Now that you have invested in your new hearing aids, you will want to keep them clean and regularly serviced to extend their longevity and keep them working at their best.
Despite their small size, hearing aids are powerful devices that consist of several intricate parts. To perform their many advanced functions, hearing aids need to be cleaned and maintained on a daily basis.
Keep your ears clean
Earwax is a natural substance created by the ear to protect and lubricate it, but too much earwax can be problematic to your hearing and your hearing aids. Earwax can accumulate inside the ear and block sound and further clog up the microphone and sound ports in your hearing aids.
Keeping your ears clean is an important regular habit to practice when wearing hearing aids. When your ears are clean, you can ensure that your hearing aids will remain clean. Be sure to clean in and around your ears regularly with a wash cloth to prevent earwax buildup. Do not use Q-tips to clean your ears, as they can push earwax further into your ears making it harder to remove.
If your ears feel full or stuffy and you are experiencing decreased hearing, you may have earwax buildup. Refrain from using sharp objects to remove the earwax from your ear canals yourself, as this may result in injury to the eardrum. Contact your hearing healthcare professional who can assess if earwax buildup is the issue and provide treatment options for you.
Hearing aid cleaning
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your hearing aids at home will ensure they are kept in pristine condition and will provide you with long-lasting use for reliable better hearing every day.
Get into the practice of cleaning your hearing aids at the end of every day. Wipe them down with a dry, soft cloth and allow them to air out before placing them in your ears again for the next day. If they use disposable batteries, open the battery door and allow them to dry overnight.
Use the proper cleaning tools to clean your hearing aids daily. Not only does this establish good hygiene, but also reduces the amount of repairs your hearing aids may require over time.
Hearing aid cleaning toolbox
A cleaning tool is an accessory to assist you in regularly cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids. Be sure to consult with your hearing healthcare provider to find out which tools are best for your particular hearing aids.
These common cleaning tools keep your hearing aids clean and in good working condition:
How to clean BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids
Important notice! There are two common types of earmolds – with or without a speaker/receiver – and should be cleaned differently. Do not immerse in water or wash earmolds with a speaker/receiver. If you are unsure which type of earmold you have, please ask your hearing care professional. Hearing aids must never be washed or immersed in water or any type of liquid.
To clean a BTE hearing aid and earmold (with speaker) or RITE (receiver in the ear):
To clean a BTE hearing aid and earmold (without speaker):
How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing aids
Hearing aid cleaning tips
When to seek a professional
Hearing aids should be professionally cleaned regularly as recommended by your hearing care provider. Your hearing healthcare provider has special tools and vacuums to safely remove earwax, debris and other stubborn particles that may have clogged your hearing aids.
Ask your local hearing instrument specialist or audiologist if you need assistance in cleaning your hearing aids.