Hearing aids are an important investment, so it is a good way to learn how to do cleaning and maintenance at home. These sophisticated, small wonders of technology work in situations that are far from ideal: inside your ear canals where they are subject to earwax and moisture. Regular cleaning can combined with regular maintenance provided by your hearing care professional will give you years of reliable better hearing. Before you begin, it can be helpful to review various parts of hearing aids.

Care tips for hearing aids

  • Get the right tools: A wax pick and brush are indispensable tools for cleaning at home. Earwax may accumulate in the opening at the end of a hearing aid, from which the sound comes, causing a muffled sound or feedback (whatling). Left for a long time, it can damage the receiver. Use a pick and brush to gently clean the wax.
  • Establish good habits: Quit hearing aids during your hygiene routine. Shower and wash your face and hair with water and soap without rinsing, which damages them. Apply your aids after applying hair products such as sprays or gels.
  • Clean your device at the end of the day: It takes several hours to get them out again before you clean your hearing aids before going to sleep. Avoid wiping with chemicals or alcohol while cleaning hearing aids as they can damage the equipment.
  • Avoid extreme heat or cold: If the temperature is below freezing and you take out your hearing aid out of your ears and take them to shovel in the driveway, leave them indoors rather than in your coat pocket. Likewise, if you take your hearing aids out to jump into the pool on the hottest day of summer, take them indoors instead of leaving them on the pool side table.

How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing aids

When cleaning an ITE model, follow these steps:

  1. Focus on cleaning openings in the device, including using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a brush provided by your hearing health care professional to remove wax. Hold the device open with the device you are cleaning downwards so that any loose particles fall out of the hearing aid instead of staying inside.
  2. Next, use a wax pick or hook to clear anything of the pores coming out of the brush.
  3. Finish by wiping the entire instrument with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. This will remove debris from the hearing aid case.

How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing aids

When cleaning an ITE model, follow these steps:

  1. Focus on cleaning openings in the device, including using a soft-bristled toothbrush or a brush provided by your hearing health care professional to remove wax. Hold the device open with the device you are cleaning downwards so that any loose particles fall out of the hearing aid instead of staying inside.
  2. Next, use a wax pick or hook to clear anything of the pores coming out of the brush.
  3. Finish by wiping the entire instrument with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. This will remove debris from the hearing aid case.

Hearing aid cleaning tools

Although these devices can be purchased online or at most drug stores, consult with your hearing healthcare provider first to see what equipment is best for your particular hearing aids.

  • These common devices help in keeping the hearing aids in ancient times:Hearing Aid Cleaning Brush: A soft brush tip end cleans the faceplate or sound port of the hearing aid. Some brushes have a magnetic battery removal device to aid daily cleaning.
  • Wax Pick or Wire Loop: This device is designed to safely remove wax and other debris from the hearing aid nook and hole.
  • Multitools: All these in-one tools are versatile as they have both a brush and wax loop for thorough cleaning.

Additional considerations

For all types of hearing aids, do the following at night:

  • Remove the battery and keep the battery compartment open to dry overnight. If they are rechargeable, dock them according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Brush the battery compartment with a cleaning brush

Using hearing aid dehumidifiers can be worthwhile, especially if you live in a humid climate, spend enough time outdoors or sweat heavily. There are two types of hearing aid dehumidifiers. One type is a simple plastic jar containing a desiccant that expels moisture overnight.The other type is called a dry & store unit which uses ultraviolet light and air to dry and sanitize hearing aids. Both accessories are probably available through your hearing healthcare professional or online. See other accessories you may want to invest in.

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