Hearing Aid Care
Hearing aid maintenance is key.
Avoid moisture damage.
When it comes to hearing aid care, the most important thing to keep in mind is that your hearing aid should not get wet. Like any other electronic device, a hearing aid can become damaged by moisture. The notable exception is the Siemens Aquaris™, which is not just water-resistant, but waterproof up to about three feet deep.
It’s only human to sweat or cry.
Life is unpredictable. You never know when you will be caught in a downpour or cry for joy. Since hearing aids are worn on your body moisture cannot be completely avoided. Special cleaning and drying systems are available to prevent damage to your hearing aids, including drying containers, drying capsules, drying cushions, and cleansing wipes. In addition, Siemens eCharger™ has a drying function for rechargeable hearing aids. Place your hearing aids in the eCharger overnight and it does the rest
For behind-the-ear (BTE) and receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids, don’t forget to open the battery door.
Put your hearing aids in their drying container before you go to sleep. Remember to open the battery door before placing them in the drying container so moisture can escape easily. If you are using rechargeable hearing aids then the eCharger will dry them while they are charging.
How to clean a hearing aid.
Over time your hearing aids will collect dirt and become filthy. Cleaning them ensures proper function and preserves them for long-term use. If your hearing aids are dirty, clean them with a cleansing wipe. For BTE hearing aids and RIC hearing aids your hearing care professional may also provide you with other cleaning tools to clear wax buildup from the earpieces.
How to clean in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids and earmolds.
Special cleaning systems are available for custom hearing aids and earmolds. Since there are no mechanical parts for earmolds, they can be cared for separately. A cleansing container and capsules are used to maintain your earmolds. Follow these steps for cleaning your earmolds:
- After filling the cleansing container with water and a cleansing capsule, place the earmolds in the liquid for about 15-20 minutes. If they are very dirty, leave the earmolds in the liquid overnight.
- Remove the earmolds and rinse them thoroughly with water.
- Dry them with a clean towel to remove moisture.
- Use the air blower to thoroughly blow out the drillings. The cleansing liquid must be completely cleared from the tube and the drillings.
- Attach the clean earmolds to your hearing aids.
- Repeat the same process every week or as needed.
Hearing care professionals provide instructions on care and maintenance of hearing aids that may also include an office visit to clean the earmolds using an ultrasound bath.