How To Clean Your Hearing Aids

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If you wear hearing aids, you probably already know the basics of keeping them maintained, such as storing them in a protective case when they aren't worn and not submerging your head in water with the hearing aids on. However, they also need to be cleaned on a regular basis. This will keep them in good condition and prevent you from having to replace them. Here are some tips for keeping your hearing aids clean.

Clean Them Gently Every Day

There will be two kinds of cleaning for your hearing aids; daily cleaning and deep cleaning. When you are cleaning them every day, it is very gentle and basic cleaning. This will keep them in good condition over a prolonged period of time, but you will also need to perform deeper cleaning on a routine basis. Every day when you remove the hearing aids, wipe them with a clean, dry cloth. A microfiber cloth works well since there are no fibers or lint that will transfer to the hearing aid. Never use water or alcohol for daily cleaning. Always be sure your hands are clean and dry before you start cleaning the hearing aids.

Clean the Outside of the Hearing Aid

When you are ready to clean the hearing aid more than just a basic cleaning, start with the shell. The shell is the outer part of the hearing aid, including the part that goes inside or around your ear. The parts inside your ear can get dirty with wax, so aside from daily cleaning, you also need to add a little bit of water. Make sure you are only using a slight amount of water for this. Your cloth should never be damp or dripping, and you don't want to use any liquids other than plain water. For debris that has built-up, you can also use a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush.

Clean the Microphone

Once the shell is cleaned, you will need to clean the microphone port. This is a more delicate part of your hearing aid, so you need to be very careful with it. Flip your hearing aid upside down so the microphone port is facing down on the counter. This allows you to use the soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean debris from the microphone port onto the counter, instead of getting more lodged inside the microphone. Make sure you are extremely careful when cleaning this part of the hearing aid.

Clean the Receiver

The last thing you need to clean is the receiver. You can get wax build-up in the receiver of the hearing aid and end up dealing with failure. Inside the hearing aid's shell, you will find the receiver. It will have a rubber tubing wrapped around it. Use your brush and tissue or a microfiber cloth to gently clean the tubing and the receiver. If you do this often, the build-up won't get too bad. Since the tubing sends sound from the speaker to your ear canal, it is important to keep it as clean as possible. For assistance, talk to a professional like Jacobs Clinical Diagnostics.


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