Hearing aids are a significant investment, both financially and in terms of time spent getting them adjusted to meet your exact hearing needs. Because of this, it’s important to take good care of them to ensure they stay in working order. Below we review how to properly clean your hearing aids so they provide years of great hearing.

Invest in a Cleaning KitOtoscope and behind the ear hearing aid being displayed on an audiogram

If you don’t have one already, you should invest in a hearing aid cleaning kit. They are available to Bountiful Hearing Center or Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy. Hearing aid cleaning kits may come with:

  • A hearing aid cleaning brush
  • A magnetic battery remover
  • A wax pick/wire loop
  • A vent cleaner
  • A multitool that contains all these pieces

How to Clean an In-the-Ear (ITE) Hearing Aid

To clean an ITE hearing aid, be sure to:

  • Clean the openings of a device using a soft brush. Hold the device with the ports facing down so debris falls out instead of in.
  • Use a wax pick/wire loop to scoop out any earwax that remains in the ports.
  • Wipe the entire device with a soft, clean cloth to remove any remaining debris.

How to Clean a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Hearing Aid

To clean a BTE hearing aid, you should:

  • Use a soft brush or dry cloth to remove debris from the casing of the hearing aid.
  • Remove the earmold and wipe it down daily. Once a week, wash it in warm, soapy water; make sure it is completely dry before reattaching it.
  • Use a bulb blower to clear moisture and earwax out of the tubing.

Other Hearing Aid Care Tips

Other tips for caring for your hearing devices include:

  • Always wash your hands before handling your devices to avoid transferring dirt and oils from your hands to the hearing aids.
  • Clean your devices at the end of each day before bedtime.
  • After the cleaning, store the hearing aids with the battery doors open so moisture can evaporate. If you can, invest in a dehumidifier to store them in at night.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Never store your devices in cars or windowsills.

For more information about caring for hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing aid expert, call Bountiful Hearing Center today.