Care and Maintenance
In order to maintain your hearing devices in good condition, it is important to follow some device care guidelines. Daily care and attention will prolong the life of a hearing instrument.
- Keep the hearing aid shell as clean as possible, but do not immerse it in any liquid.
- Wipe it daily with a soft, lint free cloth. Clean the receiver and vent openings with the proper cleaning tool. This is best done in the morning before inserting the hearing aid as any wax left in the aid will be dry and flake away easily. A wax loop may be used to remove wax from the receiver tube, but be sure not to push wax deeper into the hearing aid. Do not use pins, toothpicks, or other sharp objects.
- Turn the hearing aid off when not in use overnight. Open the battery door to allow any accumulated moisture to dry.
- Store in a safe place – preferably in the protective case provided by the dispenser. Always keep the battery compartment clean and dry. Do not store the hearing instruments with the battery inserted for an extended length of time. Remove the battery and store the hearing instrument in a dry place.
- Never use hair spray while hearing aids are being worn. Also, protect the hearing aid from perspiration, oils, etc. Do not expose a hearing instrument to excessive moisture, humidity, or steam.
- Do not wear a hearing instrument while bathing, showering, or swimming. Keep hearing instruments away from heat sources such as stoves, heat registers, hair dryers, or open flame. Keep them away from sunlight and do not use a blow dryer to dry them out.
- Handle hearing aids over a soft surface such as a pillow, towel, etc. (avoid dropping them on hard surfaces).
- Remove the hearing aid for MRI, CT scan, or other electromagnetic procedures.
- On BTE’s, avoid removing an earmold by the tubing. This will eventually stretch or loosen the tubing and result in feedback.