Types of Tubing
There are two main types of tubing so you’ll need to determine which type your hearing aid has—threaded style or snap-on style. The quickest way to determine which type you have is to read your user manual. If you don’t have that on hand, you’ll have to determine which style you have by removing it from your hearing aid.
Removing the Tubing
To remove the tubing, start by rotating the tubing base counter-clockwise. For the threaded style tubing—such as the MDHearingAid AIR and PRO models—it should turn very easily, with little to no resistance. Continue to rotate the tubing base counter-clockwise, like a bottle cap, until the tubing and hearing aid body separate.
If your hearing aid has the snap-on style tubing—such as the MDHearingAid VOLT and CORE models—you may feel some resistance when you try to turn the tubing. Snap-style tubing is more like a pop-off cap on a glass bottle, rather than a threaded cap on a plastic bottle. It doesn’t matter which direction you turn the tubing, but you need to rotate the tubing 90 degrees. Apply a little pressure to rotate it and then the tubing will just slide off. The trick to removing snap-style tubing is to hold the triangular base of the tubing with one hand and hold the hearing aid body with the other.
Reassembling the Tubing
To reassemble your hearing aid, we are going to put the tubing back on the hearing aid body. Again, this depends on whether you have the threaded style or snap-on style tubing.
If you have the threaded style tubing—the type that rotated off the hearing aid—simply rotate the tubing base back onto the hearing aid, this time in a clockwise motion. Make sure the tubing is flush with the sides of the hearing aid body and the tubing is facing forward when you’re done.
If you have the snap-on style tubing, all you need to do is push the tubing directly onto the base of the hearing aid. You don’t need to rotate the tubing on. Just push the tubing and the hearing aid directly together. The tubing should just pop on the hearing aid body and you should be good to go. Make sure the tubing base is flush with the sides of the hearing aid.