Hearing aids are more durable than they ever have been before. But, they still need to be cleaned on a regular basis. If not, moisture, dust and ear wax can cause problems with sound and clarity. If you’re new to hearing aids or just want to make sure you’re taking care of your devices the right way, review The Hearing Group’s best cleaning tips below and start incorporating them into your own routine if you aren’t already.
Tips for Everyday Maintenance
Make it a habit to clean your hearing aids every day. You can do it at whatever time works best for you. Some people sit down to clean their devices after they wake up in the morning, and some do it before they go to bed at night. All it takes is a quick wipe down of the body using a soft, dry cloth. You don’t have to use any water, cleaning fluids, solvents or alcohol. Just like any electronics, hearing aids typically don’t mix well with moisture.
Here are some more things to keep in mind as you do your daily hearing aid care routine:
- Clean your hands first before handling the hearing aids.
- Hearing aids are very small and there’s a good chance you might drop them. It’s best to clean them at a table or over a soft surface just in case.
- If your model has silicone sleeves called domes covering the speaker unit, you’ll likely need to replace the sleeves about once a month.
- On behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, the earmold is the part that fits in your ears and keeps your hearing aids locked in place. As long as your earmolds do not have a speaker/receiver attached to them, you can go ahead and wash them separately. Here’s how to do it.
- Follow any additional care instructions given to you. Every model is different and might come with specific directions. If you need a reminder, check the brand’s website or app. The Phonak Guide app, for example, walks you through how to clean your model.
- Did your hearing aids come with a cleaning tool? If so, you can use it to clean tubes and other hard-to-reach spots. After awhile, you may need to replace the tool’s brush with a fresh one.
- Some hearing aids have an ear wax filter. It’s designed to block out wax, but as it builds up, the filter may need to be replaced. If you notice sounds are distorted or you can’t hear as well, this may be the case.
- If your model has silicone sleeves covering the speaker unit, you’ll likely need to replace the sleeves about once a month.
- Whenever you’re not wearing them, place your rechargeable hearing aids on the charging station to make sure they stay charged and ready to go.
Cleaning the Earmold
On behind-the-ear (BTE) devices, the earmold is the part that fits against your ears and keeps your hearing aids locked in place. As long as your earmolds do not have a speaker/receiver attached to them, you can go ahead and wash them separately. Here’s how to do it.
- Detach the tube and mold from the hearing aids. Make sure you remember which mold goes to which instrument. Keep a firm grip on the hook while pulling off the tube to prevent it from getting damaged.
- Wipe the mold with a soft, dry cloth.
- Use a multi-tool to clean inside the loop opening.
- Gently wash the mold and tube with soap and water. Check that everything is completely dry before reattaching them to your hearing aids.
Ask Your Provider
With the right care and maintenance, your hearing aids can keep you connected for years to come. If you have any questions about how you should be caring for your devices, visit The Hearing Group and we’ll be happy to help. We can also provide you with any replacement supplies and tools you may need. Call 973-542-4031 for more information.