Little and often
As with many other things in life, it is vital to maintain a regular check on the cleanliness of your hearing aid. Performing simple routine tasks on a daily or weekly basis with minimise the risk of annoying breakdowns leaving you unable to hear well and possibly resulting in a repair charge depending on the age and nature of the breakdown.
Hearing aids very rarely go wrong. This is remarkable when you consider we use them all day, every day in a warm moist and an environment hostile to electronics. The vast majority of problems can be traced to battery failure or lack of cleaning.
…is a migratory substance. It will naturally work its way out of the ear and settle on the speaker outlet and sometimes on the whole aid in the case of custom products. Even if you have clear ears you will be producing wax. Hearing aids must be cleaned daily to guarantee wax free functionality. Failure to do so may result in more extensive cleaning or component replacement, which may attract a cost.
Devices such as C stop, Hear Clear or No Wax have been developed by the manufacturers to prevent wax from ingressing in to the inner workings of the hearing aid. They must however be checked daily on an In the Ear custom product and changed as soon as they start to become blocked. Click on the links above for more information.
Your hearing aid has one or normally two small slits or apertures. On a custom product they will be on the face plate or sometimes adjacent to the battery door.
If you can hear the ‘start up tune’ and then just hissing, or nothing at all, try cleaning the microphones.
Microphones are susceptible to blockage by debris such as wax or more usually skin deposited during the insertion and removal process. Wearers who use skin creams and hairspray should be especially vigilant that their microphones are kept clean.
In the kit provided with your hearing aids you will find a small brush. Simply brush across the microphone slits and ensure that the slit is not blocked. If you are unsure, please speak to your hearing professional
It is good practice, as shown in the video below to give your hearing aids a good wipe down on a daily basis, taking the time to check the speaker outlet and microphone ports as you do so.