You made a wise investment in your health when you decided to get hearing aids. It’s important to protect your investment by cleaning your hearing aids regularly. Devices that aren’t cleaned regularly are more likely to become in need of repair. Also, poorly-maintained hearing aids usually don’t last as long as well-maintained ones. Here’s what you need to know to take care of your hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Cleaning Tools
Your hearing aids may have come with cleaning tools provided by the manufacturer. If you don’t have cleaning tools, your hearing professional can tell you which tools are best for your devices. Most users clean their hearing aids with some combination of the following tools.
- A wax pick can be used to remove any debris. This tool is also known as a wire loop or wax loop.
- Hearing aid cleaning brushes remove debris. A soft toothbrush also could be used for the same purpose.
- A multitool combines the wax pick and cleaning brush into one tool.
- Forced air blowers are also called hearing aid air blowers or bulb blowers. They’re useful when cleaning tubing or earmolds of behind-the-ear devices.
- A clean tissue or soft, dry cloth
Hearing aids can be easily damaged by improper care. Harsh chemicals, alcohol, and hair dryers should never be part of hearing aid maintenance.
Establishing a Cleaning Routine
When you’re in the habit of cleaning your devices at about the same time each day, it’s less likely you’ll forget. Just before bedtime is the ideal time for cleaning.
While cleaning, holding your hearing aid over a soft surface can prevent damage from dropping it. It’s a good idea to start your cleaning routine by removing the batteries. Any debris inside the compart can be removed with a cleaning brush.
After you’re finished cleaning your hearing aids, leave the batteries out and the compartment open. Put the hearing aids in a hearing aid dehumidifier overnight. These dehumidifiers go by various names such as dry storage kit or dry box.
Cleaning a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid
Your daily routine should include using the cleaning brush to get rid of debris. Separate the tubing and earmold from the ear hook. Wipe the earmold and tubing with a soft, dry cloth.
Once a week, you can wash the earmold and tubing in warm, soapy water. (The rest of the hearing aid should never be placed in water.) A forced air blower is helpful to remove excess water from tubing. The tubing and earmold must be completely dry before you reattach them.
Cleaning an In-The-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid
Gravity is your friend when you’re cleaning the openings on an ITE device. Hold the hearing aid so that the opening you want to clean is downward. Then, use your cleaning brush on the opening. If there’s remaining earwax, you can use your wax pick to remove it. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe off the device.
Hearing Specialists in La Grande
At Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates, our experienced professionals can assist you with additional hearing aid maintenance or other hearing health needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment.