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How to Ship a Hearing Aid

Ship a Hearing AidA hearing aid is a small electronic device that is worn in or behind the ear to amplify sound vibrations for the hearing impaired. Hearing aids come in a number of styles, including some that are small enough to fit inside the ear canal, making them almost invisible, while others are partially exposed.

Depending on the severity of the hearing impairment, these aids either come in pairs to be used on both ears or a single device for just the inflicted ear. They are usually custom molded into the user's ear to provide perfect fit and optimum performance.

If you have to ship a hearing aid elsewhere, proper packing precautions must be observed to ensure that the device avoids getting lost or damaged during transit.  Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship a hearing aid.

Carefully clean the hearing aid using a soft, dry cloth and remove the batteries. Never use alcohol, solvents or cleaning agents unles prescribed by a hearing care professional. Place the device in its carrying case to protect it from damage, dirt and the elements. Moisture may damage the circuitry in the hearing aid so pack it in a dry environment.

Make sure that the hearing aid does not move around or shift in its case. If it does, use a piece of tissue paper or bubble wrap to keep it in its place inside its case. If sending a pair, make sure that pieces do not collide with each other inside the case by protecting them with tissue paper or bubble wrap.

If a carrying case is not available, place the hearing aid in a small sealable bag and then, bubble wrap. Wrap a pair separately before placing in a small box lined with bubble wrap on all sides, top and bottom. The device/s should not move inside the box.

Double box the hearing aid case or box in a slightly larger shipping box with ample packing materials such as bubble wrap and crumpled paper on all sides, top and bottom to prevent movement. Close the outer box and seal with packaging tape.

Address and label the package and take to your local post office or shipping company.

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