Cleaning Your Hearing Devices

Hearing devices are sophisticated instruments subject to a variety of extreme conditions on a daily basis – moisture, heat, earwax, dirt and other debris.

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To keep them in optimal working order and extend their lifespan, you’ll need to have them cleaned and checked on a regular basis. This is especially important before going out of town for an extended period such as a long vacation or seasonal retreat. Nothing is more frustrating than being unable to hear properly during what is supposed to be a relaxing getaway, and trying to find service in an unfamiliar city can be frustrating. A little prevention now can bring peace of mind later.

There are steps you can take at home to care for your hearing devices and optimize their effectiveness, especially when you’ll be away from your audiology clinic.

  • Wash and dry your hands before you handle your hearing devices.

  • It’s important to clean your hearing devices over a soft surface (a folded towel, for example) to prevent damage if dropped.

  • Clean your hearing devices each day with a dry, soft cloth.

  • Do not use water, cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol, as they can damage your hearing devices.

  • Storage containers will help minimize moisture in your hearing devices and lengthen their life. Remove the batteries from your device before placing them in the containers.

  • Check for blockages on the microphone inlets and test your batteries frequently.

  • Perform listening checks with a listening tube to ensure your hearing devices sound clear, not weak or scratchy. If you notice any changes in quality, make an appointment with your audiology clinic.

  • Do not attempt to make any adjustments or repairs to your hearing device by yourself.

While these home steps can help, the best way to ensure your devices are working properly is to take them into an audiology clinic for a clean and check. This service costs a nominal fee, and will include a complete inspection of your hearing devices. The receivers, microphones, volume control buttons and battery doors will all be inspected and cleaned. Your hearing devices will also be tested to make sure they are performing to standards.

Don’t take a chance and assume your hearing devices will work properly while you’re out of town. Ask your audiologist about a clean and check today.

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!