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The hearing aid is a sensitive device that requires proper cleaning and upkeep for optimal performance. The buildup of moisture, earwax, dust, bacteria, or other particulates can lead to problems with sound reception, sound transmittal, and sound processing, along with health issues for the user of the hearing aid. If moisture or other particles penetrate inside the casing of the hearing aid in sufficient quantities, it can lead to total instrument breakdown.

Hearing aid cleaning kits are available from both hearing aid manufacturers and other suppliers. Additionally, cleaning implements can be purchased individually. These may include: air blowers to flush dust and particulates from the surface of the casing; disinfectants to keep the hearing aid clean of bacterial build-up; wax removal tools to enable the effective clearing of earwax from the device; ear mold lubricants to ease the insertion and removal of ITC, CIC, and IIC hearing aids; dryers and dehumidifiers to evaporate moisture from both the outside and inside of the casing; and specialized cleaning fluids that are safe to use with hearing aid electronics.

Consumers should avoid using cleaning agents, alcohols, and solvents that are not specially formulated for use with hearing aids as these can break down the sensitive electronics inside the instrument. Similarly, care should be exercised when using hair sprays to avoid getting any of the liquid on the hearing aids.

An appropriate time to perform cleaning and upkeep is at night when the instrument is removed from the user’s ears. The hearing aid or aids should be wiped down with a dry, soft cloth and inspected for any visible signs of external substance build up. A specialized brush can be used to remove particles that are not reachable from the outside.

In addition to regular cleaning, consumers must be careful not to expose their hearing aids to elements which may be damaging. Water can ruin hearing aids, so the instruments should be removed prior to showering, bathing, or swimming. Hearing aids should not be placed in direct heat, such as in sunlight or near a fireplace. Putting a hearing aid in a microwave or an oven in order to dry it, no matter for how short a period of time, will most likely damage the device. Instead, consumers should use specialized hearing aid dryers and dehumidifiers manufactured specifically for this purpose.

Consumers must also be careful not to drop their hearing aids, as this can damage the sensitive electronic components inside. It may be advisable to sit on a bed, place a pillow in one’s lap, or place a soft towel over a table top when inserting or removing hearing aids. This way, if an instrument should inadvertently drop from the ear or the hand, it will land on a soft surface, reducing the chance of damage.
It may be sensible to remove hearing aids when exercising, particularly for individuals who tend to work up a heavy sweat. Alternatively, some consumers use old or inexpensive hearing aids during their trips to the fitness center in order to avoid damaging the more expensive models that they use throughout the day.

Hearing aids should be stored inside a drying kit or specialized holders that are then placed well away from both children and pets. An animal can damage the device irreparably, while a child may try to swallow the device or push it into an orifice, which will not only damage the device, but, far more importantly, endanger the child’s life.

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