Careful cleaning and maintenance of hearing aids will lengthen the life of your hearing aid, and will also help you achieve the best results from your device in terms of sound quality.
There are two forms of hearing aids. We have the BTE (behind the ear) and the ITE (in the ear). We will discuss the general principles of cleaning all forms of hearing aids and more specifically how to clean ITE and BTE hearing aids.
For all kinds of hearing aids, do the following at night and note that before cleaning the hearing aid, you must hold it over a soft surface to avoid damage if it falls:
- Remove the batteries and leave the battery compartment open to dry overnight
- Clean the chamber of the battery with a cleaning brush
It may be useful to use a hearing aid dryer, especially if you are in a humid climate, spend a lot of time outdoors or get a lot of sweat. There are two types of dryers (dehumidifiers) for hearing aids. One kind is a simple plastic container that sucks moisture overnight. Another type is the Dry & Store unit that uses ultraviolet light and air for drying and disinfecting hearing aids. Both supplements are probably available from your healthcare provider.
Any or all of the following tools that can be applied to the hearing aid should also be on the ground:
- Hearing aid cleaning brush
- Wax pick and wire loop
Contact your healthcare provider to know which of the tools is best for your own type of hearing aid. Or you can check out the best cleaning kits for hearing aids on Amazon for all the tools you need.
Cleaning an ITE (In the Ear) Hearing Aid
The steps below will help you clean your ITE hearing aid effectively:
- While cleaning focus on the openings on the unit, including microphone jacks. Use a soft brush toothbrush or brush provided by your doctor to remove the ear wax in the hearing device.
- Hold the device with the part you are cleansing facing down, so that loose particles fall from the hearing aid instead of being stuck inside.
- Then use a wax picker or hook to remove dirt in the holes that did not come out with the brush.
- Finally use a clean, dry cloth or tissue to wipe every part of the hearing aid. This will help remove debris from the hearing aid case.
Cleaning a BTE (Behind the Ear) or Earmold Hearing Aid
Following the process below, will ensure adequate cleaning of the hearing aid:
- Locate the position of the residue in the hearing aid and remove it with a soft brush or a dry cloth.
- Take off the earmold and clean it. Some of the device especially those made of soft materials, can change color and get stains over time. Everyday wiping and soaking in a hot soap once a week will help curb that.
- Allow them to dry completely overnight before using them and do not use alcohol or other chemicals on them.
- The earmolds can start smelling over time, but a strong smell may indicate an infection of the ear. Consult your doctor if you notice it.
- With the aid of a bulb blower, pull the water out of the tube and let it completely dry overnight.
To conclude, keeping your hearing device properly cleaned is a very important step to take. It will ensure a longer life and the best performance for many years to come. If you’ve already tried cleaning your hearing amplifier and decide to replace it instead, here’s our reviews of the best hearing amplifiers on Amazon.