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Why Should You Get Your Hearing Aid Cleaned By A Professional

Why Should You Get Your Hearing Aid Cleaned By A Professional - Hearing, Balance and Speech Center

A hearing aid is an investment that can change your life. To ensure the longevity of your device, proper maintenance and care goes a long way.

At least a portion of a hearing aid sits inside the wearer’s ear. Therefore it’s only natural that sweat and earwax will accumulate. Sometimes the build up is evident when looking at your hearing aid. While daily maintenance and light home cleaning are an important step in taking care of your hearing investment, for deeper cleans, we recommend getting your hearing cleaned by a professional. Hearing aids contain a lot of tech in a small device, and improper cleaning or handling can easily damage them.

Why Is Cleaning Your Hearing Aid Important?

Your hearing aid device is a delicate piece of technology, with an essential role in your life. Dirt, oil, wax and moisture (such as sweat) can build up and get compacted into the workings, causing a muffling of sound quality. Bacteria can also start to breed in this environment. Gentle daily cleaning and routined deeper cleans will prevent sound loss and reduce any risks of infection.

How often your device will need a deeper clean depends upon many things - the type of device, how active you are and how quickly your ear wax builds up. Most wearers will book in a deep clean every 3-6 months, but some book in annually. We’d be happy to discuss the cleaning schedule that is right for your lifestyle.

Why Go To A Professional?

You may be asking what the difference is between a professional clean versus your at-home cleaning sessions. Here are a few reasons you need to get your hearing aid cleaned by a professional:

  • A professional has specialized tools and skills to completely remove any moisture and debris from the outer housing, any tubing and the inner workings without any damage.
  • It’s possible for dirt and moisture to get compacted or trapped in hard to reach places that only a professional will be able to remove. Please be aware that improper or rough techniques can damage the microphones, receivers or circuitry.
  • They can advise you of good maintenance techniques.
  • They will inspect for damage, good working order and advise about any repairs.
  • You will most likely notice an improvement in the quality of sound after a professional cleaning.

Daily maintenance will keep your device clean and dry. But alongside a regular check up for your ears, don’t forget to schedule in a regular clean for your hearing aid device. If you would like to arrange either or to discuss further please call 1-800-HEAR-IT-1 or book a consultation with us today.

Research / Sources

  1. https://michelshearing.com/2018/05/07/why-should-you-get-your-hearing-aids-professionally-cleaned/
  2. https://customhearing.net/blog/why-a-professional-should-clean-your-hearing-aid/
  3. https://www.hearingaidexpress.com/2018/10/cleaning-hearing-aids/