A hearing aid needs to be cleaned on a daily basis at home, in addition to a professional cleaning every four months or so. You could end up with earwax, dirt and other particles trapped inside of the delicate parts that make up your hearing aid. The trapped particles will end up destroying the screens that the manufacturers place into the hearing aid to help protect them. When there is dirt or debris getting inside of your hearing aid it will slowly start to malfunction until it stops working completely. Doing your part to make sure that your hearing aid is clean will help restore it back to its original function. However, if your hearing aid is one of the older models, it may need to be repaired by a professional.
Begin cleaning your hearing aid by starting with the outside of the unit. Use the tools that were originally given to you by the manufacturer. If you are not able to locate those tools, a toothbrush and a small sewing needle will work just as well.
The end of your hearing aid that fits inside of your ear is where you need to look for the small openings. These are the part of your receiver where sound usually comes out. Use the toothbrush g over these openings very carefully. Make sure that you are holding the openings downward to allow any dirt and debris to fall out of the unit and toward your floor.
Turn the aid over and proceed to brush at the other side in a gentle motion to allow any debris to go away from the unit. Flip the unit over again to where you are able to see the part that would normally go inside of your ear. Using the sewing needle pick at any of the debris that you can see inside of the holes in the receiver. The receiver itself sits about a quarter of an inch inside of the hole on the receiver. Make sure that you are not pushing down onto the receiver. Try to limit your depth to less than a quarter of an inch down. Face the receiver downwards toward the floor and continue brushing at the unit.
Replace the battery in your unit to see if there is any sound coming out of it. New batteries will only last for about one to two weeks, even if the hearing aid is not in use.
Take the sewing needle and place it in a small amount of rubbing alcohol before you use it to clean any of the holes in your receiver. Very minuscule amounts of rubbing alcohol will help to dissolve any wax that has built-up on the unit. This will help to restore the receiver in the unit.
Take your unit into a professional to have it cleaned. You may need an appointment to have this service performed, but in most cases it will not cost you a penny. A local clinic may be able to offer you a cleaning in their office, provided that they sell the same brand of hearing aids.
Try going to your local healthcare provider to have them take a look at the unit. If your device is still under warranty, trying to repair the unit at home is only going to void out your warranty and leave you with a hefty bill. Any time you can have repair or restoration performed for free, you need to take advantage of the service.
Have your aids microphone and receiver replaced. This is going to need to be done by a professional. The local clinics will be able to offer repair for your unit. However, a lot of the manufacturers will offer a mail-in service that you can take advantage of online. Depending on the unit it may cost anywhere from $100 up to $300 for each hearing aid. On a hearing device that has been repaired, you will normally receive a six month to one year warranty to cover you in the event that something was to go wrong down the road.
Austin Hearing Services was founded in 1999 by Margaret Hutchison. Dr. Hutchison has been an audiologist since 1983. She has done both clinical and research work. Margaret was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996.