At Krista Szalc, Audiology, PLLC, we understand that a hearing aid is a big purchase for many people and in order to keep your hearing aid running optimally, you need to take care of it. Cleaning your hearing aid can help prevent issues from moisture, wax buildup, and general wear and tear. This can help your hearing aid work better for longer periods of time in between any scheduled cleanings or adjustments from your audiologist. One of the most important parts to keep clean is the earbud, which is exposed to the most buildup.
Cleaning the earbud of your hearing aid is a relatively easy task to complete. Making it a regular habit will help remind you to clean it often and will prevent hearing aid performance issues due to earwax buildup. One way to remind yourself to clean your hearing aid regularly is to have a clean cloth by your bed or wherever you remove your hearing aid every night before you go to sleep. Keeping a clean microfiber cloth nearby means you can take your hearing aid out, wipe it down, and place it in a case easily without any excuses. For more thorough cleanings you should purchase a hearing aid cleaning kit which will include a wax pick and brush for you to use.
Using your hearing aid cleaning kit will help remove large amounts of earwax from the earbud, microphone, and receiver. When a build-up happens in these areas of the hearing aid you can experience compromised sound quality, additional feedback noises, and overall poor hearing aid performance. If you are new to your hearing aid, you should ask your audiologist to walk you through the steps of cleaning your hearing aid before you leave the office with the near hearing aid the first time. That way you know what pieces can be removed, how to clean each one, and how to put it back together the right way.
One additional piece of advice to helping you keep your hearing aid in prime condition is to never expose it to water, even when wiping it down or cleaning it. Any type of moisture can cause damage to your hearing device. So make sure to always use a dry cloth and dry brushes as water can easily damage the hearing aid.
For any questions about your hearing aid or to schedule a professional cleaning, contact the audiologist and hearing professionals at Krista Szalc, Audiology PLLC. We will gladly answer any questions you have about your hearing aid. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today!