Hearing systems are a significant investment, so it’s good practice to learn how to clean and maintain them at home. These sophisticated, tiny marvels of technology operate in conditions that are far from ideal: the inside of your ear canals where they are subjected to earwax and moisture. Regular cleaning you can do yourself combined with routine maintenance provided by your hearing care professional will give you years of reliable better hearing.
How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing devices
When cleaning an ITE model, follow these steps:
Focus your cleaning on the openings in the device including the microphone ports using a soft-bristle toothbrush or a brush provided by your hearing healthcare professional to clear away built up wax. Hold the device with the opening you are cleaning facing downward so any loose particles will fall out of the hearing device instead of staying lodged inside.
Next, use a wax pick or hook to clear anything out of the holes that didn’t come out with the brush.
Finish by wiping the entire device with a clean, dry cloth or tissue. This will remove debris from the case of the hearing aid.
How to clean BTE (behind the ear) hearing devices
To clean a BTE hearing system and earmold, follow these steps:
Examine the device for debris and remove it with a soft brush or a dry cloth.
Remove the earmold from the hook to clean it. Some earmolds, especially those made from soft materials, can become discolored and stain over time. Wiping them clean daily and soaking them in warm, soapy water once each week will help. Allow the molds to dry completely overnight before use, and do not use alcohol or other chemicals on them. Your earmolds may develop a slight odor over time, but a strong odor could indicate you have an ear infection, so consult your hearing healthcare professional if you notice it.
Use a bulb blower to force water out of the tubing and then allow it to dry completely overnight.