How often should you clean your hearing aids? Would you be surprised to learn you should clean them every day? Many hearing aid owners might not know that properly cleaning their hearing aids can lead to years of quality performance and long service.
A hearing aid is a significant investment, and with diligent cleaning, it can last 5 to 7 years. Daily maintenance will help prolong and preserve the life and effectiveness of your hearing aid. A proper cleaning regimen only takes 5 minutes of your time but will pay off in the long run.
Why Clean Your Hearing Aid?
Moisture and wax can plug up the hearing aid and eventually cause damage, which is why you should clean your hearing aid daily. In the short term, wax can clog up the hearing aid receiver and block amplified sound from going to your ear. This impacts the performance of the device, but can also shorten its lifespan if not addressed.
Incorrect Cleaning Methods
It's not only important to clean your hearing aid often but to do so correctly. An improper cleaning can damage internal components, leading to costly repairs. If your device is older and out of warranty, the cost gets even bigger -- and you may be without a hearing aid while you're waiting for it to be fixed.
Here are a few things to avoid when cleaning your hearing aid:
- Never use household cleaning products on your device.
- Avoid wipes or chemicals of any kind when cleaning your device.
- Keep your hearing aid away from moisture, which can potentially damage the electrical components.
- Don't clean with openings face-up. You want anything inside the device to fall out.
- Don't poke anything inside your hearing aid, such as a paperclip or safety pin. You may pierce and damage a component inside.
Instead, focus on cleaning the openings of the device with a soft bristle brush and cleaning cloth. Most hearing aids come with tools or kits at the time of purchase. If you don't have such a kit or happen to lose it later, you can often get a replacement from us here at Virginia ENT.
Tips and Recommendations for Cleaning Hearing Aids
Here are some of our tips for keeping your hearing aids clean:
- Remove the hearing aid before using hair sprays, hair gels or makeup.
- Clean your hearing aids before bedtime, so they have several hours to air out.
- If you suffer from motor skill, memory, vision or dexterity issues, an audiologist can help teach you how to clean the aids and do maintenance.
- Having a family member there with you for this visit can be helpful, so they can learn how to clean the aid for you once or twice a week.
- If you or a loved one is in assisted living, the staff at the residence can help with hearing aid cleaning.
- A hearing aid dehumidifier is a nice accessory to have to keep hearing aids free of moisture, especially if you live in humid climates, spend a lot of time outdoors, or perspire heavily.
We encourage hearing aid owners to visit Virginia ENT at least every 6 months for routine maintenance. If you drop off your hearing aids at our office, we can clean the hard-to-reach areas, thus further extending their life. We have specialized equipment that can perform a more thorough cleaning -- but it's still important to perform daily maintenance to keep bigger problems from occurring.
If you have questions about cleaning your hearing aid, or if you'd like to bring your device in for maintenance, don't wait any longer. Call or contact us at Virginia ENT today to schedule an appointment.