How Do You Clean Hearing Aids?

It's important to remember to clean both your hearing aids and keep your ears clean, too. Because your hearing aids go into your ears, they can accumulate ear wax and dirt from your ears if they are not clean. The stimulation of your hearing aids inside your ear can also cause more earwax production, so you’ll want to keep them clean to avoid buildup and blockages.

We are happy to clean and perform minor repairs on your hearing aids in our office. We are often able to clean and repair your aids while you wait.  All cleaning and repairs are provided at no cost during the warranty period.

When routine cleanings do not fix a problem, we can send your hearing aids to the manufacturer.  When a hearing aid is covered under the original manufacturer warranty, there is no cost for the repair.

All hearing aids come with a 45-day no-obligation trial period, (excluding a $150 per aid restocking fee), 1 to 3 year repair warranty, and a 1 to 3 year loss and damage policy. During your warranty period, all of your follow-up visits, including all adjustments and cleanings, are at no additional charge.

 

How to Clean Hearing Aids

Because there are different types of hearing aids, there are different ways to clean your hearing aids. A hearing aid professional can give you a demonstration, but here is an online guide to help you clean your hearing aids at home: 

In-the-ear hearing aid: 

First, find the openings on your hearing aid, and check for any buildup. Face the openings downward and brush at your hearing aid with a small hearing-aid brush or toothbrush. Then, use the small hook to clear out the holes, and make sure to dislodge any debris. Lastly, wipe down your hearing aid with a clean cloth.

Behind-the-ear hearing aid:

To begin, use a soft brush to remove any dry skin from the outer casing. Next, remove the molds from your hearing aid. Wipe down the ear molds, and soak them in soapy water. Once they are dry, they can be put back into your hearing aid. Water inside the tubing can cause issues, so ensure these are as dry as possible. You can buy a dehumidifier to ensure dryness, but if you don’t have one, you can set out your hearing aids overnight to dry.

 

Hearing Aid Repairs

If you believe your hearing aid has been damaged and need repair, check these various parts of your hearing aid before calling a hearing healthcare professional.

First, make sure your hearing aid is turned on. Then, double check the volume. If it is too low, you may not be able to hear well. Check the batteries-- whether they are rechargeable or disposable, make sure they are working and that is not the issue with your hearing aid.

If you have a behind-the-ear (BTE) model, inspect the tubing. BTE tubing can sometimes become damaged or worn over time. If your tubing shows any signs of breakage, please contact our office for repair.

All hearing aids come with a 45-day no-obligation trial period, (excluding a $150 per aid restocking fee), 1 to 3 year repair warranty, and a 1 to 3 year loss and damage policy. During your warranty period, all of your follow-up visits, including all adjustments and cleanings, are at no additional charge.

 

Book a Consultation

To book a hearing aid consultation or to see if our team can help you find the best way to improve your hearing while wearing a face mask, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations.