Helpful tips for cleaning your hearing devices

Posted on April 2, 2014 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Aids

Helpful tips for cleaning your hearing devices

Apr 1st, 2014Your behind-the-ear hearing devices are incredible pieces of technology and an important investment in your overall happiness. To keep them operating at 100 percent, they require some simple maintenance.

Don’t worry, it’s easy! We’ll walk you through it.

Wipe down the shell

Remove the hearing mold from your device. Use a clean, dry cloth to gently wipe down the shell (your device’s exterior). You should never attempt to clean your hearing device with any type of liquid.

Replace the dome

To clean domes, you may wipe with peroxide and let dry. When replacing your dome, clear any wax away from the speaker with a cloth. You may also choose to purchase replacement domes, if you prefer.

Clean the mold (type with a speaker)

Molds with speakers or receivers are cleaned very differently from those without, so be sure you know which type you have. If you do not know, contact us for help.

Molds with speakers can be cleaned with a MultiTool, which you can pick up from your local Avada. Clean the mold regularly by brushing the ventilation area lightly with the MultiTool’s brush, twisting it lightly.

Clean the mold (type without a speaker)

Once the mold is removed from your device, use the brush to remove any wax from the sound outlet. Clean the ventilation opening with the brush. You can then wash your speakerless ear mold. Use lukewarm water and a mild soap, not strong detergents. Rinse well and dry. Never put your actual device under or near water. You can remove excess water from the tubing with a blower, a tool available at Avada.

Ensure your tubing is completely dry before re­-attaching to your hearing device. Also ensure your ear mold is attached to the correct device (left mold to the left device).

Wax preventatives

It’s no surprise that wax is one of the main causes for problems with hearing devices. Most devices have a filter to prevent buildup. Use your MultiTool daily to clean the wax away from your device. Your device’s filter will have unique instructions for replacement. If unsure, contact your local Avada for help.

Replace the damper

Certain devices may have a damper, or acoustic filter that shapes frequency response and prevents moisture from entering the hearing aid. Dampers are easily removed and replaced, and should be checked if the device has no sound or the output is reduced.

It’s a good idea to clean your device over a soft surface so that if you drop it, it will not break. These guidelines may not apply to all hearing devices. If you have questions about maintaining your hearing device, contact your local Avada.

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