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Spring into Better Hearing

Spring cleaning—it’s a phrase (and a chore) we are all no doubt familiar with. Its origins are murky, with roots extending through Scottish, Persian, and ancient Jewish cultures. In 19th century North America and Europe, it is said that spring cleaning became necessity in wet and continental climates due to March being a time where it was just warm enough to open your windows to rid your home of dust, but not yet warm enough for insects to invade. Luckily, the invention of the vacuum cleaner was just around the corner!

Now, whether spring cleaning conjures up memories of your family pulling together to overhaul the effects the long winter has had on your home, or it’s still a common part of your yearly routine, an annual spring cleaning is a necessary undertaking to maintain the cleanliness and order of your house. It also symbolizes the seasonal rebirth that spring provides, peppering the landscape with budding trees, fresh flowers, and warm breezes. For many, it would seem, the world is at its best—so why should it be any different for your hearing instruments?

Why Do Hearing Devices Need Regular Cleaning?

Your hearing instruments are highly specialized pieces of technology. When they’re properly cleaned and adjusted you can fully engage in your world, and confidently enjoy the activities and loved ones you hold most dear.

When not properly cleaned and maintained, your hearing instruments can become impacted with earwax (cerumen), greatly affecting their performance and your ability to hear well in a variety of environments. What’s more, these cleanings will lengthen the lifespan of your instruments, giving you an even greater return on your investment in better hearing.

Trust Your Ongoing Care to Professionals

Your audiologist understands the importance of regularly cleaning and calibrating your hearing instruments—and recommend doing so about two times a year. The process includes removing cerumen with a vacuum, cleaning the battery contacts, sonic cleaning the earmolds (which uses sound waves to remove debris and buildup), checking the tubing and electronics, and running the devices through a dehumidifier.

To maintain the cleanliness and effectiveness of your instruments between these cleanings by your provider, it is recommended that you consider investing in a dehumidifier for your instruments, which not only dehumidifies your instruments, but sanitizes them as well. If only there were such a device for our homes—we could spend even more time enjoying a life of better hearing, together!

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