Hearing Aid Cleaning & Care

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Reviewed by Charge Audiologist Ron Trounson

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Cleaning and Caring for Your Hearing Aids

Do-it-yourself upkeep is an essential part of owning and maintaining hearing aids. With proper care, your hearing aids will work better for longer.

Regular hearing aid cleaning, proper storage and some essential maintenance will reduce the number of times you need to visit your hearing care provider for servicing and repairs, which will save you time and money.

Caring for your hearing aids can seem daunting at first. Rest assured, after a bit of practice knowing how to clean your hearing aids will feel natural.

If you’re looking for some guidance on storing, cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids, this guide will walk you through what you need to know.

8 Tips To Keep Your Hearing Aids Out of Harms Way

Hearing aids are reasonably robust, but there are some things you can do to ensure they remain in working order longer. Most importantly, keep them as dry as possible, don’t force them open and be gentle when handling them.

  1. Gently clean your hearing aids every other day with soft, dry tissue.
  2. Don’t place your hearing aids down in wet areas like the bathroom or kitchen.
  3. Avoid using excess hairspray and other sticky or gooey hair products while wearing your hearing aids. Gels, creams, liquids and aerosols can build up inside your hearing aids and cause problems.
  4. Keep pets and children away from your hearing aids. Small hearing aids are a choking hazard, and some animals might like to chew on them.
  5. Disposable batteries can run out in a few days, especially if you have a hearing aid with many features. Carry spare batteries and replace them as soon as they go dead.
  6. Turn off your hearing aids when you’re not using them. Open up the battery compartment to allow the hearing aids to air out.
  7. Store your hearing aids in a safe place like the top drawer of a dressing table or a locked cupboard when not in use. If you live in a humid environment, using a dehumidifier or drying case is a good idea.
  8. Keep your hearing aids out of direct sunlight for long periods and avoid leaving them in a hot car in the summertime. Excess heat can damage sensitive components.

Keeping Your Ears Clean

Keeping your ears clean is an important part of caring for your hearing aids.

While in and on your ears, hearing aids come into contact with earwax and skin debris. Therefore, if you keep your ears clean, it’s easier to keep your hearing aids clean.

Hearing aids stimulate earwax production and make it more difficult for earwax and debris to escape your ears.

Clean the entrance to your ears regularly with a warm moist cloth. This will help to clear earwax and skin debris that has worked its way to the surface of your ear.

Some people may experience blocked ears from earwax and debris or more troublesome earwax impaction. If that’s the case, it’s best to have your ears cleaned professionally.

Don’t try to clean inside your ears with earbuds, q-tips, or bobby pins. You could easily push earwax or debris further into your ear or even perforate your eardrum.

Cleaning Signia Hearing Aids

This selection of videos by Signia demonstrates how to clean a range of hearing aids, including:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.
  • Custom or in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid.
  • Receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid.

Signia has more videos available on their YouTube Channel, such as handling specific hearing aid models.

WIDEX Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance

These videos by WIDEX shows you how to:

  • Change the battery or wax guard and clean your WIDEX hearing aids.
  • How to clean an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid.
  • How to dry hearing aids.

More videos are available on the WIDEX YouTube channel.

Cleaning and Care of Phonak Hearing Aids​​​

Step by step instructions on how to lean and care for various Phonak hearing aids, including:

  • receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aids
  • custom (ITE) hearing aids
  • hearing aids with an earmould
  • hearing aids with a slim tube.

More Phonak videos are available on their YouTube Channel.

Cleaning ReSound Hearing Aids

A selection of instructional videos from Resound on how to:

  • clean a receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid
  • clean a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid
  • clean a custom in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid.

More hearing aid cleaning, care and handling videos from ReSound can be found on their YouTube Channel.

Author Bio

Marcus Chadwick

Marcus Chadwick

Marcus has a double Bachelor degree from the Queensland University of Technology in Business and Creative Industries. He has worked in public relations, marketing and operations since 2006, spanning the not-for-profit sector, healthcare and medical device industries. He has a special interest in search engine optimisation, content strategy, website design, and the patient experience.

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