Hearing aids are not waterproof. Avoid moisture and water while wearing hearing aids. Do not wear hearing aids in the bath or shower and remove before swimming.
In wet and rainy conditions take care to keep the hearing aids dry. Also avoid wearing hearing aids during strenuous activity or in hot weather as perspiration may cause damage.
Keep the hearing aids away from animals and pets to avoid them being chewed.
If battery contacts become damp, they can be dried with cotton buds.
Avoid excessive hot and cold temperatures as these may damage the internal components of the hearing aid. Do not store your hearing aids in direct sunlight and avoid using a hairdryer when wearing a hearing aid.
The microphone is quite sensitive and can be damaged easily. It is recommended to avoid applying hairspray when wearing a hearing aid.
At night store the hearing aid with the battery door open in an airtight container with moisture absorbing crystals or a dry aid kit. This will keep the hearing aid dry and remove any moisture build up. DO NOT attempt to dry a hearing aid or ear mould in the oven or microwave. This can cause serious internal and external damage. Always allow hearing aids to dry away from direct sunlight and heat.
As hearing aids are not waterproof, they should be wiped with a soft dry cloth to clean. Do not submerge in water or spray with cleaning solution.
The earmould and tube can be washed however in warm soapy water once removed from the hearing aid. This should be done approximately once a week or whenever necessary.
Once washed, dry carefully with a soft cloth and blow out any moisture from the tubing with an air blower. Allow to dry overnight or place in a moisture absorbing container.
Inspect the microphone ports and remove any dirt that may have accumulated by wiping with a soft dry cloth.
When removing the hearing aid from the ear, the mould should be wiped clean with a tissue or cloth to remove any wax. The nib and vent of the mould should also be inspected for wax, and removed with a wax removal tool.
Some functional items that would be helpful to have in the event of any issues include:-
|Dry Aid Kit
A dry aid kit can be used to remove the moisture from a hearing aid.
Air pufferThe air puffer removes the moisture out of the tubing of the ear mould.
|Auragel is a water-based lubricant that can assist with inserting a hearing aid mould or sealing an ear mould in the ear canal.||
A stethaclip is a listening device that can be placed over the top of a hearing aid to check if it is functioning - similar to a stethoscope a doctor may use.
Thin line (for cleaning)
Information provided by Jason Fenton
BA (Linguistics), MClinAud, MAudSA.
Reproduced with permission.
14-Nov-2015 8:18 PM (AEST)