To hear with a hearing aid on the phone, hold the telephone near the hearing aid microphone, if you have a behind the ear hearing aid this will be behind your ear.
Ways Not To Clean Your Hearing Aid
When it comes to cleaning your hearing aid it is important to do it correctly for longevity, good maintence and to keep the overall workings of the hearing aid working its best. Sometimes a key to this is highlighting also what not to do when it comes to cleaning your hearing aid.
Do not use bleach or household cleaning chemicals. It may seem logical to clean with purposeful disinfectact to make sure it is clean. However your hearing aid is a piece of equipment that is going into your ear. Your ear is a sensitive part of your body. It can leave your ear feeling inflammed or with a burning sensation. It may also cause damage to the casing or parts of the aid. Warm soap and water is suffficient to wash your mould + tubing. The casing of your hearing aid can be wiped down with a clean cloth. Alternatively your hearing aid can be disinfected and dried using a hearing aid dry box. This will help to disinfect your hearing aid whout causing any iritation to you ears.
Submerged in Water
Do not fully sumberge your whole hearing aid in water. Many hearing aids are becoming more and more water resistant with even some made for outdoor activites such as the Siemens Aquaris. However water can flood and damage the internal parts of the hearing aid and increase the propability for the hearing aid battery to corrode. The only part that can be submerged into water is the mould with tubing of a behind the ear hearing aid, the hearing aid itself needs to be separated away from it when doing this.
Oven or Microwave
Do not try to dry the hearing using an oven or microwave, it may seem like this could work, it won't work, yet we have heard of people trying this approach. Hearing aids are elctronic devices and cannot handle being in such an environment and the hearing aid will start to melt.
With previous batteries, refrigerating them was noted to prolong battery life however this is not the case with todays hearing aids batteries, they are best kept at room temperature.
Do not put hearing aids into the freezer. Moisture inside your freezer can cause ice crystals to build up within and around the hearing aid and damage the hearing aid, moving internal parts around and causing unfixable damage.
When washing your mould and tubing, this can be washed in warm water, what you do not want to use is boiling water. This is because it can cause the tubing to melt and the mould to misform from your ear shape.
Lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda are all household items that can be used for cleaning. Being natural ingredients they are gentler on your household cleaning and also surprsingly effective. Vinegar being a nutral disinfectant, but both vinegar and lemon juice are acidic. Baking soda also can get stuck into parts of the hearing aid. When it comes to washing your hearing aid soap and water is still the most effective method.