Hearing aids come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Once you select the hearing aid that works best for your unique type and degree of hearing loss, it is important to keep the device working well.
Below is a breakdown of the different parts of your hearing aids and how to clean them.
Hearing Aid Parts
Hearing aids consist of four basic components: microphone, amplifier, receiver and power source.
The microphone picks up the sounds from your environment. The amplifier converts those sounds into electrical signals, altering them to meet your hearing needs. The receiver delivers the newly amplified sounds to your ear; this part is also known as the speaker. And the power source, usually in the form of a traditional or rechargeable battery, allows the device to run.
Practicing proper hearing aid maintenance including cleaning will help prevent costly hearing aid repairs and will ensure you continue being connected to the outside world.
You can break your cleaning regimen down by the three main parts of your hearing aid that require regular care:
Cleaning the Shell of Your Hearing Aid
The outer surface of your hearing aid that safely houses all the complex internal components is known as the shell. Earwax and debris can stick to the shell and affect the comfort and fit of the device.
To properly clean the shell of your hearing aid:
- Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away any earwax buildup.
- Never use chemical cleaners that are specifically designed for use on hearing aids.
- Use a brush to remove dried on earwax.
Cleaning the Microphone of Your Hearing Aid
This delicate component of your hearing aid needs to be treated with care. When cleaning the microphone remember to:
- Never poke anything into the port.
- Clean the hearing aid with the port facing the floor to ensure any loose debris falls out of the device rather than deeper into it.
- Use a brush to sweep away any debris.
Cleaning the Receiver of Your Hearing Aid
A clogged receiver is the second most common cause for hearing aid trouble, behind only a dead battery. Tips for properly cleaning the receiver include:
- Use a wax pick or wire loop to remove excess earwax. These tools can be purchased at PDX ENT or a pharmacy such as Brooklyn Pharmacy.
- Never use too much force when cleaning out the receiver.
- Don’t forget to clean or replace your wax guard.
To learn more about how to properly clean your hearing aid or to schedule an appointment with an expert, contact PDX ENT today.