How to Prevent Costly Hearing Aid Repairs

Hearing aids need periodic cleaning and care to provide optimum benefit. It is very easy to forget that simple cleaning can go a long way toward minimizing problems; as long as they are working maintenance may seem unnecessary.

Periodic cleaning of the case, microphone covers, and ear mold will reduce build up of dirt, particles of skin, and debris. Build up will eventually adversely affect hearing aid performance resulting in muffled or no sound, static, or intermittent operation.

Specific steps to take are wiping the hearing aids with a clean dry cloth and gently brushing. Typically, a clean soft-bristled toothbrush will efficiently remove debris and ear wax that wiping with a soft cloth does not. Be sure to brush gently around the battery door opening, speaker outlet, and microphone covers. A daily routine is recommended.

In addition to following a cleaning regimen it is a good idea to have your hearing healthcare professional complete a thorough cleaning. Every 3-6 months a thorough cleaning can help the professional identify components in need of repair or replacement such as domes, ear molds, microphone covers, and speaker filters. These items must be maintained in top condition to ensure good sound quality and comfort of fit.

Gardner Audiology will be happy to show you how to maintain your hearing aids and there are “How to” videos on our website. In addition, there is a variety of information and blogs regarding hearing healthcare. Visit how to videos.

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