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When to Clean Hearing Aids & What to Use

Hearing aids are a significant investment in your hearing health, and it is important to care for them. That way, you can enjoy using them and ensure that your hearing aids reach their max lifespan.

While our doctors of audiology make sure to go over hearing aid care when you pick up your new hearing aids, a refresher is always useful. So, to help you keep your hearing aids in top condition, our audiologists here at Hearing & Balance Doctors have some advice on what tools you need to clean your hearing aids and guidelines regarding hearing aid cleaning in general.

What Hearing Aid Cleaning Tools You Need

Before you jump into cleaning your hearing aids, it is essential that you have the right tools to ensure you can do the job right. The general tools you will need are:

  • Earwax pick – An earwax pick can be either shaped as a straight pick or in a loop, and it can clean along the crevasses of your hearing aids to remove any accumulated earwax or debris.
  • Hearing aid brush – Unlike your average brush, a hearing aid brush is small, with thin, flexible bristles that can help remove any buildup on the outside of your hearing aids. You can also use it to brush out the inside of the battery opening, ensuring the contacts are debris-free.
  • Dry, microfiber cloth – To avoid scratching the casing of your hearing aids, it is best to use a dry, microfiber cloth, similar to the type used to clean the lenses of glasses. Other cloths may not be fine or gentle enough to properly clean your hearing aids.  
  • Vent cleaner – This long, straight vent cleaner will allow you to carefully remove wax and debris from the hard-to-clean vents of your hearing aids.
  • Replacement wax guards or filters – Depending on your brand and style of hearing aids, you will need either wax guards or filters. These items will help catch earwax before it can reach the delicate circuitry of your hearing aids.

There are other tools you can choose to add to your arsenal like a hearing aid dehumidifier, which will draw the moisture out of your hearing aids when your hearing aids are placed inside overnight.

You can also purchase a hearing aid multi-tool. These tools will often have most of the items we mentioned as well as some extras such as a hearing aid battery remover magnet that makes it easier to swap the tiny hearing aid batteries out.

Warning—We want to impress the importance of not using any chemicals or cleaners on your hearing aids.

Anything from alcohol wipes to common household cleaners can damage your hearing aids, either by corroding the casing or damaging the circuitry inside. There are specific wipes made for hearing aids and cleaners designed to be used on the earmolds, and if you want these products, our hearing doctors will be happy to recommend the right products to you.

When You Should Be Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Once you have all your hearing aid cleaning tools, you are ready to clean your hearing aids safely. However, when you clean your hearing aids can vary.

One example of this is your daily hearing aid care. You should be doing basic hearing aid cleaning on a daily basis. This everyday cleaning really only calls for you to wipe down your hearing aids with your microfiber cloth. By doing this daily, you can prevent your hearing aids from building up earwax and other debris.

Be sure to wipe down the outer casing of your hearing aids and the earmold or receiver, if your hearing aids have one that isn’t part of the casing. Also, be sure to pop open the battery doors to allow the inner parts of your hearing aids. Doing this will allow your hearing aids to dry out and keep from having continual energy flowing through your hearing aids without any need.

Along with the daily wiping down of your hearing aids, there are variable times when you should do more in-depth cleaning. This type of cleaning will depend on your personal needs.

For instance, replacing your earwax guard or filter will depend on the amount of earwax you produce. Some people with high wax production may need to change out their filter on a weekly basis. For others, it can be a monthly task. It is important for you to check your hearing aids at least once a week as you are becoming used to your own levels of earwax production.

As for more in-depth cleaning such as using picks and brushes, often taking 20 minutes once a week to thoroughly clean your hearing aids from the casing to the battery compartment.

Visit Hearing & Balance Doctors For Professional Hearing Aid Cleaning

Even with the best at-home hearing aid care, it can be tough to keep your hearing aids completely clean. A good part of this is due to the fact that you need to wear your hearing aids on a daily basis, which gives earwax, salt from sweat, dust, and other debris the opportunity to become lodged in your hearing aids. But with the help of our doctors of audiology, you can enjoy hearing aids that have been cleaned in-depth.

Our audiologists here at Hearing & Balance Doctors have specialized tools that they can use to completely clean out your hearing aids. Also, as they clean, our audiologist can check to ensure that your hearing aids are in top condition and recommend repairs if there is something wrong.

If you would like to set up a professional hearing aid cleaning or you need one of our other hearing services, contact us to set up your appointment!

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