Hearing aids are expensive and contain some very sensitive circuitry that should be taken great care of. Cleaning your hearing aid on a regular basis helps to ensure that it lasts as long as it possibly can. A dirty hearing aid can also cause ear infections, which is another good reason to clean it properly!
The process of cleaning a hearing aid varies from type to type because different types of hearing aids have different structures and different degrees of delicacy. You should consider certain precautions before attempting to clean your hearing aid. Make sure your hands are washed and dried, remember not to get the electronic parts wet, so be careful! It is advised that you use a soft, cotton cloth to clean the entire device, you can use cleaners, but try not to go overboard.
- Cleaning Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids: BTE aids are sufficiently big enough to hold in your hand while you're cleaning them. They consist of an ear mold (the casing that fits behind the ear) and tubing. Dirt can accumulate behind the ear especially if you're wearing something over there. When you take off the hearing aid at night, make sure to wipe it off with a dry cloth and examine it carefully to find any dried spots or earwax. BTE hearing aids can be washed occasionally using soap and water, however make sure not to soak them for too long. Also make sure you dry them completely before putting them back on.
- Cleaning In-The-Ear Hearing Aids: The procedure for cleaning ITE aids is almost the same as the procedure for cleaning other hearing aids. They are more sensitive and smaller than other aids, so you need to take extra care while cleaning them. Like BTE aids, you should inspect them daily after taking off at night to look for any dried earwax on them, especially on the area that goes directly into the canal. After looking for wax use a soft cloth to clean it. If there is earwax found on any of the parts, sometimes it can be quite stubborn, in this case you can use some hard material.
Many manufacturers provide necessary cleaning tools along with the device and instructions on how to clean them.
It's not very difficult to clean most hearing aids as long as you remember to take the necessary precautions. Hearing aids can also be taken care of by cleaning your ears and preventing any earwax accumulating in the first place. There are many ear cleaning products available out there, don't use dry cotton buds, try some wipes.
Other cleaning products are dri-aid, sanitized spray and ear cream. Dri-aid is a tool to keep your ears dry and so in theory they shouldn't have as much wax. Spray tools work like cleaning wipes in a way that ensures germ control for longer periods of time, these spray products are very effective and easy-to-use.
In addition to individual products, you can also purchase cleaning kits that are quite inexpensive when compared to the individual costs of all the tools combined. These kits also contain all the necessary tools that you will require.
Ear candling is a technique of ear cleaning in which a candle is made by folding a piece of paper like a tube. One end is ignited and the other is put into the ear to naturally remove wax and other dirt. Although the process is simple and totally natural, it's not always very effective. Furthermore, you need to take extra care and know exactly when to extinguish the flame, otherwise it can prove to be painful, for both the patient and the lighter of the candle! Therefore, it's highly recommended that you buy some form of sanitized spray along with some other tools to clean your ears on a regular basis.
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