The road to recovery from hearing loss begins at the moment you call in for your free hearing test with us but it's not an easy journey by any means.
There are challenges and difficulties to overcome but with expert advice and patience you can get past them and achieve the final reward of better hearing, which is well worth the hard work.
One area that patients need to ensure they are fully au fait is cleaning their digital hearing aids because failure to keep your device spic and span can lead to it failing and putting a further obstacle in your way.
The rules for cleaning vary, depending on what sort of hearing aid you have and it's essential for the longevity of your device that you know the ins and outs well.
When it comes to Behind The Ear (BTE) aids, ear moulds and tubing both need to be washed every night in warm soapy water and rinsed.
The very minimum you need to do is washing them once a week before leaving them to dry and fitting them back onto your aid.
For In The Ear devices, things are slightly different because of the fact that they are structurally a world apart from BTE aids.
Firstly, wearers should look to clean the whole device with a clean, dry cloth, using a small wax pick to get rid of any excess ear waste. Usually devices come with this pick but they are available separately too.
Instructions on cleaning usually come with hearing aids themselves but if you are in any doubt then it's imperative that you ask our expert audiologists in-branch.
They'll be able to offer you information on the dos and don'ts of maintaining your aid.
Remember that if you make a mistake and clean a device incorrectly, you could end up doing irreversible damage to your aid or even yourself so it's always better to be safe than sorry.