get the job done quickly.

What exactly are the differences between a professional cleaning and a home cleaning? The biggest is that hearing aid cleaning professionals have specialized equipment they can use to clean hearing aids in California and eliminate moisture and debris trapped deeper inside of them. Home cleanings tend to be a bit more surface-level and superficial, while professional cleanings will go much farther below the surface, getting into some hard-to-reach places most hearing aid users would have a hard time getting at themselves.

These are just a few pieces of information that are good to know if you’re in need of hearing aid cleanings. For more information, we encourage you to contact Valley Hearing Center – Salinas to speak with an audiologist. We’ll be happy to answer your questions!

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