Wax buildup is one of the main causes for hearing aids not working as well as they should, because wax clogs up the sound outlet or
the ventilation opening, resulting in weak, distorted sound, or no sound.
So, as a general rule, clean your hearing aids each day with a soft dry cloth. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your aids. Don’t use water, cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol, as these could damage your hearing aids. Use the multi tool if you have received one. MultiTool brushes can be purchased from your hearing care professional if you don’t have one or you have run out.
Schedule a visit with your audiologist at least once every 6 months to a year, for a thorough cleaning and check-up. If you have problems with wax buildup, you may need to schedule professional cleanings more often.
Last week I talked about in-ear hearing aids, but if you you have a behind the ear hearing aid or a BTE, do these things to clean it:
1. Gently brush the hearing aid clean.
2. Remove the ear-mould from the hook for cleaning.
3. Brush the ear-mould clean, then use the wax pick or wire loop to remove any stubborn debris.
4. Finally Wipe down the hearing aid and ear-mould gently with a soft cloth.
This will help you keep your investment working well for many years.
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More next week.