Hearing Aid Hygiene
In the light of recent events, our team at Hearing Aid Labs South Africa feel that it’s a good idea to put a spotlight on hearing aid hygiene as hearing aids can be carriers of bacteria, germs and even viruses if not cleaned effectively.
Keeping your hearing aids clean will also ensure the longevity of your devices and that they perform correctly, saving you money on replacements and repairs.
One of the best ways to keep your hearing aids clean is to keep your ears clean. There are many theories as how best to keep your ear cleans, but most experts agree that using the end of a warm face cloth each time you wash, and gently cleaning the inside of your ear is a good way to go about it.
Clean, Dry Hands
When handling your hearing aids, your hands should always be properly washed and dried before touching them. You should also avoid bringing your hearing aids into contact with makeup or hair products as these items can cause damage to your devices.
Keep Away From Children and Pets
Children and pets are very often carriers are germs and diseases, so avoid allowing children or pets to have any contact with your hearing aids. Essentially, it should only be you and your specialist that ever handle your hearing aids,
Brush Away Dust
Using a specialised brush to brush away dirt and dust that may build up on your hearing aid. The brush should have very fine and soft bristles as not to damage your device. For effective performance, don’t forget to brush the vents too.
Once you’ve brushed the dust off of your hearing aids, it’s a good idea to use antibacterial wipes to remove them of remaining dirt and bacteria. Remember that hearing aids spend a lot of time in a damp, humid environment- the perfect place for bacteria to flourish.
Store in A Dry Place
To avoid a further build-up of bacteria, ensure that you store your hearing aids in a safe, dry area. This will also save you from paying for repairs as dampness and humidity are some of the most common causes for malfunctioning in hearing aid devices.
If you ever need any further advice when it comes to hearing aids, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Hearing Aid Labs South Africa. We also offer free hearing aid screenings!