Learn To Change Your Own Hearing Aid Tubes and Save Money!
One of the best ways to save money on your hearing aid needs is to change your tubes and/or domes on your own. Rather than pay a hearing professional to complete this very simple task, you can learn to do it yourself saving both time and money! Replacing your tubes does not require any special knowledge of hearing devices. Here are some tips to do it yourself:
- First you need to learn the size (diameter) of your hearing aid tubes. Most of the time that should be listed on the material you received when you first purchased your hearing aid. If it is not or you still do not know, many websites (including ours) have a helpful list and options page.
- Next you need to determine the length of the tube you need. The sizes can be a bit confusing but as a rule of thumb, the lower the number the shorter the tube. The higher the number the longer the tube. Each size is 1/4 of an inch longer or shorter than the previous size. Again, many websites will also indicate which length is the most common.
- Some hearing aids have special tubes that are designed specifically for the left or right ear. If that is the case for your aid, make sure you purchase the tube for the correct side.
- Once you have the correct size tube, remove the old tubing and set it aside.
- Clean the bore of the hearing aid of any old glue or debris making sure to dislodge the bore of any rubbish.
- Cut a length of tubing that is just a little longer than the original that you are replacing. If it is the same size, there is no need to cut the tubing at all.
- Insert one end into the earmold and gently push it through until it penetrates the ear canal end of the mold.
- Pull back on the tubing until it is nearly recessed inside of the earmold. If you have purchased or are using pre-formed tubing just pull the tubing through until the tube firmly locks with the earmold and trim any excess up to the mold itself.
- Insert the opposite end of the tubing into the earhook (the crescent shaped plastic piece extending from the hearing aid).
- At this point insert the earmold into your year while looking in a mirror and adjust the proper angle that is most comfortable. Make sure that the tube is not crimping and rest the hearing aid itself comfortably on your ear.
- If it is necessary, remove the aid to trim and adjust the tubing if it is not fitting comfortably.
- You are done!
Learning to change your own tubes will save you money and be far more convenient in the long run. As always, if you can answer any question on this topic or any other, please let us know!