When you are given hearing aids by your hearing health professional, you should be taught how to take care of them properly. The hearing aids that you wear in your ears (or behind your ears, if that may be the case) have to be kept clean so that they can work to their best. High-quality hearing aids are delicate, and the idea that you shouldn't take care of them properly is a false one. Poorly maintained hearing aids are going to reduce their lifespan, and you will find that your hearing aids don't work anywhere near as well if they are full of debris.

It's important, therefore, that you learn how to maintain and clean your hearing aids correctly. Your hearing health professional will talk you through the correct handling and cleaning procedures, but they can't make you do it. So, you have to learn how and make sure that you stay on top of your cleaning routine every single day so that your hearing aids work for as long as possible. These hearing aids need attention, and you want to ensure that you prevent your hearing aids from falling into disrepair. With this in mind, we've got some steps to help you to clean your hearing aids properly every single time.

Cleaning steps

  • Wash your hands before you handle your hearing aids. They should be clean, and then you should dry them thoroughly so that no moisture gets into them.
  • Take the battery out so that you don't damage it during the cleaning process. Place it in the hearing aid case and away from any potential water splashes.
  • Use a brush and a wax pick to clean out the microphone for any ear wax that may have gathered on top of the microphone.
  • Focus on the openings in the hearing aid casing and brush off dirt deposits that have built up.
  • Use a soft cloth to clean the earmold. Take it out of the device and soak it in water that is warm and soapy. Leave to dry thoroughly before putting it back together.
  • Put your hearing aids into a specific drying jar so that they are completely dry before you use them again.

Things to remember

While every precaution can be taken when you are cleaning your hearing aids, you have to make sure that you are setting time aside to clean them properly. When you forget to do this, you risk a buildup of dirt and debris that could break your hearing aids. So many hearing aid users don't give themselves the time to clean their hearing aids properly, which is a cause for them breaking down.

One false move when you are cleaning can break any number of the frail pieces of your hearing aids. The inside of the hearing aid is fragile, and you need the right accessories to ensure that your hearing aids are cleaned properly. A brush and a wax pick are your best tools for cleaning your hearing aids, and you should always avoid any chemical solutions on your hearing aids.