How often do you take your hearing aids to your provider because they aren't working, and they tell you it was just ear wax? The main enemy of hearing aid function has always been ear wax, even the most advanced hearing aids seem to falter to just a little making it's way into the receiver. In this article we will discuss the newest products to help keep your hearing aids working between check ups.
The one product that can go a long way to keeping your hearing aids working would be the hearing aid wipe. We recommend wiping down the entire hearing aid, including the domes, at least once a week. This ensures that your devices stay wax free and oil free. Doing this once a week can ensure you don't have to make an emergency visit to your provider for repair, and may elongate the life of your devices.
The second best alternative to cleaning wipes would be a hearing aid cleaning spray. This can be used with a dry cloth to wipe down the entire hearing aid including the domes or ear molds. Using this will prevent ear wax build up on the domes, and skin oil on the hearing aids.
Ear Care Gel
This ear care gel has been a lifesaver for those who experience dry or itchy ears, especially when it comes to hearing aids. When first getting fit with new hearing aids the domes or molds being used can cause itching and irritation especially for first time users. Spreading the gel onto the domes or molds will help reduce irritation and even help with insertion into the ear canal.
Many of our clients have suffered from excessive ear wax production which can impede hearing aid function. We discovered this product years ago and it has been a game changer for those clients. This ear spray is meant to be used weekly (one spray each ear) for the purpose of preventing ear wax build up. This is the first preventative measure we have come across and has helped clients keep their hearing aids functioning between cleaning appointments.
Hearing Aid Dehumidifier
For those who sweat daily or weekly while wearing hearing aids, this electric dehumidifier is a must! Moisture is the number one enemy of the hearing aid and preventative measures must be taken to ensure the longest life possible from your investment. The dehumidifier will heat the devices up and cool them down while applying UV light to disinfect your devices.
It's always a good idea to have your hearing aids cleaned by a professional every 3-4 months. During this cleaning your provider should be doing the following things:
Replacing your domes
Wiping down your hearing aids
Changing your wax filters
Replacing your concha locks (tails)
Brushing & vacuuming your microphones
Dehumidifying your devices
Doing a listening check to ensure your hearing aids are functioning properly
Maintenance is very important and proper maintenance will ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids. If you or a loved one are looking for a provider to ensure proper hearing aid maintenance, we always offer quarterly cleanings at no charge.
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