Your hearing aids are an investment, and, like many investments, maintenance and care are key to maximizing your dollar. Poorly maintained hearing devices can lead to poor sound quality or even devices that no longer function properly. But with just a little planning and diligence, you can handle most of the maintenance of your hearing aids at home, significantly increasing their usable life.
Home Hearing Aid Care Made Simple
Treating your hearing technology like a tiny computer — which is what it is — will help you keep in mind the best approach to its care and maintenance: like any computer, your hearing aids need to be protected from dust, debris, and moisture.
How often should I clean my hearing aids?
The materials you need to care for your hearing aids should be included when you first receive the devices from your hearing care professional.
You should clean your hearing aids at the end of every day, before you store them for the night. Your technology spends most of its time in the unique, distinct environment of your ears, where it is continuously subjected to moisture, warmth, skin acids, oils, and earwax.
Use a dry, soft cloth — do not use water or other cleaning agents — to wipe the devices free of moisture, oils, and earwax, taking care not to deposit debris and earwax into, for example, the microphone ports. After that, use a brush to remove debris from any ports and openings. However, never insert tools into the sound outlet. Doing so could damage the receiver.