Cleaning hearing instruments the right way is important; simply wiping them with a tissue or using a brush to clean the surface is not enough. The ear is a dark, warm, moist place where bacteria and other germs, some good and some bad, like to grow. These organisms get on hearing instrument and/or earmold surfaces and continue to grow if not properly cleaned and disinfected.
To effectively teach patients proper technique, stock up on some free tools for use in your clinic. The AudioWipes Laminated Instruction Sheet (pictured right) is an 8″ x 11″ two-sided laminated sheet. The front side outlines how to properly clean and disinfect hearing aids; the other side summarizes why cleaning and disinfecting hearing aids is important. AudioWipes Prescription Pads are also available. Each prescription pad comes in 50 sheet blocks. When teaching proper hearing aid cleaning technique, tear off a sheet and give it to your patient to take home as a reminder and to reinforce the importance of proper hearing aid care. Next time you order AudioWipes from Oaktree Products, simply ask for these counseling tools! They are great to have on hand and are available at no additional cost.
Not convinced that stuff can grow on hearing aids? Check out the article “What is growing on your patients’ hearing aids” as well as the follow-up article “What’s still growing on your patients’ hearing aids?” from The Hearing Journal archives.