Of approximately 4 million individuals who invest in hearing aid technology every year, 90 percent are satisfied with their purchase and would recommend them to a friend with a hearing loss. Hearing aids have the capacity to transform your life, allowing you to experience the rewarding and independent wine country lifestyle you love.

However, like all digital technology, hearing aids need a little TLC to ensure they perform as designed. Some basic tips to keep your ears and hearing aids free of debris ensure that you continue to receive all the benefits of your hearing aids and extend their service life.

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Earwax and Hearing Aids

The purpose of earwax is to clean dirt and debris from your ears. Foreign material clings to the sticky, wax-like oil, which works its way out of the ear canal. Unless you produce excessive earwax, let nature take its course.

Instead of digging into your ears with a cotton swab or using OTC products for excessive earwax production, which have the potential to cause damage, consult your audiologist who has the right resources for handling earwax.

Although earwax is a benefit to your ears, it is the enemy of your hearing aids. A build up of wax and debris inside your device can block the receiver, causing feedback (high-pitched whistling) and/or muffled sounds.

Earwax buildup can degrade the delicate technology used in your hearing aids. A regular cleaning schedule ensures that your device is free of foreign substances and earwax.

5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

We have put together a few tips to ensure that your hearing aids are properly cared for. Referring to the specific guidelines for cleaning and maintenance provided by your hearing care provider and/or manufacturer, you can use our tips as a reminder or checklist for your routine.

  • Gather the proper tools. Tools include a soft, dry cloth, a soft bristle brush, a wax pick, and a special drying area and/or ball blower. Do not get too aggressive and avoid using any kind of cleaning solvent to prevent damaging your device.
  • Clean your device at the beginning or end of each day. Many clean their devices when they take them out at night while others prefer cleaning them before their morning hygiene routine.
  • Avoid moisture. Removing your hearing aids during your hygiene routine avoids moisture and the degrading solvents used in hair products. Take them out before going into a pool, hot tub, steam room, or sauna.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. The dashboard or the windowsill in your home exposes your hearing aids to extreme heat as well as UV damage. Wearing them while shoveling snow from the sidewalk exposes them to condensation.
  • Schedule regular, professional cleaning and maintenance. Just like an oil change and frequent tune-ups are necessary for your car, so is regular professional maintenance and cleaning for your hearing devices. Professional cleaning and maintenance is necessary at least twice a year or whenever you notice the slightest damage or performance changes to your device.

Park Place Hearing Provides Cleaning and Maintenance Support

We understand the great advantages hearing aids provide to our patients, so we do whatever is necessary to make sure that you get the most benefit from your device. The hearing aid technicians at Park Place Hearing provide cleaning, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting support for hearing aid wearers in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

If you or a loved one’s device is not performing like it used to or is struggling with cleaning or want to schedule a semi-annual tune-up, then contact us for the support you need.

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Dennis Tobin, HIS

Dennis Tobin, HIS

Dennis is the owner of Park Place Hearing Center and is a Hearing Aid Specialist. Dennis has been in the hearing healthcare field for over 27 years. His father and grandfather also worked in the hearing industry. He brings a wealth of new knowledge and expertise to the Petaluma community. Dennis has dedicated his life to help people with hearing loss realize a better quality of life.
What ReSound Hearing Aids Can Do for You

ReSound is among the hearing aid manufacturers that provide the instruments you can choose from. Since their beginning in 1943, they have grown to provide their hearing aids in over 80 countries worldwide.

Direct Android and iPhone connectivity to hearing aids using 2.4 GHz technology was first developed by ReSound.  As a member of GN Group, they contribute to deep research and development of medical, professional, and consumer audio solutions, providing innovative devices for the med-tech, hearables, and intelligent audio industries.

Regardless of the style you choose, greater performance from micro-digital technology along with greater discretion and Bluetooth streaming to your smartphone are advantages of ReSound devices.

Remote Assist

An additional advantage, which became extremely important as hearing aid patients were unable to attend in-office visits due to COVID-19 restrictions, is ReSound’s Remote Assist support program. This feature allows you to connect with your hearing care provider using teleaudiology regardless of where you are, allowing for the necessary support and adjustments to your device from a remote location.

What Starkey Hearing Aids Can Do for You

Starkey hearing aids are relatively new when their history is compared to other hearing aid manufacturers, beginning in 1970. However, Starkey has provided hearing instruments for five U.S. presidents, two popes, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and other notable leaders. Starkey emerged in 2017 as a leader in the use of artificially intelligent hearing aids.

In 2014, Starkey introduced Halo as their answer to iPhone connectivity along with producing more natural sounding clarity. The development of Livio AI enabled hearing aids to track physical activity and cognitive health using embedded sensors combined with artificial intelligence. Livio AI allows for auto adjustment to various environmental settings, language translation, fall detection and alerts, tap control, and a variety of additional features.

Starkey provides advantages in sound clarity—especially with TV, telephone, and music streaming—a more natural sound, and smartphone connectivity with advanced overall health integrative features.

Changing People’s Lives With Technology

Oticon constantly work towards their vision of a world where hearing loss is no limitation. They innovate life-changing technology and are known for outstanding sound quality, reliability, and ease-of-use.

They achieve this through pioneering cutting-edge technology and never compromising on quality.