Refurbishment Protocol

Hear4U Donated Hearing Aid Refurbishment Protocol

1. Disinfection:

As per the guidelines of the Spaulding Classification (2010) and recognized by the College of Hearing Healthcare Professionals of BC (CHHPBC), behind the ear hearing aids are considered non-critical items.

Disinfection is acceptable on these “non-critical” items, those items that do not touch blood or other potentially infectious substances or are not likely to break the skin. All of these items should be disinfected before handling or re use, but sterilization is not required.

Disinfection of the donated hearing aid involves wiping the hearing aid down TWICE with an alcohol swab.

2. Consumerables:

Consumerables are considered to be the domes and receiver tubes of the Receiver-In-The_Ear (RITE) products or the earmold and tubing of the Behind-The-Ear (BTE) products.

These are to be replaced with new components. If possible, we recommend that clinicians ask hearing aid manufacturers for free replacement parts. If the new components must be purchased, the cost of the new parts may be charged to the client.

3. Verification measures: (ANSI and listening check)

Electroacoustic verification of all donated hearing aids is required.

  1. This verification should be completed prior to fitting to ensure the hearing aid is in working order and to provide a benchmark for future quality control measures. For convenience, the hearing aid’s electroacoustic information can be attached directly to individual patient charts.
  2. Verification of features and physical parameters is also required prior to the hearing aid fitting.
    Those features, which cannot be verified through physical examination or standard electroacoustic verification methods, should be verified through a listening check. These may include operation of the VC, directional microphones, T-coil and so on.