Cleaning and Care Products
Like all technology, your hearing aids need regular care. Keeping your devices clean extends their usable life and keeps you hearing clearly. Use these items to ensure optimal hearing.
- Dehumidifers: A dehumidifier is designed to dry, disinfect, and store your hearing aids. It kills fungi and bacteria, and it greatly reduces itching and the chance of infections.
- Cleansing Wipes: Cleansing wipes contain a chemical that removes earwax without damaging your hearing aids.
- Cleaning Spray: Cleaning spray helps prevent skin irritation and eczema. Like cleansing wipes, it removes earwax without damaging your hearing aids.
How and What to Clean Your Hearing Aids With
Done nightly, these hearing aid cleaning tips will help you reduce the amount of wax and debris affecting your technology.
These instructions are general. Ask your hearing care provider about best practices for your specific hearing aid style. No matter which kind you have, the shell, the receiver, and the microphone will be the focus.
First Things First:
- Wash your hands and make sure they are dry before cleaning hearing aids.
- Work over a soft surface to prevent losing or breaking anything that might fall.
- Be extra mindful when cleaning, handling each piece with care.
- Turn technology upside down so debris will fall out rather than get pushed back in.
- Do not use a soaking wet cloth, unapproved solutions, or cotton swabs.
- If earwax is something that continues to be an issue, ask your provider about having your ears professionally cleaned.
- NEVER put your hearing aid in water.
What You’ll Need:
- A wire loop for cleaning earwax out of the receiver
- A wax pick to clear out the vent
- A brush to remove debris from the entire hearing aid (mostly for in-the-ear devices) and microphone
- A multitool is very handy when cleaning hearing aids, as it has the above pieces as well as a magnet to help remove your battery
- Tubing air blower, which is used mostly for cleaning moisture out of the tube that connects your over-the-ear ear mold, or dome
- Always take the batteries out before cleaning your hearing aid.
- The case or the shell of your device is best cleaned with a soft cloth or brush. If there are particularly difficult parts, you can use a damp cloth to help remove the debris.
- The receiver is most subject to wax buildup, so you will want to be careful and thorough when scooping out debris. It’s also good practice to focus on brushing the receiver when you’re done scooping to make sure you’ve gotten everything.
- Using the brush again, gently clean the microphone.
- When done, keep your batteries out and the door open (brush gently) on a towel at night. Even better, a dehumidifier is more effective in removing moisture from your technology, helping it last longer.
Cleaning your hearing aids is the ideal way to maintain them. Over time, though, debris, dust, and wax will build up, so take them in to be checked by your provider at least twice a year. They’ll thoroughly clean the devices inside and out, plus repair or replace worn-out parts to make sure you’re hearing your best.