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Hearing Aid Tip Of The Month: Home Tools For Hearing Aid Maintenance

The proper maintenance and care for your hearing aids at home is vital to the lifespan of your hearing aids. While our audiologists are more than happy to assist you with your hearing aids, it is important to have the right tools to perform basic hearing aid maintenance at home.

Hearing Aid Brush With Magnet

A basic hearing aid maintenance tool is the hearing aid brush with a magnet embedded in one end. You will want to use the brush as it will gently remove earwax and any other debris without creating a smear. If you use a cloth and smear earwax over the microphone of your hearing aid, you may need our audiologists’ help in clearing out the obstruction. Try to only use a cloth on the casing of your hearing aids.

On most brush-magnet hearing aid tool combos, the magnet is located on the opposite end of the brush bristles. This tiny magnet is there to help you to easily remove your hearing aid batteries as they can become stuck due to earwax or corrosion. You will want to remove the batteries from their casing daily to clean the inside of the battery door.

Be sure to clean your hearing aids in the morning after a night of your hearing aids resting in their case. This will make the wax drier and easier for you to remove.

Vent Cleaning Tool

There are several small openings all over hearing aids which can become clogged with earwax and other debris, so you will need to use a vent cleaning tool to dislodge the debris. You should not use the vent cleaning tool on the microphone or receiver port areas, as the can be easily punctured by this tool.

As you clean each vent, be sure that the vent you are cleaning is positioned so it points toward the floor. That way, should you dislodge some debris, they will fall out rather than fall further into the hearing aid.

Hearing Aid Picks

These wax removal hearing aid picks have one job — remove wax from your hearing aid receiver. It is shaped so it can be fitted safely around the mouth of the hearing aid receiver but not puncture the soft silicone. You will want to use the hearing aid pick daily to clean out your receiver. If wax builds up, it may become lodged in your hearing aids’ tubing and require you to replace the tubing. If you have in-the-ear hearing aids, allowing the wax to build up can damage your hearing aids. So, be sure to be diligent in cleaning your hearing aid receiver with a hearing aid pick.

Battery Door Opener

It often can be difficult to pry the battery doors open on hearing aids. They are usually small and low profile so they don’t catch on things. However, those slimming effects added to daily earwax buildup can make the battery doors incredibly difficult to open. The battery door opener tool will not only allow you to change batteries more easily, but you can also access the battery area to be able to clean that section more easily.

Also, to extend the life of your hearing aid batteries, you will need to leave the battery doors open after you take your hearing aids out for the night. Your hearing aids need oxygen to operate properly, which they do not receive much of when closed up.

Even when performing the best possible hearing aid maintenance, sometimes you just need an extra hand. If you need help with your hearing aids or anything else related to hearing and balance, contact us today for an appointment to meet with one of our audiologists.

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