Chances are, your garage isn’t the only thing overdue for a clean this season. If you haven’t given your hearing aids a proper rub since last year, you run the risk of harming the technology – or worse – your ear health. Here are some tips for enjoying all the bird chirping that Spring has to offer.
Keeping hearing aids clean
Given how often you use them, it’s no surprise your hearing aids need to be fine tuned and tidied up every now and then. After all, you wouldn’t wear the same socks every day without giving them a wash! First and foremost, always ensure your hearing aid batteries are brushed out regularly, as dust can build up in the cartridge and cause malfunction. Before handling the batteries, ensure your own hands are nice and clean so the device doesn’t pick up any bacteria, food, or dirt particles. When you’re not using them, it’s best to keep battery cartridge doors open to avoid moisture buildup.
Apart from batteries, it’s important to keep tubing up to date, too, as it’s very susceptible to dirt, wax and grime. But once a year isn’t enough – we’d suggest changing your tubing every 3-6 months for optimal performance.
And as temperatures increase this season, it’s critical to remember not to leave your devices sitting out in direct sunlight. Remove them before going in the water, and use your device’s supplied cleaning tools every day to avoid moisture damage or ear wax blockages.
Take care when cleaning your ears
While your aids need frequent maintenance, your ears are actually quite equipped for self-maintenance. Most people don’t produce enough ear wax to suffer from any major buildup or blockages, and what is produced has a way of making it out of your ears naturally during showers, jaw movements, and the shedding of skin.
If you do find yourself with excess wax, DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself. Cotton swabs and other pointed utensils can severely damage the intricacies of the inner ear, so we recommend always seeking a hearing care professional’s help when cleaning.