Caring for Hearing Aids and Ear molds

At Hamza Foundation Academy for The Deaf, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the successful use of the hearing aids, ear molds and therefore invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about their use and how you can help your child.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are delicate electronic instruments that need attention to ensure good operation. Before you put the hearing aid on your child, you should give it a quick visual inspection and listening check. Here is a checklist you should follow every day.

Visual Inspection

  • If the hearing aid has switches and/or volume controls, check them to be sure that they are working.

  • Check the ear mold tubing for cracks, holes or twists.

  • Make sure the tubing fits snugly onto the hearing aid.

  • Make sure the ear mold opening is free of wax and moisture.

Listening Check

A parent, guardian or teachers must listen to the hearing aid every day before putting the hearing aid in the child’s ear. Listen for static or crackling sounds. By doing this daily check, you will notice right away if the hearing aid is not working properly. If you think that there is a problem, call your audiologist or hearing aid provider.

Cleaning Hearing Aids and Ear molds

To keep your child’s hearing aids and ear molds working well, you must keep them clean and store them safely.

Daily Care

  • Wipe off the ear mold with a soft tissue or cloth each time it is removed from the ear.

  • Check the opening for ear wax build-up.  If wax is present, gently remove it with a pipe cleaner or a tooth pick.

    Do not poke the ear mold with sharp objects.  Keeping the ear mold clean will usually prevent wax from building up.

  • Test the battery in the hearing aid (your audiologist or hearing aid provider will show you how, at your child’s first time fitting) and how to change it if it is low.

  • Wipe off the hearing aid to prevent dirt or moisture from building up.

  • Turn the hearing aid off and open the battery compartment when it is not in use.

  • Store the hearing aid in a dry, cool place when not in use during the day or night.

Weekly or As Needed Care

  • Wash the ear mold when dirty.

  • Remove the ear mold and tubing from the hearing aid.(Do not get the hearing aid wet) .

  • Use clean water and mild soap to wash the ear mold.

  • Carefully dry it and use an ear mold air blower to remove moisture from the tubing or blowing into the tube.

  • Allow it to dry overnight and carefully reattach the ear mold to the hearing aid the next morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I replace my hearing aid or the ear mold?

Your hearing aid can last for Four to Five years if routine care and checks are carried out. Like replacing the battery as instructed and of good quality, avoid the hearing aid from getting wet. And being careful that hearing aid does not fall on the ground as it can get damaged.

When to get new ear mold?

As your child grows ups, he/she will need to get new ear molds. Think about these things. The size of your child’s ears gets bigger as he/she gets older. Because of this, ear molds should change every year. A baby may need ear molds changed every six months.

Care of ear molds

ear molds must be kept clean. If they are not clean, your child can get pimples, blackheads, dry and flaky skin, or itchy ears, cares for ear molds. Wipe the ear mold with a tissue paper every time you take the hearing aid off.

What do I do if there is a problem with the hearing aid?

If you think there’s a problem with the hearing aid, first go through the hearing aid checklist. If it still does not work, contact your audiologist or the hearing aid provider. Also, notify your child’s teachers or speech therapists that your child’s hearing aid is not working properly so they can make adaptations until the hearing aid is repaired.

My child’s ear molds still fit fine but the hearing aid is squealing (feedback noise). Why?

One reason might be the tubing.  Check the tubing part of the ear mold.  Look for cracks, tears or small holes, especially near the point where the tubing enters the ear mold. Check and see if ear wax has not blocked the ear mold canal vent.  The tubing should be replaced if defects are found. Other reasons could be, the volume control on a higher setting, or ear mold is not properly fitted in the ear. Call your audiologist or the hearing aid provider to have the tubing replaced and hearing aid checked.

AtafMahmood
Audiology Manager (HFAD)