How to Clean Your 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 even extend the life of your hearing instruments and save you money.
You already made a big investment in your hearing technology, so it is a good idea to learn how to take good care of them. Hearing Group will teach you how to keep your hearing aids sounding great as well as what hearing aid cleaning tools you can use to make cleaning easy.
Learn how to clean your hearing aids with Hearing Group or come in and visit our hearing specialists at your local hearing center. Find our stores throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.
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.
Check out this must-see video and see how we use hearing aid cleaning tools to keep your hearing instruments working perfectly.
Cleaning ITE (in the ear hearing aids)
Cleaning a custom hearing aid is easy and straightforward. All you need is your basic hearing aid cleaning tools, like a vent cleaner, wax pick, and brush.
- Start by wiping the outer shell of the hearing 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 pick 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 to the bottom of the hearing aid, 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.
- Lastly, there is a wax basket under the dome that can be easily replaced. Use the wax picks or disc to replace it. Earmolds may also have a wax basket; if so, replace that as well.
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.
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
The CleanDry 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 hearing aid life, thus maximizing your investment.
Looking for a less expensive hearing aid dryer? The Sta-Dri jar is small and compact and uses a desiccant to draw moisture from your hearing aid. Its travel-size container is ideal if you are on the go.
The Sta-Dri desiccant is used in the Sta-Dri jar. In addition to being replaceable, you can also rejuvenate the beads through heat. See our instructions for proper use. This is a low-cost option for keeping your hearing aids dry.
Keeping Your Hearing Aids Dry
The answer to how often you need to clean your hearing aids is that everyone is different. If you produce a lot of cerumen or wax, then it is more than likely that you will need to clean your hearing aids more often than someone who doesn’t.
The important thing to remember is that if you do not keep a good cleaning routine, your hearing instruments will fail. Two things cause your hearing instruments to fail the fastest — too much wax and too much moisture.
At Hearing Group, we strive to get our patients to come and visit us once every three months for a free hearing aid clean and check-up.
Contact Hearing Group for hearing aid repairs and advice and let our friendly hearing specialists look after your hearing needs.
Set up a Cleaning Routine
Ultimately, our best advice is to set up a regular hearing aid cleaning routine. Our suggestion is to do it consistently on certain days of the week so that it becomes second nature.
Don’t forget that our hearing aid cleaning and checks are always free, so there is no charge even if you did not purchase your hearing aids from
Hearing Group. This is just our way to help you stay on the path of good hearing!
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