Caring for Your Cochlear Implant

Caring for Your Cochlear Implant

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Here are some tips on caring for your cochlear implant sound processor. The sound processor captures the sounds, analyzes them, and transforms them before sending them to the internal part. It is important to take care of it to ensure consistent sound quality. Note that processor maintenance instructions may vary from model to model and brand to brand. Consult your cochlear implant manufacturer for all recommendations specific to your sound processor.

1- It is essential to place your processor in a drying box every evening. There are several types on the market (e.g. PerfectDry, Zephyr, Cedis, DryStar, etc.). Some are electric and others require the insertion of drying tablets. Since the sound processor contains multiple electrical circuits, removing moisture from the device will keep those electrical networks in better condition, longer.

2- Use a soft cloth to clean the surface of the processor. You can also clean the outside of your sound processor and its accessories using an alcohol wipe. This eliminates dust and any perspiration residue. 

3- Gently brush the entrance of the microphones to dislodge debris. Depending on the model of the device you are wearing, you can also change the microphone filters. 

4- Check that the antenna cable and the insertion holes for this cable (in the processor and in the antenna, if applicable) are clean and unobstructed. 

Regular check-ups with your audiologist are also part of a good maintenance routine for your device. During this visit, the audiologist will ensure that your sound processor is working correctly. He / she may also adjust the device settings to optimize your performance. This annual appointment is important to allow the audiologist to assess your situation, offer you new tools, and keep you informed of new technological advances or updates that you may wish to consider. 

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