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What Do You Need to Know About Hearing Aid Maintenance?

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Many people with hearing disabilities rely on hearing aids to help them communicate and enjoy everyday life. Unfortunately, many of these devices break down over time and require maintenance. The good news is that it's not too difficult to maintain your hearing aid so you can continue enjoying the benefits it provides. In this article, we will discuss what you need to know about hearing aid maintenance so you can ensure yours lasts for a long time!

In the Ear (ITE)

ITE hearing aids are unique compared to other devices. They receive power by way of an antenna placed in the ear canal and send radio waves to a receiver behind the ear on the opposite side. This device then overpowers your hearing aid so you can enjoy the clear sound! If this process does not work correctly, it's likely due to lint or dirt getting into your ITE device. When inserting these items into your ears, ensure that they're clean, so there isn't any interference with signal strength!

Behind the Ear (BTE)

BTE devices are not only easier to maintain, but on the other hand, they're very durable. These hearing aids receive power from two batteries placed in different areas of the device itself, so there's no antenna or wire irritation! Their batteries must be changed regularly and kept clean to ensure you get the most out of your BTE product. If moisture gets into these components, corrosion can accumulate, which could prevent proper charging! Make sure you check for this before inserting fresh batteries since sometimes just blowing them with air helps remove any harmful substances.

In the Canal (ITC)

ITC devices are very similar to BTE hearing aids in the sense that they don't require an antenna or wire for power. Instead, these products receive sound signals through a microphone on one side of their case, which is transmitted directly into your ear! This also means there's no risk of dirt and moisture getting inside since it all happens in the device itself. All you need to keep in mind with this product is making sure its microphone stays clear so it can hear adequately when you speak. If not, make sure to wipe off any debris before inserting fresh batteries, so sounds are sent correctly every time!

Completely in Canal (CIC)

CIC devices combine a couple of the features we mentioned previously. Like BTEs, they contain batteries and receive power through an antenna inside your ear canal. However, this product also includes a microphone on its outer case to pick up sound signals! You must keep both components clean, so there isn't any interference with signal strength or voice clarity.

This can be done by simply wiping off any dirt from around the battery area and your microphone before putting in fresh ones every few weeks. If you have been having problems with your hearing aids for some time, it may be due to a lack of maintenance rather than anything else. Make sure each component stays free from moisture and lint, which could cause them not to work.