Dr. Clifford R. Olson Discusses how to clean and maintain a Receiver-In-The-Canal Hearing Aid. Don't forget your Dry aid Kit as well!
There are many different styles of hearing aids on the market right now, but all of them require some level of care, maintenance, and cleaning in order to keep them functioning properly. Even though there are a bunch of different manufacturers that make receiver-in-the-canal style hearing aids, it’s important to understand that they all have the same processes for cleaning and maintaining them.
Here, I’ll go through and show you the simple things that you can to preserve the cleanliness and longevity of your own hearing aids. For a visual demonstration, please refer to the video above this article.
NOTE: If your hearing center didn’t provide you with a cleaning kit when you purchased your instruments, be sure to purchase a hearing aid cleaning tool and replacement wax traps before starting this task. Within your new wax trap package, there should be a filter of some sort, as well as a prong or tool to extract the old filter.
Another thing that you should be doing as part of your regular maintenance plan for your hearing aids is using a Dri-Aid kit, which pulls the moisture away from your hearing devices. I like the ones that force air through the hearing aids, which generally get them drier than the ones that you just put in a container with silica beads (this doesn’t necessarily circulate any air).
However, if you’re not using anything, you should be using something. Prices can range anywhere from about ten dollars up to 150 depending on the caliber of Dri-Aid kit that you get. Even a ten-dollar kit is better, absolutely better, than nothing at all.
Another thing you should absolutely be doing in order to maintain the cleanliness and performance of your hearing aids is getting them professionally cleaned every three to six months.
If you’re the type of individual who produces a lot of earwax or you sweat a lot, consider doing this closer towards the three-month area. If you’re someone who generally has clean ear canals and doesn’t sweat a whole lot, you might be okay extending that all the way out to a six-month period of time.
Hands down, if you want to maintain the clarity of your hearing devices, and you want to get them to last as long as humanly possible, getting regular maintenance done by a hearing care professional is the absolute best way to do that.