How I Replace An Old Hearing Aid Tube (Pictures Included)

I often come across yellow, stiff, and brittle *BTE hearing aid tubes with my students. Yesterday, a student complained to me that her hearing aid was hurting her. Sure enough, her tube was yellow, stiff, and hard. It was time for it to be replaced with a new one.

Hearing aid tubes should be clear and soft. They often need to be replaced. I replace mine every three-four months.

When the tube becomes hard and stiff, it shrinks, causing pain and discomfort to the ear. It can be really painful, I don't like it. It can be so bad, that I would prefer to go without my hearing aid. It is as if someone is pinching the top part of your ear really, really hard. Ouch.

It is important to change your hearing aid tubes as soon as the tubes get hard and stiff. You can learn to do this yourself. Depending on where you are, a pack of tubes can cost as little as $1.00. Some places give them away for free. If you have a child who wears BTE hearing aids, and he or she has an itinerant teacher or teacher of the deaf, ask them to do it or show you how to do it, that is if they know how to.

I have looked online for video demonstrations or step by step instructions on how to change or replace a tube, but have been unsuccessful in finding any good ones. I found several written instructions, but I prefer to have a visual guide. Because of this, I decided to make my own demonstration of how I change my tube and will post it below, using pictures.

What you need:
  •  BTE hearing aid
  • New hearing aid tubes or preformed tubes for your hearing aid
  • Pair of scissors

 First, I get a new tube.

 Then I take off the ear mold. I gently wriggle it off.

 Then I take the old tube off. Again, I gently wriggle it off.

 Look at how stiff, old, and yucky my old tube looks.

 Next, I line up the new tube with the old one. I am measuring and would like to cut the new tube to be slightly longer than the old tube. Sometimes I have to cut it again to a shorter length; make some adjustments here and there (if the hearing aid "flops" due to the tube being too long).

 I cut off one side of the new tube.

 Then I cut off the other side of the new tube.

 I wriggle the new tube back onto the hearing aid.

 Then, I wriggle the ear mold back on.

 I try it on, to make it fit just right. Sometimes it needs another adjustment. 

Just right! Much better!

Hope this helps. 

* BTE - Behind-the-Ears

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