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How To Clean Hearing Aids

Why Clean Your Hearing Aids?

Cleaning your hearing aids is one of the most important things you can do to keep them operating in tip-top condition. Proper maintenance can literally extend the life of your hearing instruments as well.

You made a huge investment in your technology so the best money is learning how to take good care of them. On this page, you will learn not only how to keep them sounding great but what tools you can use to make it easy.

Cleaning Tips

In this video, you will see an in-depth discussion between Jesse Hidalgo, Founder of Hearing Group and Instrument Specialist Tracy Anderson about tips and tricks on how to clean your hearing aids.

This is a must-see video if you own hearing aids!

Cleaning ITE (in the ear hearing aids)

Cleaning a custom hearing aid is easy and straight forward. You need your basic cleaning tools like a vent cleaner, wax pic, and brush.

  • Start by wiping the outer shell of the aid with cleaning wipes.
  • Use the brush to clean the microphone areas found at the top of the hearing aid or faceplate.
  • Next use the wax pic to pick any wax from the tip of the hearing aid or wax basket.
  • Lastly, if you have a vent that goes from the top of the hearing aid to the bottom of the aid then use the vent cleaner to ream it through the vent.

Cleaning BTE (in the ear hearing aids)

Cleaning a RIC or BTE hearing aid is similar to cleaning a custom hearing instrument. 

  • Start by cleaning the body of the hearing aid with wipes.
  • Use the brush to gently clean the microphone areas. Typically there are two mics to clean.
  • Next, pull the dome or if applicable the earmold to thoroughly clean it.
  • Next, there is a wax basket under the dome that can be easily replaced.  Use the wax pics or disc to replace it. Earmolds may also have a wax basket, if so then replace that as well.
Cleaning Tools

Special Cleaning Tools

These hand tools are your most basic tools needed to clean your hearing aids.  Left to Right includes Vent Cleaner, Wax Pic, and Cleaning Brush.

Jodi Vac

Take your hearing aid cleaning to a whole new level. The Jovi Vac is a great consumer vacuum to clean the receiver and mics of the hearing aid.

Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry

Clean Dry

The Clean Dry is one of our favorite tools to help extend the life of your hearing aids. By using this one tool regularly most people will experience better hearing and longer life thus maximizing your investment. 


Looking for a less expensive option to help dry your hearing aids? The Sta-dri jar is small and compact using a desiccant to draw moisture out of your hearing aid. It is also a great travel size container if you are on the go.

Drying Capsule

The Sta-dri desiccant is used in the Sta-dri jar. It is replaceable. In addition, you can also rejuvenate the beads through heat.  See instructions for proper use. This is a low-cost option for keeping your hearing aids dry.

How Often Do You Need To Clean Your Hearing Aids

This is a question we get often. The best way to answer that is everyone is different. If you produce a lot of cerumen or wax then you more than likely will need to clean your hearing aids more often than someone who doesn’t.

The important thing to remember is if you do not keep a good routine your hearing instrument will fail. There are two things that kill hearing instruments the fastest, too much wax and too much moisture. 

At Hearing Group we strive to get our patients in for a clean and check once every three months.  Why not, it’s free!

Set Up A Routine

In closing, our best advice is to set up a regular routine to clean your hearing aids. A suggestion is to do it on certain days of the week consistently. 

Don’t forget that at Hearing Group clean and checks are always free. There is no charge even if you did not purchase them from HG. It’s just our way to help you stay on the path of good hearing and hearing all that life has to offer!

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