In the event that you don’t already have a regular hearing aid maintenance program set up with your hearing professional, we encourage hearing aid wearers this season to learn how to clean hearing aids at home. As perhaps the smallest, yet pertinent, piece of technology used on a daily basis, hearing aids should be regularly cleaned and handled so that they can last for years.

ITE (in the ear) model
You will want to concentrate on cleaning the holes in the device. With the use of a soft-bristle hearing aid brush (a tool normally included with hearing aids when you purchase them), hold the device and brush gently over the openings. Angle the rush downward so any particles will fall on the ground instead of inside the holes. Then, use a short wax loop (a tool also included with your hearing aids) to gently scoop out any remaining wax in the holes. Finish by wiping the device with a clean, dry tissue.

BTE (behind the ear) model
Cleaning this type of device is similar, but there are more components to be aware of. The earmold should be removed and cleaned in soapy water, and the battery should be taken out of its compartment. Then, you can use the same cleaning techniques as you would for the ITE model with a short hearing aid brush and wax loop to clean the rest of the instrument.

Avoid contact with harsh products
You should avoid using any hair products while a hearing aid is in use, as this can create a sticky surface and increase accumulation of dust and debris buildup over the faceplate as well as over the delicate microphones. These products can also cause damage to the plastic, volume control or program control of the hearing aids. Before using any body products, including face washes and creams, it’s best to remove your hearing aids and place them in a safe, dry location.

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