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How to look after you hearing aid?

To ensure that your hearing aids function properly, you need to provide them the care and attention they require.  Although you will be provided with a leaflet on how to care for your hearing aid when you make a purchase, it is essential that you are aware of the basic rules on how you can look after them so they last long.
Cleaning your hearing aid on a regular basis will ensure that they function properly and are in good working order.  How you clean them and take care of them will actually depend on the type of hearing aid you use.  Let’s look at the care and cleaning tips for BTE hearing aids first.
Behind-the-ear hearing aids consist of earmoulds and tubing which you can wash every night with soap and water.  For best results, use warm water and rinse them thoroughly.  If you cannot wash them every day, wash them at least once a week.  Do not use them until they are completely dry.
Keep in mind that you need to wash the tubing and earmould only.  The hearing aid should not be immersed into water.  It is quite easy to disconnect the tubing and earmould from the device.  All you need to do is pull the plastic tubing gently from the hooked part of the device.  Your behind-the-ear hearing aid can be cleaned by wiping with a soft, dry cloth.  Cleaning solutions can damage them and therefore they are not recommended.  Also make sure to change the tubing of your hearing aids on a regular basis because they can harden and cause problems.  Visit your local hearing aid dispenser and they will be able to do this for you.
On the other hand, if you are using in-the-ear hearing aids, then you can need to clean the entire device with a soft, dry cloth since they do not consist of earmoulds.  Do not immerse them into water or other cleaning solutions.
No matter which type of hearing aids you use, you need to check them for performance on a regular basis.  Listening checks can be performed using a listening tube.  During your visit to your audiologist, you will be advised on how you can check for internal feedback and intermittency.
The batteries should also be tested using a battery checker.  Batteries should normally last about 2 weeks but you can check them frequently to ensure that they are working well and at peak performance.  You must keep spare batteries all the time and store them in a dry place.  Batteries can cause health hazards and therefore they must be handled and disposed of properly.
Aside from keeping your hearing aids clean, you must also minimize moisture in them.  Hearing aid drying containers are available which can help prevent moisture buildup.  Keeping your hearing devices free from moisture will ensure that they function properly and it will also lengthen their life.  But, before you place the device in the container, make sure that you remove the batteries.

How to clean a BTE (behind the ear) hearing aid:

How to clean an ITE (in the ear) hearing aid:

How to clean an RIC (receiver in the canal) hearing aid: