Your hearing aids are a big investment. It’s well worth taking a few minutes each day to clean them. Your ear canal produces earwax, which serves the purpose of protecting and lubricating your ear. But wax build-up is one of the main reasons why hearing aids need repairing. Wax clogs up the sound outlet and the ventilation opening, resulting in weak, distorted sound or absence of sound.
Most hearing aids come with a filter to stop wax from getting into the hearing aid. Check that wax filter and replace it if necessary. Your audiologist can tell you about the specific wax protection system in your hearing aids.
To clean your hearing aid, make sure to hold it over a ]soft surface to avoid damage if you happen to drop it. Do not use water, cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol, as this could damage your hearing aids.
Locate your hearing aid brush then clean the ventilation outlet by pressing the brush through the hole while twisting it slightly.
To clean the sound outlet, carefully brush away visible signs of dirt from the openings while twisting the brush. I recommend you google “how to clean your hearing aids” to get further information on how to do this.
If you need a new brush, your audiologist will have these.
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