Hearing aids are technological marvels, restoring one of the five major senses to those with auditory difficulties. Because of their small size and level of complexity, they can easily break or malfunction if not cared for properly. Regularly cleaning your hearing aids at home is a simple process that can extend the life of your device and ensure years of reliable hearing.
Make it Routine
The easiest way to keep your hearing aids as clean as possible is to make it a part of your daily hygiene routine. Leave them out while showering or washing your face so they’re not damaged by water or soap. Make cleaning your hearing aids before bed a habit so they can air out during the night while you sleep. Never clean your hearing aids with chemicals or alcohol wipes, as they could damage the delicate device.
In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids
Your hearing aid likely came with a small multi-tool, or separate wax pick and brush (If it didn’t, your audiologist should be able to provide them for you). This is all the equipment you will need to keep the device clean and functioning.
If you’re cleaning an in-the-ear hearing aid device, focus on clearing away any wax built up around the microphone port and other openings. When cleaning, hold the device with the opening facing downward so any loose particles fall out instead of staying lodged inside. Wipe the entire hearing aid with a clean, dry cloth to remove any dirt or wax from the outside casing. If possible, remove the battery and wipe down the open compartment as well.
Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
To clean a behind-the-ear hearing aid, remove the earmold from the hook. Examine all pieces of the device for wax or debris and gently wipe with a cloth. If your earmold has become discolored, soaking it once a week in warm, soapy water might help; be sure to dry it completely overnight before use. If your earmold begins to develop a strong odor be sure to consult your healthcare provider, as this could be the sign of an ear infection.
Hearing Solutions for All Ages
At Davis Family Hearing, we want to help you or a loved one live life to the fullest. With a variety of sophisticated diagnostic tools at our disposal, we are well-equipped to meet the needs of every patient regardless of age. Contact us online today or visit one of our three Florida locations.