Hearing aid boots, hearing aid accessories like the Phonak Roger Pen, and other shared microphones can also pick up germs, which come in close contact to the user’s face. To protect ourselves and our loved ones against germs and viruses such as COVID-19, here are some steps you can take to ensure your hearing technology is safe and disinfected.
According to the WHO’s interim guidance on biosafety, disinfectants with hypochlorite (bleach), alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium compounds and phenolic compounds are proven to eliminate the coronavirus on surfaces – including hearing aids and hearing devices.
Phonak Cleaning and Care (C&C) wipes are a safe option for cleaning your hearing technology. These wipes are a quaternary ammonium compound-based disinfectant, which is capable of disinfecting viruses such as COVID-19. The wipes have been specifically created to disinfect hearing systems, including shared Roger transmitters, hearing aids and earmolds. The Phonak C&C dispenser includes 90 wipes. School professionals can acquire these from the Phonak.
Traditionally, Phonak recommends that behind-the-ear hearing aids are cleaned every two days. It is suggested that in-the-ear hearing aids are cleaned daily.
During this period of heightened concern, daily cleaning of hearing aids may be appropriate. Additionally, you may want to wipe down technology each time it is handled by a different person.
“Traditionally, Phonak recommends that BTE hearing aids are cleaned every two days and ITE hearing aids are cleaned daily.”
If multiple people (teachers, students) are sharing one transmitter, in addition to using the C&C wipes or another appropriate disinfectant, hand washing will continue to be critical.
Even if the transmitter isn’t being shared amongst many adult speakers, increased sanitization is wise. (When my daughter was in kindergarten, she would put her mouth on the transmitter. Imagine a little kid with any microphone they just can’t seem to help putting their mouths on the microphone to sing.) Quick wiping it off after the children handle the mic or use the Small Group mode function is important.
If you are a parent or otherwise unable able to acquire Phonak C&C wipes, 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes (such as Clorox Wipes) have not shown damage to other personal consumer goods, such as Apple products. (At the time this article was authored, this solution was not officially endorsed by Phonak.)
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