Your hearing aids are an investment in your quality of life, to ensure that they stay in good working order, regular cleaning and maintenance is necessary. As an audiologist, it is very important to me that my patients are getting the most benefit from their hearing aids and not find them a nuisance or a hassle.

By developing a habit of routine cleaning, we are able to keep your hearing aids working their best for years to come. I have created this guide to help my patients get in the habit of keeping their aids well-maintained.

A few tips first:

  • Have the proper tools for the job: A pick for wax and a brush are essential for cleaning. Some devices even come with a multi-tool with both of these and a few other handy tools for things like changing your batteries.
  • Don’t put your hearing aids in until you’ve finished getting ready for the day: Water and chemicals can do a number on these tiny, sophisticated devices. Leave them out when you shower or wash your face and put them in after using hair products.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures: If you take your hearing aids out on a hot day to enjoy the pool or on a very cold day to shovel snow, make sure you leave your hearing aids inside where they won’t be damaged by the extreme temperatures.
  • Clean your hearing aids before bedtime over a soft surface: It is also fine to clean them before you put them in for the day, but by cleaning them at night, they have several hours to air out before use.
  • Remove the batteries at night and keep the compartment open to promote ventilation.

How to Clean in the Ear Hearing Aids

  1. Use a dry cloth wipe (usually included with your hearing aid) to clean the surface of your hearing aid of wax and buildup. Do not use water, cleaning fluids, solvents, or alcohol to clean your device as this could damage it.
  2. Use a brush to clear wax from around the sound outlet and ventilation openings by inserting the brush and twisting.
  3. Check the wax filter to see if it needs replacement.

For a video on how to clean in the ear aids, see Oticon’s guide.

How to Clean Behind the Ear Hearing Aids

  1. Wipe down the speaker unit and shell with a dry cloth. Do not use water, cleaning fluids, solvents, or alcohol to clean your device as this could damage it. Also, do not clean the silicone tips that cover the speaker unit as they should be replaced monthly.
  2. If your device has an earmold, wipe it down with a dry cloth.
  3. Clean the thin clear tube with a bulb blower or brush (whatever was provided with your purchase) if you notice any blockages or sounds are distorted.
  4. Check the wax filter to see if it needs replacement.

For a video on how to clean behind the ear aids, see Oticon’s guide.

If you are experiencing any issues with your hearing aids, see An Audiologist’s Tips for Troubleshooting Common Hearing Aid Problems or contact one of the experts at Scottsdale ENT today.

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital, and clinical settings.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.