Caring for the sound processor

Having a well maintained sound processor is vital if your child is going to achieve their best hearing performance.

Having a well maintained sound processor is vital if your child is going to achieve their best hearing performance. Here are some tips on how you can help your sound processor perform at its best.

Drying out your sound processor is a key step in your care and maintenance routine.The coil, coil cable, coil magnet and battery module (if it is not being charged) should remain attached to the processing unit. Turn off your processor before placing it in the Dry & Store.

Whether you use the Dry-Aid pack or the Dry & Store, the desiccant plays a very important role in drying out your sound processor.

Re-usable Dri-aid cans need to be dried out as indicated, and replaced every 12 months. Disposable Dri-briks need to be changed as indicated (often every three months).

For Freedom™ users, using the Bodyworn controller during sports can help with moisture issues. A sweat band can help, especially for teenagers into sports.

Depending on frequency and severity of sweating and sports activity, the Dri-Aid pack or Dry & Store needs to be used more often even during day hours upon returning from school or sports.

Minimise the chances that the cables are pulled/stretched. Never tie knots in cables.

To avoid damaging or breaking cables, when disconnecting them from the coil or processor always use the strain relief.

Avoid sand, dirt and dust.

Clean with a soft dry cloth.

Avoid sources of ESD (static electricity) as they can interfere with the sound processor (examples: plastic slides, balloons, computer / TV screens).

Microphone protectors are designed to keep the microphones protected from dirt and moisture, as well as reduce the effects of wind noise. When the microphone protectors become dirty, the sound quality your child will receive is noticeably degraded.

Freedom and Nucleus® CP810 microphone covers are designed to last up to 3 months, however, for younger children who cannot advise sound quality, Cochlear recommends changing microphone covers monthly.