Do Hearing Aids Need to be Professionally Cleaned?

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Hearing aids have come a long way since the use the ear horn. Today’s tiny devices are technological marvels that enable millions of people to carry on conversations, go to the movies, and listen to the laughter of their children and grandchildren again. If you’re rejoicing in hearing the world more clearly again, don’t risk DIY cleaning that may interfere with this newfound freedom.

Here at Marlowe & Marrs Ear, Nose & Throat — Center for Hearing, we offer the latest state-of-the-art hearing aids, allowing our patients in Sarasota, Florida, to plug back into the world around them. In order not to jeopardize the return of this all-important sense, you’d do well to protect these small devices through regular professional cleaning.

Hearing Aids 101

Hearing aids are wonderful tools that stop the isolation that can come with hearing loss. To do this, they rely on three main features:

Through computerized technology, your microphone picks up sound and converts it into signals that it sends to the amplifier. The amplifier boosts these signals and sends them through the speaker, allowing you to hear better.

There are many different types of hearing aids, including both analog and digital versions. Some hearing aids fit around the backs of your ears, while we implant others directly into your ears.

No matter which style or version of hearing aid you choose, the bottom line is that even our most basic models come with a fair amount of technology, and you’d do well not to do anything that might interfere with their function — primarily trying to deep-clean them yourself.

The clean up

When we first give you your hearing aids, we go over the instructions for at-home care very thoroughly (and you can always call us if you have any questions). We do recommend that you provide some basic care on your own, with the right tools. There are special cleaning kits designed solely for hearing aids that work to get rid of sweat, earwax, and other debris that inevitably builds up in hearing aids.

We recommend that you use only these products and resist the temptation to freelance with whatever’s at hand in your bathroom. Just as contact lenses require specialized cleaners, so, too, do hearing aids. If you use other products, you run the risk of destroying some fairly expensive equipment.

While at-home care is important, even more important are your regular cleanings with us, every three to six months, depending on which devices you’re using. Our team of experts meticulously cleans every component and ensures that everything’s functioning properly.

In addition to this professional cleaning, our audiologists fine-tune the equipment to make sure that everything is calibrated to your specific needs. If your hearing aids need any tweaking, this is a great time for us to work this out.

In fact, you’ll soon find that these regular professional cleanings are paramount for safeguarding your newly regained hearing. While your device may not look dirty to the naked eye, you’d be surprised at how even the tiniest particles can affect the ability of your hearing aids to deliver great sound.

To schedule a professional cleaning for your hearing aids, please give us a call.

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