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How to Clean and Store Your Hearing Aids to Prevent Wax Build-Up

Patients who wear their hearing aids every day are doing wonders for their independence and cognitive skills, but they can also be frustrated when their devices break down. Daily wear can cause earwax, hair, and debris to become lodged in the ports of the device, blocking sound or creating annoying feedback. In these cases, a simple cleaning procedure may be all that is needed to put a device back to rights.

How to Clean Your Hearing Aids

Most hearing aids come with a tool kit to perform light maintenance and cleaning. These kits often contain a cleaning brush and some kind of tool to remove wax, such as a pick, hook, or wire loop. If your device did not come with one of these kits, they can be purchased inexpensively from your hearing care provider.

To clean a behind-the-ear hearing aid, unhook the tubing from the device. Clean the plastic tubing with warm soapy water and allow it to dry overnight. Brush the outside of the device to remove debris from the casing and remove any earwax from grooves and vent holes with the wax pick.

If you have an in-the-ear ITE hearing aid, you should begin by brushing down the entire device, focusing on the holes and grooves in the device. Use the wax pick or loop to carefully remove wax and debris from the microphone ports and vent holes. Before reinserting the hearing aid, be sure to wipe down the entire device with a dry tissue or microfiber cloth to remove dirt and oil.

Storage and Daily Wear Tips to Prevent Hearing Aid Damage

In addition to a regular cleaning regimen, hearing loss patients can take daily care of their devices to reduce buildup and risks of damage to their sensitive devices, including:

  • Morning. To protect your device from moisture, always put your hearing aids in after washing your face, putting on makeup, shaving, showering, or using hair sprays or perfumes.
  • Daytime. If you clean your device during the day, always use a dry cloth or tissue rather than a moist cleaning wipes or chemical product.
  • Night. Open the battery compartment of your hearing aid and remove the batteries before storing overnight. This allows built-up moisture to escape more easily.

Our hearing care providers can perform extensive cleaning services on your device right in our offices, using specialized tools that can restore sound without risking damage to your device. Call or visit one of our office locations to have our hearing specialists examine and restore your hearing aid today!