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HEARING AID MAINTENANCE

Hearing aids require regular maintenance and cleaning to perform at heir best. We recommend that our clients learn the basics for maintaining their hearing aids, and come to our HearCANADA clinics for the occasional clean and check.
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Introduction

Dos and Don'ts of Hearing Aid Care

Hearing aids are small electronic devices made up of even smaller parts. It is important to do regular maintenance to help reduce the number of repairs and increase the lifespan of your devices.

Watch the videos and follow the instructions on how to perform maintenance on your hearing aids. Specific instructions may vary depending on the exact model. Consult your user instructions if in doubt.

Do's

  • Store hearing aids in a cool, dry place
  • Wash hands before handling to prevent contamination
  • Check and replace non-rechargeable batteries early

Don'ts

  • Avoid wearing hearing aids in the shower or while swimming to prevent water damage
  • Refrain from using hair products like hair dryer or spray with hearing devices on
  • Keep hearing aids away from direct sunlight, cars, or heating units when storing
Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Optimal Care: Daily Cleaning Tips for Your Hearing Aids

Regardless of the style of hearing aid, you can always use a soft, dry cloth to polish the external speaker units. It is best to do this every night to keep your hearing devices in good working condition and to let them air out overnight.

Do not clean with disinfectant wipes unless the packaging states that they have been approved for use with a hearing aid.

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Hearing Aid Cleaning Tools

Optimal Care: Daily Cleaning Tips for Your Hearing Aids

To help with the cleaning of your hearing aids, there are some tools that you can use to make the process easier. These are specially made tools that were designed to clean the tiny parts and components of hearing aids safely and effectively, so as not to cause any damage while cleaning them more thoroughly.

They can help make the regular cleaning and maintenance tasks much quicker and easier. If you have any questions about what tools to use, you can always talk with your clinician.

Hearing aid cleaning brush

HEARING AID CLEANING BRUSH

The soft brush tip end cleans the body, faceplate or sound port of a hearing device. Some brushes have a magnetic battery removal tool to ease daily cleaning of aids.
Hearing aid wax pick

WAX PICK OR WIRE LOOP

This tool is designed to help remove wax and other debris safely and more thoroughly from hearing aid nooks and holes, which can be difficult to reach with non-specialized tools.
Hearing aid cleaning multi tool

MULTI-TOOL

Hearing aid multi-tools serve as all-in-one tools, which gives them extra versatility. They contain both a brush and a wax loop for thorough cleaning, rather than having separate tools.
Hearing aid mainenance ventillation cleaner

VENTILATION CLEANER

The ventilation cleaner is used to remove moisture and earwax from the vent that is present in most ITE, ITC & CIC models. It can help maintain better sound performance in your hearing aids by preventing blockages.
Hearing aid drying station

DRYING STATION

The drying station is an essential item for every hearing aid owner that wants to keep their devices lasting as long as possible. A hearing aid drying station keeps your devices moisture-free and also acts as a pocket-sized carrying case.
Hearing aid mainenance drying cloth

DRYING STATION

You can get special cloths to use with your hearing aids. They are soft and dry to absorb more moisture and clean away wax that is stuck to the surface of your hearing aids without damaging any components.
Replacing Batteries

Replacing hearing aid batteries

Hearing aid battery life varies based on device, usage, and battery size. When replacing batteries, ensure correct polarity to avoid issues with compartment closure. If resistance is felt. do not force it to prevent component breakage. Consider upgrading to newer models with rechargeable batteries to eliminate the need for replacements. Follow these basic instructions for changing batteries in your BTE or ITE hearing aids:
Changing Filters

How to Change Hearing Aid Filters and Wax Guards

The filters and wax guards in your hearing aids are components that you will need to replace every now and then. They are made to prevent earwax, moisture and debris from getting into the internal components of your hearing aids, That means they bear the brunt of the environmental damage as well as regular wear and tear for your hearing aids. They are cheap and simple components, and you can pick up replacement filters and wax guards from any hearing clinic. Here are some short videos with instructions on how to change them in your hearing aids.
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