So, you had your brand new In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid fitted and you are on your way to a happier hearing life. But what’s the best way to care for your new device?
It attracts moisture
Although your hearing aid has been chemically treated against attracting moisture, there are some forms that will need your intervention. We all sweat from everywhere, and our ears are no exception, so your hearing aid will be affected by perspiration. Further, natural moisture in the air around us can get inside, which could affect the chemicals if left undried.
A Dry and Store unit is an especially built device that does exactly what it says: it dries as it stores. These units contain what is known as a ‘Dri-Brik’, which absorbs moisture, and operates alongside an inbuilt fan. This combination works overnight, ensuring your hearing is aid is nice and dry for the next day.
Debris and build-up
As well as moisture, the environment also contains tiny particles of dust and debris that can find their way into your hearing aid. A natural bodily build-up of wax can also get into the sound openings and electronics.
To fix this issue, simply use a small, soft brush (such as a toothbrush) to gently wipe away any of this debris and leave all of the openings clear and clean. Wiping it down afterwards with a hearing aid sanitizer will provide a further layer of protection, but make sure that you use the sanitizer that your audiologist suggests. Anything containing alcohol can cause damage to your hearing aid.
Your hearing aid will come with inbuilt wax guards to provide further protection against everyday wax. These guards need replacing every 2-4 weeks.
What if it stops working?
Your hearing aid is a robust piece of equipment, but if it stops working, it is usually down to one of two things:
- The batteries may need replacing
- Check the wax guards by removing and brushing them. Debris can prevent sound from getting through.