Hearing Aid Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Hearing Aid Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Dirt, sweat and wax can affect the performance of your hearing aid.  Routine care and maintenance of your hearing aids will in most cases ensure proper function. Inspect your ear mold, dome and encased receiver for any evidence of moisture or debris. Clean the surfaces with a lint free cloth. Never use household cleaning agents or alcohol to clean your hearing aids. If your hearing aid requires extensive cleaning, consult with your audiologist for the proper procedures.

Wax guards and domes

Receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aids utilize either non-custom domes or receivers encased in custom shells. The maintenance schedule of your hearing aid will depend on the amount of wax your ear produces. Some people must change their wax guards monthly and others never need to change them. If your hearing aid goes dead, check to see if the battery is dead, or your wax guard is clogged. It is easiest to replace the battery first. If your hearing aid is still not functioning, then you will need to replace the wax guard. To replace it, simply remove the dome from the receiver, insert the removal hook into the clogged wax guard and pull to remove it. Flip the tool around so that the new wax guard is in position to be inserted. Insert it into the opening of the receiver and pull to remove the tool. Replace the dome.

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