How to clean a Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) Hearing Aid – Applied Hearing Solutions

– Hi guys. Dr. Cliff Olson from
Applied Hearing Solutions, and in this video, I’m teaching you how to clean and maintain a
receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid. Coming up. (upbeat music) There are many different styles of hearing aids on the market right now, but all of them require some
level of care and maintenance and cleaning in order to keep
them functioning properly, and even though there’s a bunch
of different manufacturers that make receiver-in-the-canal
style hearing aids, it’s important to understand
that they all generally have the same processes
that you would go through in order to clean and maintain them. So what I want to do in this video is show you the simple
things that you can do from the comfort of your own home in order to preserve the
cleanliness and longevity of your own hearing aids. The first thing that we’ll do
is change out that wax trap. You may or may not
notice that it’s plugged, but for preventative reasons, we’ll want to make sure that we remove it and replace it with a new one. And that’s what this tool is for. So we’ll take the one end,
push it into the center, and pop out the old wax trap, and then we will flip it
over and push in the new one. And it should stay. I always give it a tap with my finger to make sure it’s on there all the way. The next thing that we’ll want to do is take a Kleenex and wipe
off the entire hearing aid. Once you have all the earwax and debris off of the hearing aid, we’re okay to start with the brushing. So we want to make sure that we brush over the microphone ports,
and there might be several on the hearing aid, depending on which model you’re working on. Get the rear microphone. And then most of these
devices have a push button. We want to make sure that we brush off around that push button. If any debris gets into
where that push button is, it will prevent that button from working. And same thing with the microphones. If we have any debris
over the microphones, we want to make sure that
we keep that out of there, otherwise it won’t actually
pick up sound to amplify. What we can also do is
open up the battery door, and brush out any debris that’s inside of the battery compartment. If too much debris builds up in there, the battery won’t make contact with the battery contacts, and the hearing aid won’t turn on. Lastly what we want to do is clean the dome, and when
we’re cleaning the dome, we can take an alcohol swab and make sure that we get
all the earwax off of it. If you don’t have an alcohol swab, you can also use a Kleenex for this. And then I always like to take either the wire tip of the cleaning tool and push it through the tip of the dome to make sure
there’s no wax in there, and we could even take the wire end here and stick it through to make
sure all the earwax is out. You can also just replace
these domes altogether if you need to. And then we’re gonna push
it right back over the top. Now another thing that you should be doing as part of your regular maintenance plan for your hearing aids, is using
some form of a Dri-Aid kit. Some kind of kit that
can pull the moisture away from your hearing devices. I tend to like the ones
that force air through the hearing aids, which
generally get them drier than ones that you just put in a container and has some silica beads in there, but doesn’t necessarily circulate any air. That being said, if
you’re not using anything, you should be using something, and the price can range
anywhere from about ten dollars up to 150
depending on the caliber of Dri-Aid kit that you get, but even a ten dollar one is better, absolutely better, than nothing at all. That being said, another thing you should absolutely be doing in order to maintain the cleanliness and performance
of your hearing aids is getting them professionally cleaned every three to six months. If you’re the type of individual who produces a lot of
earwax or you sweat a lot, it’s definitely something you should do closer towards the three month area, and if you’re someone who generally has clean ear canals,
doesn’t sweat a whole lot, you might be okay extending
that all the way out to a six month period of time. But hands down, if you want
to maintain the clarity of your hearing devices,
and you want to get them to last as long as humanly possible, getting regular maintenance done by a hearing care professional is the absolute best way to do that. That’s it for this video. If you have any questions,
please feel free to leave them in the
comment section below. If you liked the video, please feel free to give it a thumbs
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