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How to Clean Hearing Aids

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It is important to learn how to correctly clean and maintain your hearing aid so that your device remains effective and reliable for years to come. Hearing aids are a substantial investment in a person’s lifetime and therefore should be regularly inspected, cleaned and maintained to ensure they remain within top working condition.

Hearing aids, unlike most electronics, operate under far from ideal conditions: in the ear canals, where wax and moisture accumulate. With this in mind, Maintaining your hearing with regular cleanings combined with periodic maintenance from your hearing care professional is necessary if you wish to keep this equipment fully functioning.

How to Take Care of your Hearing Aids?

Establish A Daily Cleaning Routine With your Device

Establishing a consistent cleaning routine for your hearing aid will help ensure that your device is kept in good condition. With this in mind, we suggest you clean your hearing device after you brush your teeth at the end of the day. Getting into the habit of Cleaning your device at the end of the day will enable time for airing out, before placing them on again.

Use the Correct Cleaning Equipment

Regularly cleaning is vital to safeguard the longevity and quality of your hearing aid. However, cleaning with the correct tools and equipment is another crucial factor. It is important to take care when cleaning hearing aids, as improper cleaning can lead to damage and reduced effectiveness.

In terms of equipment, wax picks or small brushes are useful tools that can be used to pick up, brush and gently remove earwax in the opening at the end of the hearing aid.

Regularly Charge your Bluetooth Hearing Device

Similar to the first suggestion, we recommend establishing a routine in which you charge your Bluetooth hearing device daily. Typically, most quality Bluetooth hearing aids have a battery life of around 24 hours (although this depends on the manufacturer). In this regard, charging your device at night while you sleep is a risk-free way to ensure that it is always ready for use during the day.

Avoid Extreme Heat, Coldness and Water

As the temperature drops below freezing, it is recommended that you remove your hearing aids from your ears and store them in a dry and safe location. Additionally, if the temperature outside is extremely hot (over 30°C), then it is advisable to ensure that your hearing device is not left outside in direct sunlight.

There are some hearing aids that are waterproof, but the majority are not. As a result, you’d be best to avoid putting your hearing aid in a body of water as some water damage may occur, reducing its effectiveness and longevity.

How to Clean Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

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In order to effectively clean and maintain behind-the-ear hearing aids, you should follow these straightforward steps.

  1. Before you start, you should always examine the device for any dirt or debris. Should you find any, we advise using a soft brush or a dry cloth to remove debris from the device.
  2. The next step is to clean the earmold by removing it from the hook. It is possible for some earmolds to become discoloured and stained over time, especially those made from soft materials. Once a week, soak them in warm, soapy water and wipe them clean daily.

Before using both the device and the earmolds, you should allow them to dry completely overnight without using alcohol or other chemicals.

How to Clean In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

It is important to note that different kinds of in-the-ear hearing aids require different cleaning approaches. Below is a quick and easy guide to cleaning ITE hearing aids:

  1. To begin, hold the hearing aid in a downward position so that any loose particles will fall out instead of being lodged inside.
  2. Next, brush away built-up wax using a soft-bristle toothbrush or the brush provided by your hearing healthcare professional to clean the openings of the device, as well as the microphone ports.
  3. If necessary, try using a wax pick or hook to remove anything that didn’t come out with the brush.
  4. Finally, ensure that you have thoroughly wiped the device clean with a dry cloth or tissue.

Hearing Aid Cleaning Tools

Please note that before purchasing the tools listed below, you should ensure that it is right for your specific hearing aid. If you have questions or are unsure which is the best tool for you, please get in touch and a member of our team will do our best to assist you with your query.

Hearing aids can be maintained with the following tools:

  • Multi-tool – In addition to their brush, these all-in-one tools feature a wax loop so that they can clean hearing aids thoroughly and effectively.
  • Cleaning Brush – In order to clean the hearing aid’s body, faceplate or sound port, you should use the soft brush tip which is attached to the cleaning brush.
  • Wax Pick – With the wax pick, you can remove the wax and other debris safely from the nooks and holes of hearing aids.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on an individual’s lifestyle and how well they maintain their hearing aids, the frequency at which their hearing aids need to be cleaned will vary. As a general rule of thumb, your hearing aids should be cleaned and checked every 4-6 months by an audiologist. Additionally, you should wipe off your hearing aids every night before putting them in their case.

It is possible for hearing aids to last between three and seven years from the time they are first worn, and for some people, even longer. Its lifespan is influenced by how well it is built, maintained, and how often it is worn in your ear.

You may have a buildup of wax on your microphone or earmold if the sound seems muffled or soft. The best thing you can do for your hearing aid is to thoroughly clean it. If your device remains muffled even after a thorough cleaning, please contact us so we can try and find a solution.

About the author

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Asa Richards, Audiologist/HAD M.S.H.A.A

Head of Audiology & contributor

Asa has worked as an audiologist for 6 years, providing expert and revolutionary care to patients who suffer from hearing loss in the meantime. He also supervises the management, learning, and career development of the Hearmore Audiology and Sales Management team.

You can reach Asa on his LinkedIn page here.