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      How to spring clean your hearing aids

      Spring is in the air, so what better time to spring clean your hearing aids? Looking after them means you’ll hear more clearly and reduce the risk of infection. Here’s a round-up of our top 10 accessories to keep your hearing aids in tip-top condition.

      By: Sally Bromham | 10 April 2019
      Warm weather and outdoor activities can increase condensation and moisture in your hearing aids and stop them from working properly. However, by using a few handy tools and simple techniques, you can keep them good shape. Plus, they’ll last longer, saving you money and unnecessary audiologist visits.

      Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to give your hearing aids a spring clean. Follow our spring cleaning tips on a regular basis and you’ll minimise the risk of infection and get the most from your hearing aids all year long.

      Spring cleaning tip

      1. Check the tubing and battery compartments to see if there are any water droplets inside. Use a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier to remove moisture and condensation from your hearing aids and prevent bacteria growth that causes itchy ears.
      2. Clean your hearing aids at least once a week, ideally every day. Ear wax can cause the earmoulds and tubing on your hearing aids to split or break if you don’t clean them regularly. There are some great cleaning products, tools and maintenance kits available to remove ear wax, dust and debris from your hearing aids. As a result you’ll hear more clearly and reduce the risk of infection.
      3. Replace your hearing aid tubing every three to six months. This helps to avoid damage or blockages that can reduce the sound quality and cause a high-pitched whistling sound.
      4.  Check the power of your hearing aid batteries with a battery tester. When your batteries run out, you should change them quickly to prevent any corrosion or rust build-up. This will help you to hear loud and clear. 

      Hearing aids factsheet

      Our Adjusting to your hearing aids factsheet explains how you can look after your hearing aids and get the most out of them – whether you’re new to hearing aids or have been using them for a while.

      Our top 10 hearing aid accessories

      Here are our top 10 products to help you spring clean your hearing aids and look after them all year long.

      Mini Travel hearing aid dryer

      Hearing aid drying box

      This portable drying box for hearing aids and cochlear implants is perfect for when you’re on the move and need to remove moisture and eliminate germs from your hearing aids. It’s supplied with a zipped carry pouch for easy transportation.

      • Room for two hearing aids
      • Four-hour drying process removes moisture from hearing aids
      • UV light removes 99.9% of bacteria
      • Easy-use, single-button operation.

      MORE INFORMATION

      Hearing aid cleaner multi tool

      H112 Hearing aid cleaner

      This five-in-one toolset helps you to clean and maintain your hearing aids more easily. It's small and convenient and contains a brush, pick, tube/vent cleaner, battery door opener and magnet for removing the batteries.

      • brush to clear away dust and dirt
      • pick to dislodge wax from hard-to-reach areas
      • tube/vent cleaner for the fiddly job of cleaning inside the tubing
      • battery door opener and magnet to make changing the batteries easier.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Phonak hearing aid maintenance pack one

      Hearing aid maintenance pack

      Taking good care of hearing aids means they’ll last longer – saving money and reducing the number of trips to the audiologist. Plus, with fewer blockages, the sound will stay loud and clear. This great-value pack is ideal for anyone with behind-the-ear aids.

      • Air blower to remove moisture from ear mould and tubing
      • Dehumidifier and drying capsules to prevent damaging moisture build-up
      • Precision brush, wire loop tool and vent cleaner to keep hearing aids clean and safe
      • Cleansing spray and wipes to avoid itchy ears by killing off bacteria.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Amplicomms DB200+ hearing aid dryer

      DB200 plus hearing aid drying box open

      This hearing aid drying box is designed to remove moisture and condensation from hearing aids and cochlear implants. It provides a combination of gentle heat to dry excess moisture and UV light to help reduce bacterial growth.

      • Three settings: low humidity (two hours), normal humidity (four hours), high humidity (eight hours)
      • Four UV lights remove 99.9% of bacteria
      • Environmentally friendly – no need for chemicals
      • Built-in hearing aid battery tester.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Hearing aid dehumidifier

      Hearing aid dehumidifier

      A simple, effective way to remove moisture from your hearing aids and keep them well maintained. Simply place your hearing aids in the container and, after eight hours, the dehumidifier will have removed any moisture from them.

      • Effective for six months before it needs replacing
      • Can fit two hearing aids
      • The pot can protect your hearing aids when not in use
      • Replacement capsules available.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Battery tester and magnet

      H176 Battery tester and magnet

      Check the charge on your hearing aid batteries at home, work or on the go with this battery tester and magnet. This essential kit includes a battery tester key ring and magnetic pen to help remove fiddly batteries. It’s a compact size to fit in a pocket or handbag.

      • Easy-to-read display
      • Simple and quick results: tick = good, X = bad
      • Compartment to store two additional batteries
      • 2 x LR44 batteries included.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Hearing aid cleaning toolset

      H126 Hearing aid cleaning tool setThis is a great-value, simple toolset to help clean and maintain your hearing aids. The toolset contains a brush, wire loop and vent cleaner.

      • Small, precision brush clears away dust and dirt
      • Wire loop tool is great for the fiddly job of cleaning inside the tubing
      • Vent cleaner to remove dust and dirt that can cause your hearing aids to whistle.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Phonak hearing aid air blower

      H125 Hearing aid air blowerThis great-value air blower (often called a puffer) is perfect for removing moisture from the earmould and tubing of hearing aids. It helps prevent blockages which may affect the sound quality.

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      Hearing aid batteries

      Don’t forget to stock up on batteries during your spring clean. We’ve a range of batteries from major manufacturers, including Rayovac, Power One and Duracell, designed to fit hearing aids and hearing aid products of all shapes and sizes.

      MORE INFORMATION

      Tubing replacements

      It's important to replace your hearing aid tubing every three to six months. This helps to avoid damage or blockages that can reduce the sound quality and cause a high-pitched whistling sound. We stock a selection of hearing aid tubing.

      MORE INFORMATION 

      Find out more

      For full details about the featured hearing aid accessories, click the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above, or view our entire range here. You can also contact our expert Customer Services team who will advise on the most suitable accessories for you, or a loved one:

      Telephone 03330 144 525
      Textphone 03330 144 530
      Email solutions@hearingloss.org.uk
      Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

      We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.

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