Cleaning your hearing devices – A simple guide

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Did you know that even just a speck of debris or wax can drastically change the sound quality of your hearing device? We know that hearing devices are expensive and cleaning your devices are one of the best ways to protect that investment!  This is something we cannot stress enough. Debris or wax in the hearing devices can change the way the sound is delivered to your ear.

A Simple Guide to Cleaning Your Hearing Aids:

Cleaning your hearing devices on a daily basis helps to ensure their performance, longevity, and saves money on repairs. It is something that only takes a minute and can easily fit into your nightly routine. These hearing device cleaning tips will help you to reduce the amount of wax, debris, dust and other contaminants that could affect your technology.

 

How your hearing device is cleaned depends on the kind of device that you have. While cleaning the device at home is imperative, you should have your devices professionally cleaned at Audiology Associates at least two times a year.

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. Ask Dr. Liz, Dr. Mark, or Dr. Sheri what kind of cleaning products work best for your hearing device.
  • If earwax is something that continues to be an issue ask your audiologist to clean your ears more regularly.
  • NEVER put your hearing aid in water.

What you’ll need:

  • A brush for removing debris
  • Cleaning solution or cleaning wipes
  • (If you have a vent, a wax pick or as Dr. Liz calls it, “A Whisker”)

No matter which kind you have the shell, the receiver, and the microphone are what you’ll want to focus on.

  1. Always take the batteries out before cleaning your hearing aid.

  2. Clean the devices with the spray or audiology wipe to kill any bacteria on the devices. The case or the shell of your device is best cleaned with a soft cloth or brush.

  3. The receiver is most subject to wax buildup so you will want to be sure to be careful and thorough when scooping debris out. It’s also good practice to focus on brushing the receiver when you’re done scooping to make sure you’ve gotten everything.

  4. Using the brush again, gently clean the microphone.

  5. 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 them last longer. Cleaning hearing aids manually is the ideal way to maintain them but overtime debris, dust, and wax will build up, so take advantage of your practice’s clean and checks. During this time, parts will be thoroughly cleaned or even replaced to make sure your technology is working its best so your hearing can too.