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How Do I Clean My Hearing Aids And How Often Should I Clean Them?

Get The Right Tools

You’ll need a wax pick and brush. Plus, a bulb blower is necessary for tubing in the behind-the-ear style. On receiver-in-the-ear devices, wax traps and domes are replaceable components that you can change yourself at home if they become blocked with ear wax.

Get In The Habit

Be sure you don’t set up your hearing aids for accidental water damage. If your hygiene routine of showering and washing your face is a morning thing, then leave your hearing aids out of the bathroom so that you don’t accidentally leave them in when showering or knock them into the sink.

Clean Them Every Day

The time to clean your hearing aids is every night before bed. Don’t use chemical wipes or alcohol. Cleaning them before bed gives the hearing aids several hours to air out before returning to duty.

Cleaning in-the-ear hearing aids:

1) Clean the openings in the aids, including the microphone ports. Use a soft hearing aid brush to clear away built-up wax. When cleaning these openings, face the openings downward, so debris falls out rather than lodging inside.
2) Use a wax pick to clear anything out of the holes that didn’t come out with the brush.
3) Wipe the entire device with a clean, dry cloth or tissue.

Cleaning behind-the-ear hearing aids:

1) Give the aid a once over examination and remove any debris from the device with a soft brush or dry cloth.
2) Remove the earmold from the hook to clean it. Wipe the earmolds clean daily, and soak them in warm soapy water once a week. Allow the earmolds to dry completely overnight before putting them back on. They should not have a strong odor, as that is a sign of an infection growing in the earmold.
3) Force any remaining water out of the tubing with a bulb blower before allowing them to dry overnight.