How to clean your hearing aid properly
Your hearing aid is in full use around the clock and in every situation. As a loyal helper and companion, you expose your hearing aid to various stresses. These are given by cosmetic products as well as by dust and heat. In addition, there is sweat and ear wax that the small high-performance computers have to withstand. It can easily happen that your hearing aid gets dirty. It can also happen that the input for the microphone is blocked or the volume control is stuck.
However, in order for your hearing aid to function properly and to guarantee a long service life, you have to clean it optimally. This is the only way your hearing aid will work really well in the long term. Do the cleaning regularly and correctly.
In this guide you will find out exactly how to use your hearing system and what you should absolutely avoid when using it. There are a few things to consider when it comes to cleaning.
Important information for cleaning
How do I clean my hearing aid correctly?
As a loyal companion, your hearing aid is always with you in everyday life. You can only hear well with your hearing aid if you clean it regularly. You do the cleaning at home. Alternatively, you can also use the service of a professional acoustician. In most cases this is not necessary.
How often should i clean my hearing aid?
Ear wax and sweat can make hearing aids dirty. The more you sweat or the faster your wax builds up, the more often you need to clean your hearing aid. It is best to get in the habit of removing the visible contamination from your hearing aid or checking everything on a daily basis. This process will quickly become a daily routine for you. It is best to incorporate it into your daily routine similar to brushing your teeth.
What do I need to clean the hearing aid?
For both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear models, none of these devices should ever get too wet. Therefore, you should never put your hearing aid in water. It is much better if you lightly moisten a piece of kitchen paper or a microfiber cloth with a special disinfectant and carefully rub your hearing aid with it. Appropriate cleaning sets and products for cleaning your hearing system can be obtained directly from your acoustician. Such sets usually contain brushes and special towels. Under no circumstances should you use detergents, alcohol or detergent if they contain aggressive substances.
How do I clean my in-the-ear hearing aid?
This model is exposed to very heavy loads every day. Especially when it comes to absorbing sweat or earwax, you have to be very precise with the cleaning. When cleaning up the little high-tech system, it is best to proceed very carefully. Otherwise, you could damage the hidden microelectronics. Under no circumstances should you bring the technology into contact with water. A soft, dust-free cloth or, alternatively, a special cleaning cloth from your acoustician is suitable so that you can remove dirt from the extremely sensitive hearing aid.
How do I clean my behind-the-ear device?
This variant is less sensitive. You can easily rub the housing with a dust-free cloth. In addition, you can clean the ear molds, called otoplastics in technical terms, and the screens. To do this, you disconnect everything from the receiver and then wipe everything off with a special disinfectant. If the contamination is very stubborn, you will need a special cleaning swab. A soft toothbrush may also be sufficient.
How can I dry and store my hearing aid?
With a suitable hearing aid, you can significantly improve your hearing. There is a highly intelligent technology in the small housing. This special computer technology ensures that you can hear better in your daily environment and understand others better. However, since the modern electronics inside are not compatible with moisture, you should avoid moisture and wetness.
Why do I need to dry my hearing aid?
In fact, your hearing aid works in a subtropical climate. It is worn either behind your ear or in your ear. There the temperature of 37 ° C and the humidity of approx. 100% are given. The climate is therefore similar to that in the subtropical regions. This is why moisture collects in your hearing aid. It is important to remove this moisture from the hearing aid regularly. This is the only way to avoid damage to the technology.
What is the best way to dry my hearing aid?
To properly dry your hearing system, it is best to use either a drying cup, a dry case or a dry box. You can obtain all of these forms from your hearing care professional. They are small containers that are designed to remove the accumulated moisture from the tiny computer overnight. To do this, open the battery compartment of your hearing aid, put it in the case and press the corresponding button. Both the duration and the climate for drying are set automatically.
How often should I dry my hearing aid?
The humidity in the air creates condensation. This condensation builds up in your hearing aid every day. To avoid splinter damage, you should dehumidify your hearing aid every day. Simply put your hearing aid in the drying device overnight. The next morning you can put it back in well dry. Always make sure that the battery compartment is open. The location for the dry box should also be chosen carefully. It is best to choose a room with a relatively dry climate. Neither the kitchen nor the bathroom are suitable because of the high humidity. You should also avoid the bedroom, because your breath creates dangerous moisture there. The best thing to do is to choose your study.
Useful tips for storing and caring for your hearing aid
- Always make sure your hands are dry and clean.
- Protect your hearing aid from dirt and dust particles.
- Keep your hearing system away from moisture or wetness. Before swimming or showering, you should remove the device and place it on a dry place. Make sure your ears are dry when you put your hearing aid back on.
- You shouldn't use aggressive cleaning agents or alcohol for care.
- The bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen are not suitable places for storage.
- At night you should dry your hearing system in a special dry box. This results in the ideal dehumidification for your hearing aid. Make sure the battery compartment is open.
- You shouldn't expose your hearing aid to excessive heat. Do not place your device on the heater, in the microwave or in the oven. It is also important to avoid direct sunlight.
- Keep your hearing aid away from hairspray and makeup or other cosmetic products.
- You should never repair your hearing aid yourself. It's a very sensitive little computer. In the event of damage, a specialist must be commissioned with the repair. Under no circumstances should you penetrate your hearing aid with sharp objects such as a needle or scissors.
- If you do not wear your hearing aid in your ear, you should transport it in a suitable box. This keeps it protected from bumps and dust.