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Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Hearing aids require a bit of care and maintenance in order to make sure that they’ll last. There are actually different types of hearing aids, so it’s only natural to have varying methods of hearing aid cleaning as well. If you’ve recently bought a set of in-the-ear hearing aids, then this is what you must do in order to make sure that they’re taken care of properly, specifically how to clean them the right way.

Things to Remember in Terms of Hearing Aid Cleaning

You should replace the tubing of behind-the-ear hearing aids every three to six months because around that time, it’ll lose its flexibility. If it’s wet, you should blow on the end of the ear mold’s tubing to dry it out before reattaching it to the behind-the-ear hearing aid.

You should not use alcohol or other solvents to clean either type of hearing aid because it can actually break down the hearing aid material. In the same place you’ve bought your hearing aid, there should be special sprays designed to clean and disinfect your auditory amplification gadget without necessarily damaging it.

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance

As for behind-the-ear hearing aids, this is what you must do in order to clean and maintain them: Refer to the above mentioned maintenance techniques for in-the-ear hearing aid cleaning. In particular, refer to the sections concerning wiping the outside of the device, cleaning the earpiece with a brush or a wire pick to remove ear wax buildup, and storing it inside its case with the battery door open to keep moisture from accumulating inside the gadget.

The basic cleaning procedures between in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids are virtually the same. However, there is one key difference between the two: Cleaning the ear mold, which is made of silicone or lucite. Because the ear mold is a non-electronic portion of the device, you can wash it with water and soap without worrying about damaging your behind-the-ear hearing aid.

There are even patients who disconnect the ear mold from the hearing aid and place it in a soapy bath for a couple of minutes to ensure its cleanliness. Just double check to make sure that it’s dried out afterwards. You should also pay close attention to the ear mold’s tubing to ensure that no water is trapped inside it after you’re done cleaning it.

In-The-Ear Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance

When removing your hearing aids before sleeping, the first thing you need to do is to methodically and carefully wipe them down with a soft tissue or cloth. From there, you should examine the portion of the devices that fits down into your ear canal to make sure that nothing is amiss.

If there is some accumulated earwax on the end of the hearing aids, remove them in a gentle manner. There are manufacturers who even provide specialized cleaning tools to do the job for you, which may come in the form of a wire pick, brush, or a combination of both tools.

You can also use the aforementioned tools provided to brush around the plastic tubing of the hearing aids and clear out the ear wax as well. You can even use an old toothbrush to remove the waxy buildup, and many patients swear by this method.

Wire picks are also okay in removing wax that has ended up deep in the channel, but always remember to be careful when cleaning with this tool in order to not damage the device. Finally, place the hearing aids in their case with their battery door open. An open battery door helps prolong battery life by allowing air to enter, which reduces the accumulation of moisture.