How to Clean and Maintain Your Hearing Aids
Today’s hearing aids employ advanced technologies in order to improve your hearing.
Keep in mind the following suggestions to help you keep your hearing aids clean and in proper working order:
- Wipe the outside of the hearing aid daily with a soft, dry cloth or tissue to keep it free of wax and excess moisture. There are many delicate parts inside a hearing aid that you cannot reach. Since moisture is insidious, a good investment would be a hearing aid dehumidifier. This might sound like an exotic piece of equipment, but most neighborhood drugstores stock hearing aid dehumidifiers.
- Hearing aids often come with a specific tool or brush to remove wax from the hearing aid speaker and microphone screens — use this tool daily. If you find that you have an excess amount of wax, you might consider getting a plastic cap that most manufacturers offer. This convenient cap fits over your hearing aid speaker and pops off for easy cleaning.
- In addition to using the humidifier, a good practice is to leave the battery compartment or casing open at night so that fresh air can enter the hearing aid and dry it more completely.
- BTE hearing aids have a tube that connects the inner ear piece to the outer shell of the hearing aid — this tube should be removed and replaced regularly to avoid obstructions.
- Never attempt to clean a hearing aid by inserting pins or toothpicks into any openings as it is easy to damage the internal parts.
If you are unsure how to clean your hearing aid or if these suggestions make you cringe, talk to your audiologist about getting your hearing aids professionally cleaned.
Hearing aids should be professionally cleaned every three to six months. If your aids are due for a cleaning, call 214-417-3274 to schedule an appointment.