Hidden Hearing Issue Advice on Cleaning a Hearing Aid

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have issued advice on cleaning hearing aids after an increase in enquiries.

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It is important to remove ear wax from both the hearing aid and ear regularly to ensure the hearing aid can work at its best.

Following an increase in enquiries, Hidden Hearing has decided to publish information about how to clean a hearing aid.

While hearing aids are durable, they need regular maintenance and looking after in order to perform at their optimum levels. Cleaning them ensures they remain in working order. Hidden Hearing explains how to clean a hearing aid effectively:

  •     Before cleaning a hearing aid, a towel should be put down to create a soft surface to clean over, this ensures that if you drop anything the impact will be small.
  •     It is important to remove ear wax from both the hearing aid and ear regularly to ensure the hearing aid can work at its best.
  •     For a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aid, the mould should be removed from the hearing aid and placed in lukewarm soapy water to clean, before being dried thoroughly afterwards – ensuring it is clear of water. It can be refit by pushing the tubing over a small piece of plastic that’s screwed into the aid itself.
  •     For In-the-Ear (ITE) models, they should only be cleaned with a gentle wiping of soft tissue and careful brushing with the supplied brush. Wax build up can be removed from the hearing system using a cleaning loop and Hidden Hearing wax spray remover.
  •     For an ITE hearing aid, water and solvent should never be used to clean the device. For both ITE and BTE models, it is important to never use pins or needles to remove wax from the device.

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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