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Maintaining Your Hearing Aid Investment

Now that you have purchased hearing aids, it is important to properly protect this health investment by correctly maintaining the instruments.

Weekly maintenance is all it takes to prevent unnecessary office visits and repairs. Follow these instructions below! It is really simple to do! How do I clean my hearing instrument? 1. Use a soft dry cloth to wipe down the outside of your aid. Never use water or soap to clean the aid. No unapproved liquids should come in contact with the aid. Should the aid get wet, place it immediately with the battery removed into a dehumidifier, desiccant, or bag of dry uncooked rice and allow to sit over night. 2. Use the wax pick or loop provided with your aids to remove any buildup of wax. This is the long loop-like plastic or wire tool. To remove wax, run the pick into the vent (the small opening running completely through the aid) to remove any wax or debris. Also gently pick wax from the sound opening. Be careful not to push too deeply, so that the speaker does not become dislodged or damaged. 3. Use a small clean brush to remove any debris. These are often provided with the aid and may be combined into one tool with the wax pick or loop on its opposite end. To use the brush, turn the aid upside down and brush the case of the aid in a downward fashion. Holding the aid downward will prevent any debris from falling back into the aid.

Hearing Center of Broward 3170 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 208, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, 954-943-9020 5975 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33308, (954) 633-7374 4887 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33063, (954) 633-8630


4. Change the wax guard/stop. If your aid has a wax guard/stop, which is a small white cup located above the receiver, you need to change it approximately every two weeks to one month depending on the amount of wax you have. First remove the used guard/stop by inserting and twisting the empty end of the provided changing stick (usually black, blue, or gray in color) and gently pulling outward. Turn the new stick over and insert the new white cup into the receiver hole, twist, and gently pull the stick away. The white cup should remain in the receiver opening. A good cleaning can help prevent the need for frequent repair! Wax and moisture build-up are one of the largest causes for hearing instrument repair. Weekly maintenance will help keep your hearing aids clean and in good working order.

Hearing Center of Broward 3170 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 208, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, 954-943-9020 5975 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33308, (954) 633-7374 4887 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33063, (954) 633-8630


Maintaining Your Hearing Aid Investment