How Often Should I Clean My Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are delicate pieces of electronic equipment inside hard, protective shells. Most retail stores tell new users surprisingly little about maintenance. If a customer asks how often should I clean my hearing aids they are just as likely to say bring them in every six months and we’ll sort that for you.
The reality is actually different. If you wait six months to have your hearing aids cleaned they could be completely blocked with ear wax by then. You actually need to inspect your hearing aids every time you fit them or remove them. In other words, you need to do preventative maintenance and it’s not complicated.
Blue Angels Hearing likes to do things differently. That’s because we want your hearing aids to last longer, and we are not chasing annuity income. We aim to provide all the information you need right here on this blog and our lines are open if you need more information.
You Need to Clean Your Hearing Aids Often and This Is Why
Your Ear Canals are Wax Conveyor Belts
Your ear canals are one of the major frontiers where your internal system interfaces with the outside world. Nature developed this interface on the basis it would be open to the air.
Hearing aids close this meeting point off. This is why you should inspect your hearing aids daily and clean your hearing aids of wax accumulation whenever this is necessary.
- Your ears manufacture a steady supply of small amounts of wax
- This protects the skin in your ear canal from infection and drying out
- A ‘conveyor belt’ process aided by jaw movement cleans the canal
- The wax dries out when it contacts the air, and disintegrates naturally
One of the biggest advantages of behind-the-ear hearings aids is the wax cannot block the hearing aid itself.
However, the wax can accumulate around the earbuds and block the ear tubes. This is the main reason why you should inspect your hearing aids daily, and clean your hearing aids as we describe below.
The Air is Polluted around Us
Air-born dirt has always been a hassle with spectacles, hearing aids and even the furniture in the house. A quick wipe with a cloth used to suffice, however with Covid-19 settling around us we need to take extra precautions.
Stay with us while we explain how to disinfect and clean your hearing aids quickly, easily, and most importantly, so they keep working faithfully for years and years.
What You Need to Know About Washing Hearing Aids
Are hearing aids waterproof? Well, not completely, because the access to the battery compartment is not permanently sealed. The point where you plug in the charger is also permanently open.
Are wet hearing aids a problem? They could absorb water in a cloudburst, although you could probably dehumidify them afterwards. Remove them to a safe place if you are planning singing in the rain.
So I can’t shower with my hearing aids on? Unfortunately, no you should not. You should also not swim or take a bath with them. If this happens, dry your hearing aid carefully and dehumidify them when you can.
How to Clean Your Hearing Aid Daily
- Sanitize your hands and forearms with an alcohol-based cleanser or by washing them in warm soapy water for twenty seconds
- Wait for your hands to dry. Then remove the hearing aid from your ear and separate the shell from the tube with a gentle twist
- Set the tube and earbud aside. Moisten an almost-dry cloth with a little soap and rub the shell gently all over for twenty seconds. This should sterilize the shell and remove any dirt. Wipe dry with tissue paper.
- Do not use an alcohol rub, or a chemical cleaner because the fumes could damage the delicate surfaces inside. Push the tube gently back onto the shell. Your behind-the-ear hearing aid is ready to use!
How to Clean the Tube and Earbud Weekly (Or More Often if Needed)
- Sanitize your hands and forearms with an alcohol-based cleanser, or by washing them in warm soapy water for twenty seconds.
- Wait for your hands to dry. Remove the tube from the hearing aid shell. Then gently separate the earbud from the tube with a gentle twist. Inspect both parts for wax build up.
- Moisten an almost-dry cloth with a little soap and rub the parts gently all over for twenty seconds to sanitize and remove any visible wax. Do not let water enter the tube. Use the tools provided to clear any wax at the inner entrance to the tube.
- Air-dry both parts, or de-humidify them, for an hour before reassembling your behind the ear hearing aid. You have completed cleaning your hearing aid tube and earbud. It is ready to use again!
The above may seem a little tedious. However, you should improve your hearing aid performance - and life span - by taking these simple steps, one at a time.