Hearing aids can offer those with mild to severe hearing loss a second chance at doing what they used to love but had struggled to enjoy since developing a hearing loss. In fact, eight out of ten wearers say that their quality of life has vastly improved. Because of the significant investment in your quality of life, it is essential that you are getting the most benefit from your hearing aids by keeping them clean and well maintained.

By developing good cleaning habits for your hearing aids, it allows them to keep working their best for years to come. As expert hearing instrument specialists, we want to make sure that you are able to experience the amazing benefits of hearing well and not consider your hearing aids a hassle or a nuisance.

Before we address proper home cleaning for the most common types of hearing aids, I would like to share a few tips that can make your cleaning routine a breeze.

  • Make sure that you have the proper cleaning tools. A brush and a wax pick are necessary for home maintenance. Some devices even have a compatible multi-tool that houses all your hearing aid maintenance into one handy tool.
  • Wait to put your hearing aids in until you’ve finished getting ready for the day. Water, moisture, and chemicals are a hearing aid’s worst enemy and by leaving them out during your morning routine, you can avoid exposing them to these dangers.
  • Try to avoid exposing your hearing aids to extreme chemicals. When you take your hearing aids out during the summer to enjoy a dip in the pool, keep them inside so the sun and high temperatures don’t get a chance to damage them. The same goes for extreme cold as well.
  • Perform hearing aid cleaning and maintenance over a soft surface like a towel or cloth. That way, if you drop them, no harm is done.
  • Clean your hearing aids before bed. Any time of the day is OK for hearing aid cleaning, but by cleaning them at night, this gives them hours to air out.
  • If your hearing aid is powered by removable batteries, take them out and leave the compartment open overnight.

Cleaning Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

  1. With a dry cloth, wipe down the speaker unit and shell. Also, do not use water, alcohol, cleaning fluids, or solvents to clean your hearing aids as this will damage them.
  2. If your device has an earmold, wipe this down with a dry cloth to remove wax and debris. If your unit has silicone tips covering the speaker unit, do not try to clean these. They should be replaced monthly or whenever needed.
  3. With a bulb blower or brush (whatever was provided with your purchase), clean the thin, clear tube if you notice any blockages or you notice that sounds are distorted.
  4. Check the wax filter and replace it as needed.

Oticon’s video on how to clean behind the ear hearing aids may be a helpful visual aid.

Cleaning in the Ear Hearing Aids

  1. With a dry cloth, clean the surface of your device of any wax or debris. Do not use water, alcohol, cleaning fluids, or solvents to clean your hearing aids as this will damage them.
  2. With a brush, clear the wax from around the sound outlet and ventilation openings. Insert the brush in these crevices and gently twist.
  3. Check the wax filter and replace it as needed.

Oticon’s video on cleaning in the ear hearing aids may be a helpful visual aid.

For assistance with your hearing aid maintenance and proper cleaning, contact the hearing instrument specialists at Hearing at Home.

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Michael Combs

Michael Combs

Prior to co-founding Hearing at Home in 2016, Michael worked for a variety of practices in the Harrisonburg, VA area. He is trained in a wide range of hearing devices and tinnitus therapy. Michael is passionate about bringing healing to people who have been through terrible experiences related to auditory damage. He helps his clients, who include young people, adults and families, with hearing-related issues to learn to enjoy life again and to strengthen their relationships with friends and family through better hearing.