A Guide To Caring for Your Hearing Aids

DIY upkeep is an important part of owning and maintaining hearing aids. With proper care, your hearing aids will work better for longer. 

Regular hearing aid cleaning, correct storage and some basic maintenance will reduce the number of times you need to visit your hearing care provider for servicing and repairs. This will save you time and could save you money.

Caring for your hearing aids can seem daunting at first. Rest assured, after a little practice knowing how to clean your hearing aids will feel natural.

If you’re looking for some guidance on storing, cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids, this guide will walk you through what you need to know.

8 Tips To Keep Your Hearing Aids Out of Harms Way

Hearing aids are reasonably robust, but there are some things you can do to ensure they remain in working order longer. Most importantly, keep them as dry as possible, don’t force them open and be gentle when handling them.

  1. Gently clean your hearing aids every other day with a soft, dry tissue.
  2. Don’t place your hearing aids down in wet areas like the bathroom or kitchen. This will help void any accidents.
  3. Avoid using excess hairspray and other sticky or gooey hair products while wearing your hearing aids. Gels, creams, liquids and aerosols can build up inside your hearing aids and cause problems.
  4. Keep pets and children away from your hearing aids. Small hearing aids are a choking hazard, and some animals might like to chew on them.
  5. Disposable batteries can run out in a few days, especially if you have a hearing aid with many features. Carry spare batteries and replace them as soon as they go dead.
  6. Please turn off your hearing aids when you’re not using them. Open up the battery compartment to allow the hearing aids to air out.
  7. Store your hearing aids in a safe place like the top drawer of a dressing table or a locked cupboard. If you live in a humid environment, a dehumidifier or drying case is recommended.
  8. Keep your hearing aids out of direct sunlight for long periods and avoid leaving them in a hot car in the summertime. Excess heat can damage sensitive components.

Keeping Your Ears Clean

Keeping your ears clean is an important part of caring for your hearing aids.

While in and on your ears, hearing aids come into contact with earwax and skin debris.  Therefore, if you keep your ears clean, it’s easier to keep your hearing aids clean.

Hearing aids stimulate earwax production and make it more difficult for earwax and debris to escape your ears.

Clean the entrance to your ears regularly with a warm moist cloth. This will help to clear earwax and skin debris that has worked its way to the surface of your ear.

Some people may experience blocked ears from earwax and debris or more troublesome earwax impaction. If that’s the case, it’s best to have your ears cleaned professionally

Don’t try to clean inside your ears with earbuds, q-tips, or bobby pins. You could easily push earwax or debris further into your ear, or even perforate your eardrum.

Cleaning Signia Hearing Aids

This selection of videos by Signia demonstrates how to clean a range of hearing aids, including:

  • BTE (behind-the-ear)
  • ITE (in-the-ear)
  • RIC (receiver-in-canal).

Signia has more videos available on their YouTube Channel, such as handling specific hearing aid models.

WIDEX Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance

This video by WIDEX shows you how to change the battery or wax guard and clean your WIDEX hearing aids.

More videos are available on the WIDEX YouTube channel.

Cleaning and Care of Phonak Hearing Aids​​​

Step by step instructions how to lean and care for various Phonak hearing aids including:

  • receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aids
  • custom (ITE) hearing aids
  • hearing aids with an earmould
  • hearing aids with a slim tube.

More Phonak videos are available on their YouTube Channel.

ReSound Hearing Aid Cleaning and Care

A selection of videos on how to clean and take care of ReSound hearing aids. 

More videos o ReSound hearing aids are available on their YouTube Channel.

This page was written by Marcus Chadwick and reviewed by Ron Trounson Charge Audiologist at Ear Health on:

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