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How To Clean Your Hearing Aid The Easy Way

Hearing aids are delicate pieces of electronic technology, and they should be treated as such. Unfortunately, some people get brand new hearing aids and simply wear them continuously until they are completely destroyed by the buildup of wax, oils, and dirt. The good news: It doesn't have to be that way. Maintaining your new hearing aid can be as simple as doing the proper cleaning on a daily basis. Your hearing aid is made up of three parts. Read on to learn how to care for each of them.

The Shell 

The shell of the hearing aid goes either outside your ear (behind the ear) or inside the ear canal. The in-ear shells often get a large amount of waxy buildup very quickly. The behind-ear shells don't get wax on them, but they do attract body oils and dirt. The easiest way to clean a shell of either type is to use a clean cloth or tissue to wipe it off.

Do this at the end of each day to avoid significant wax, oil, or dirt buildup. Never wet the cloth or tissue, as the liquid can seep into the electronic components in the shell and cause a short-circuit. 

The Receiver

The receiver, a small tube that conveys the sound into your ear, can get clogged with waxy buildup very easily. Clean the receiver the same way that you clean the shell: Wiping daily with a clean cloth or tissue (no water) will usually get the job done. 

In the event that the receiver gets completely clogged with wax, you can use a wax pick to remove it. The wax pick has a tiny wire loop that can gently scoop out wax without damaging the receiver. Your audiologist will usually give you a wax pick when you get a new hearing aid. 

The Microphone

The microphone needs to be handled with special care because it is quite delicate. The many tiny holes in the microphone make it a prime area for dirt to collect. To remove some of that dirt, simply hold the microphone so the holes face the floor. Some debris may fall out on its own when you shake it. 

To remove any dirt that is lodged inside, use a specially designed hearing aid brush. Your audiologist will normally give you this brush, along with the wax pick, when you are fitted with your new hearing aid. Keeping the microphone positioned face down, use the brush in a sweeping motion. This will usually dislodge any remaining dirt and debris. This is best done on a daily basis, when you clean the shell and the receiver.

Never poke a toothpick or pin into the microphone holes. If there is still buildup after cleaning with a brush, talk to your audiologist about a professional cleaning. 

You may have heard that hearing aids are difficult to clean, but as the tips above show, that is far from the truth. Just clean your hearing aid daily, and call your audiologist with any issues, to get the best lifespan from it!

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