Got New Hearing Aids? Here’s How to Clean and Care for Them
Have you just purchased your first pair of hearing aids? Hearing devices are a life-changing investment, so you’ll want to ensure you learn to care for and maintain them to ensure they’ll last you for many years.
Your hearing aids will accompany you day in, day out, which means they’ll potentially be exposed to dust, liquids, ear wax, and oil. While you should schedule regular professional hearing aid cleanings with your hearing care provider, it’s the daily maintenance and care procedures you put in that ensure the longevity of your devices.
We’ve chatted to Attune Hearing healthcare providers about the top tips to extend the life of your hearing aids. Here’s what we’ve learned!
Why do Your Hearing Aids Need Cleaning?
Not unlike other pieces of technology, hearing aids function the best when they’re well cared for. Especially our hot and humid Australian summers can be hard on sophisticated tech and have sweat and earwax build up faster than you’d like.
Establishing a proper cleaning routine will avoid the accumulation of dirt and bacteria that can muffle your hearing aids’ sound quality and potentially risk your hearing health.
Poorly cared for hearing aids can increase your risk for middle ear infections (otitis media), which makes wearing hearing aids incredibly painful. This is one of the reasons why you need to clean your hearing aids regularly.
How to Clean Your Hearing Aids – Step by Step
1. Wipe them down with a soft, dry cloth.
Never use a wet cloth to clean your hearing aids or wipes that contain alcohol or other chemicals as they may cause damage. Instead, before storing them away every evening, use a dry cloth or tissue to wipe any grime or dirt off your hearing aids.
2. Remove and wash earmoulds.
If you have purchased a set of RIC or BTE hearing aids, remove any ear moulds before proceeding to clean your hearing aids. Earmoulds are made of soft or hard plastic, so once you’ve removed the moulds, you can wash them with mild, gentle soap and warm water. Make sure the moulds are completely dry before reattaching them.
3. Use the correct tools.
No, an old toothbrush is not it. If you’ve purchased a pair of new hearing aids, you should also add a hearing aid cleaning kit to your shopping list. These are made especially for this purpose and ensure you’re not accidentally causing more harm than good. They usually contain a wax pick and a gentle, small brush – perfect maintenance tools for your hearing aids.
4. Make it a habit.
One of the best ways to keep your hearing aids clean and avoid costly repairs is to incorporate the cleaning of your hearing aids into your daily routine. You’ll find that it becomes quite easy after the first couple of weeks, and you won’t even have to think about it.
Cleaning Tips for New Hearing Aid Owners
Get the proper tools
Hearing aids are an investment, so you want to do everything you can to ensure they work for as long as possible. This means cleaning them properly.
A wax pick and brush are indispensable for cleaning your hearing aids at home. Earwax can build up around the site of the hearing aid where the sound comes out, resulting in muffled sound or feedback. If left long enough, the earwax can damage the receiver.
When you notice a build-up of wax or the sound becomes muffled, use your wax pick and brush to clean your hearing aids thoroughly.
Develop good habits
When cleaning your new hearing aids, you must develop good habits.
Therefore, you should create a routine to follow when cleaning your hearing aids. For example:
- Always wash your hands before cleaning your hearing aids
- Leave your hearing aids out during your hygiene routine
- Shower and wash your face and hair without your hearing aids so water and soap can’t damage them
- Put your hearing aids in after you finish your hygiene/cosmetic routine
Clean your device every day
Another aspect to add to your routine is to clean your hearing aids every day. Cleaning your hearing aid before going to bed allows them several hours to air out and be fresh for when you put them back in.
When you clean your hearing aids, avoid using wipes with chemicals or alcohol as they could damage the devices.
Get your hearing aids cleaned professionally
If you don’t have the time or are worried you’ll damage your hearing aids when you clean them, why not get them cleaned professionally?
Visit your nearest audiologist to give your hearing aids a professional clean. They know what it takes to clean your hearing aids without damaging them, so you can rest assured you’ll get your hearing aids back sparkly clean and ready for use.
Get Your Hearing Tested at Attune
Have you noticed that your hearing has deteriorated and think you may need hearing aids? Book a hearing test at Attune to be sure!
We offer comprehensive hearing tests where we discover the type and severity of your hearing loss and, if needed, will provide advice on the best hearing aids for your hearing loss.
You can book an appointment online or call us on 1300 736 702.