hearing aid care and maintenance
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.
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.
Clogged wax filters are also the cause of distorted or limited sound coming from your hearing aids.
RIC, CIC, IIC hearing aids come with a filter to stop the wax entering the speaker.
- For RIC hearing aid, the wax filter is located at the end of the wire that enters your ear canal. Remove the rubber dome and you will see the speaker with the wax filter housed on the tip.
- For CIC and IIC, the wax filter is located at the narrowest point of your hearing aid.
Use the wax tools provided by the clinic 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 few weeks if they produce quite abit of wax; for others, every two months. If you can see wax on the filters (yellow tip instead of white) it’s time to replace them.
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
Totalcare Hearing offers a range of drying kits, available in either electronic or crystal form.
Drying Kits: Electronic or Crystal?
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. At this time, purchase a new tub.