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9 Table 4. Proper care of Hearing aid(s) – Tips to clean 1. Hearing aid users should have regular ear canal checks every three or six months. 2. Clean the wax trap in Receiver-in-Canal (RIC), Completely in the Canal (CIC), In the Canal (ITC), and In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aids. 3. Replace the wax trap once per three months or whenever hearing aid is not working 4. Those who use Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids: detach the earmold from the hearing aid one ear at a time to avoid confusion that might arise due to switching of hearing aids. 5. Once the earmold is detached, soak it in mild soapy solution. Do not use isopropyl alcohol, solvents or oils to clean earmolds. 6. Clean the earmold and rinse with water. 7. Dry the earmold and remove any excess moisture or debris with a soft cloth or cotton ball. 8. If earmolds cannot be detached, wipe with a damp cloth to remove any visible earwax, or use a soft tooth brush or the brush provided with the hearing aid(s). 9. Check the earmold tube to be sure it is clear before reattaching to hearing aid. If the tube is clogged, have it replaced by your hearing care professional. Adapted from Adams-Wendling L, Pimple C. J of Gerontological Nursing. 2008;34(11):9-16.

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