You can’t always go into an audiologist’s office for hearing aid care. Maintaining and cleaning your hearing aids at home is an alternative that prolongs the life of your device. Here are the DIY tools you’ll need to keep your devices clean and performing longer.
You'll want to maximize the lifespan of your hearing aids
to keep them functioning as long as possible. One way to do this is through regular cleaning.
The two most dangerous elements to a hearing aid are moisture and earwax. Moisture and earwax wear down the electrical components in a hearing aid, so it helps to proactively guard against them.
A soft bristled brush helps remove dirt, dandruff, and other particulates that naturally settle in the shell. You can also use the bristles of the brush to get inside the holes of the hearing aid – just be sure to wipe away from the hearing aid
, moving particulates out, not in. The whole point is to remove away any foreign objects from the precious electrical components of the device, so brush away from the hearing aid holes, never into them. You can use the brush in your default hearing aid accessories kit, or pick up any toothbrush laying around the home.
2. Wax Pick
A wax pick is a tool with a wire loop on the end. Insert it into the opening of a hearing device. Use it to pull out any particles of earwax or skin that have accumulated inside. In a spoon-like motion scoop anything that might have accumulated in there.
3. Ventilation Cleaner
The ventilation cleaner is used to remove moisture and earwax from the vent hole. Ventilation cleaners resemble pipe cleaners but are shorter and more bendable. There is a continuous hole in in-the-ear hearing devices which this tool is perfect for! Simply run the ventilation tool through the vent hole until you see it popping out from the other side. With a dry tissue or dry towel clean the excess moisture and earwax which the vent cleaner pushed out.
The multitool is the Swiss Army Knife of hearing aid cleaning. Multitools features various components, including wax picks, brushes, and vent cleaners. They can be purchased online, or in-person from a hearing care professional.
When purchasing a multitool, opt for one made of stainless steel. That way you avoid rust. Multiple negative online reviews also recommend staying away from cheap, flimsy, plastic tool kits. Cleaning products which are not sturdy, or made up to quality will ultimately frustrate you, and not make you not want to use them.
5. Wax Filter
Wax filters reside in speakers. They keep earwax out! These should be replaced once every two months. Make sure not to insert a wax pick or a ventilation cleaner through or around a wax filter; the filter is there so that these tools are not needed. Wax filters are typically seen in Behind-the-Ear models.
Work now, save money later
These are the products you should include in your hearing aid cleaning kit. You can find these products online, in stores, or ENT/audiologist offices. Opt for sturdier tools as opposed to cheap tools, as they will motivate you to clean your device. Stay motivated to extend the life of your product by regular, conscientious maintenance.
Making them a part of your nightly ritual
When handling or cleaning a hearing aid make sure you hold it over a soft surface to avoid damaging the device if you drop it. Generally, you want to wipe down your hearing aids
and earpieces with a soft tissue or cloth at the end of the day when you retire for bed. Cleaning your hearing aids is a good habit to get into, especially since many models are rechargeable – and the recharge happens overnight.
If you have further questions read this article on hearing aid maintenance - or talk to one of our hearing aid specialists today! You may be qualified for a free hearing test
at an audiology clinic near you. Don't wait to fix your hearing - learn more!