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CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF HEARING AID INSTRUMENTS

USEFUL TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR HEARING INSTRUMENTS

Modern hearing instruments are durable, easy-to use and reliable. Nevertheless, a few simple precautions will ensure that your instruments continue to give you many years of trouble-free service.

  1. Avoid getting your hearing instruments dirty.  Always make sure your fingers are dry and clean before handling your hearing instruments. The microphone inlet is only a few tenths of a millimeter (1/16 to 1/8 inch) wide and can become blocked easily.

  2. Avoid sharp knocks and impact.  Insert and remove your hearing instruments over a soft surface (a bed or sofa).

  3. Protect your hearing instruments from heat.  Never leave your hearing instruments where they may be affected by extreme heat. Protect them from direct sunlight (at home and in a parked car) and do not leave them near radiators.

  4. Protect your instruments from dampness.  Remove instruments from your ears before showering, bathing or swimming. Do not leave them in the bathroom where they could suffer water damage. Dry any perspiration inside and around the ears regularly. Dampness and condensation can damage the circuitry in your hearing instruments. We recommend that you leave the battery compartments open overnight and use the special drying kit available from your hearingcare professional.

  5. Keep your hearing instruments out of the reach of children and pets.  Dogs are irritated by the feedback (whistling) sound and attracted by the owner’s scent. Often the result is a chewed up hearing instrument. The hearing instrument battery can be dangerous if swallowed. Consult a medical professional immediately if the battery is accidentally ingested.

  6. Avoid contact with make-up or hair spray.  The fine particles produced by make-up or hair spray can easily block a microphone inlet. Always remove hearing instruments before using such products.

  7. Clean your instruments carefully.  Clean your instruments using a soft, dry cloth. Alcohol, solvents and cleaning fluids can damage electronic circuitry.

  8. Ear hygiene.  Always make sure that the ear is clean. If your instrument sounds weak, it may be due to the sound outlet or the cerumen filter being blocked with wax or dirt. You can obtain special cleaning products from your hearingcare professional.

  9. Keep your instruments in a safe place.  When your instruments are not in use, always keep them in the presentation case or in a special drying box. Remove the batteries if the instruments will not be used for some time.

  10. Always have repairs carried out by a specialist.  Screwdrivers and oil can be fatal for hearing instruments. Merely touching the electronics or micro-mechanics can lead to irreparable damage. See your hearingcare professional for service of your hearing instrument.

CLEANING AND CARE OF YOUR IN-THE-EAR HEARING INSTRUMENTS

  1. Your hearingcare professional will give you specific information on cleaning your hearing instruments and may recommend a special cleaning kit.

  2. Water and solvent cleaning agents can damage electronic circuitry. Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the instruments whenever they are removed from your ears.

  3. Remove any accumulated cerumen daily. When using a cerumen removal tool, e.g. a brush, always clean the instrument from below. This will prevent particles of wax or dirt from getting inside the instrument.

  4. If your instrument sounds weak, it may be the result of the sound outlet or the cerumen filter being blocked with cerumen. Either replace the filter or ask your hearingcare professional for advice.

Note: In-the-Ear hearing instruments are particularly susceptible to damage caused by ear wax, moisture or dirt. This is because the electronics are integrated into the shell.

CLEANING AND CARE OF YOUR BEHIND-THE-EAR HEARING INSTRUMENT

Clean the earmold daily. Wipe it with a soft, dry cloth and always check the opening of the earmold to be sure it is not clogged with earwax. A clogged opening will prevent sound from reaching your ear. About once per week you should wash the earmold.

Consult your hearingcare professional if …

          ►  The earmold causes pain or discomfort
         
►  Earwax cannot be cleared from the earmold
         
►  The tubing becomes yellow or brittle
         
►  The hearing instrument whistles making it impossible to set the correct volume
 
 

 
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