Hearing Aid maintenance and cleaning


Hearing Aid maintenance and cleaning

Your hearing aid looks after you, ensuring you can hear the world around you, so it’s important you treat your device with care, and clean and maintain it regularly.

Hearing aid maintenance is crucial to keep your hearing aid working at an optimum level and to keep you connected to the world around you. Not only does regularly cleaning your hearing device ensure that the sound you receive is crystal clear, but it can also drastically extend the life of your device, saving you money and time in the long run. Maintaining your hearing device involves regular cleaning, keeping it clear of debris and ensuring it is handled with care.

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How to clean your Hearing Aids

In order to keep your hearing device in tip top shape, it is important to have the right tools. As wax, oil and dust can accumulate in and around your device, sounds can be muffled and eventually the receiver can become clogged, with the build-up of debris causing severe damage. To remove this detritus your hearing device maintenance toolkit should include:

  • A wax pick and brush
  • Wax guards
  • Hearing aid cleaning wire or bulb blower
  • A clean, dry cloth

While cleaning, it is important that your hands are clean and dry, as the microphone is incredibly delicate and can be blocked very easily.

Prevention is better than a cure, so in order to avoid your hearing device from becoming dirty or wet and breaking, some simple steps to follow include:

  • Keeping your hands and fingers clean when inserting and removing your hearing aid
  • Your device can easily be damaged by excess moisture, so it should always be removed during your day to day hygiene routine including when you shower, when you are in excessively humid environments, having your hair washed and dried at the hairdresser, using makeup or hair sprays and if you are swimming
  • Remove the battery from your device nightly and leave the battery compartment open to dry out any excess moisture which could lead to failure in the electronic components of your receiver
  • Clean your device daily as you remove it
  • Ensuring repairs are made to your device quickly. If wax is trapped in an area you can’t reach yourself to clean it’s important for an expert, such as one of our audiologist, to remove it before it can permanently damage the device

Use wax guards, these are small plastic screens which sit in the sound outlet of your hearing aid

Daily Cleaning Tasks

At the end of every day, once you have removed your device with clean, dry hands, it’s a good idea to get into a cleaning routine. Four simple steps to ensure you are thoroughly cleaning and maintaining your device are as follows:

Step 1: Ensure you are in a well-lit area and examine the device for debris or other built up material. Use your soft wax brush to gently shift the debris from the sound outlet, surface and tubing, and wipe it away with your cloth.

Step 2: Take the earmold from its hook and clean it gently with a cloth.

Step 3: Use your bulb blower to force debris from the tubing.

Step 4: If any excess moisture is apparent on any of the components of your hearing aid, wipe it off with your dry cloth.

Monthly cleaning tasks

It is important to give your device a more thorough clean once a month. These extra steps include:

Step 1: Check your wax filter and replace it, if it is discolored or clogged with wax.

Step 2: Remove your ear molds and soak them overnight. This will ensure that the ear mold doesn’t develop stains or bad odours over time and will extend its life. Ensure they are completely dry before using them again.

Step 3: Check the condition of the microphones in your hearing device (you will either have one or two near the battery tray) and give them a thorough clean.

By following these daily and monthly tasks and handling your device with care it should enjoy a long life and enjoy a maximum level of performance, keeping you connected to the world around you!

If you are unsure how, our team can show you how to clean your hearing aids. But If you’re not sure about cleaning your hearing aid, join us for a complimentary coffee while we do the cleaning for you! No appointment required, find your nearest Bay Audio store here.


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