When you start wearing hearing aids, you need to know the proper methods of taking care of them to keep the devices functioning properly. Regularly caring for your hearing aid will also prevent the necessity of buying them frequently. The places on the instrument that need to be cleaned include the following:

  • The microphone
  • The receiver
  • The shell

1. The hearing aid shell

The shell of the hearing device is defined as any kind of surface on the audio aid. If you wear an in-the-ear-air hearing aid, you most likely will need to clean off or remove the wax build-up. This accumulation normally is seen on the corners of the shell. If you wear a behind-the-ear hearing device, the residue from oils and dirt usually build up and appear in fissures or grooves.

If you have debris or wax build up on a hearing aid, its can create problems with how the device is fit. The added residue can also cause the user discomfort when wearing the device or may inhibit the movement of a working part such as the volume control.

2. Cleaning the microphone

Special care should be taken when cleaning the microphone, as it is one of the most delicate parts of the hearing aid. Thus, this means you should not poke anything into that part. Also, turn the hearing aid upside down so the dirty part is facing the floor. That way, any kind of loose debris will fall from the microphone and not inside it. In addition, use the brush that usually comes for cleaning with the hearing aid to wipe and sweep away debris from the port.

3. Cleaning the receiver

Other than a dead battery, a build-up of wax is the most frequent cause of failure in a hearing aid. The receiver, which is located in the shell of the hearing aid, is depicted by a hole with a rubber tube surrounding it. This tube is used to direct sound from the speaker of the device into the person’s ear. Daily cleaning, with a tissue and brush, will prevent the build-up of wax in the receiver port. Further cleaning might be required if the wax manages to get inside the receiver also. Be gentle with your cleaning efforts as using too much force can cause damage to the device.

A small wire loop, called a wax pick, which is provided with a hearing aid is pretty helpful in scooping the wax out of the receiver. To make cleaning easy, some hearing aids come with wax prevention systems for the aid’s receiver, such as a wax spring or wax guard. In order to make sure you are not doing anything wrong, discuss how to clean your hearing device with your audiologist.

How to properly clean a hearing aid

Do not use a chemical cleaner or a dripping cloth to clean a hearing device. In order to properly clean the hearing aid, you need to use a tissue to wipe the device. If there is a stubborn build-up of wax, slightly dampen the tissue. If the build-up is especially difficult to remove, use the brush that normally comes with a hearing device for cleaning.