Back to the Basics: How to Clean Your Hearing Aids

Back to the Basics:
How to Clean Your Hearing Aids

Proper care and maintenance of your hearing aids is important for two primary reasons: it reduces the bacteria and dirt on the device itself that can lead to discomfort and even an infection, and it prolongs the life of your hearing aid investment.

Let’s break down proper hearing aid care into three basic categories:

STEP 1: Removing dirt, debris & earwax

Your hearing aids are on your body for an extended period of time, every single day. This is NOT a question of your personal hygiene but rather a fact of life – your body produces sweat, is subject to dirt, and your ears naturally produce earwax. A day or two may not be noticeable, but failure to take care of these things can be an uncomfortable and even costly mistake.

Hearing aid cleaning is a HUGE category that can be overwhelming if you’re trying to find an easy solution. There are TONS of products out there, some better than others, but the object of this article is to help you in achieving the optimum performance of your hearing aids without a costly investment.

A simple cleaning tool will often do the trick. This handy little tool includes a wax loop that can get the ear wax out of most cracks and crevices, a brush to clean away dirt and debris, and even a little magnet to assist you in changing the battery.

Following up with a simple cleaning wipe designed for hearing aids and earmolds will remove any remaining dirt and thoroughly clean your hearing aids. It is important to note that not all cleaning wipes are made the same. Please remember to use a wipe that is designed for hearing instruments and earmolds, and NEVER use alcohol on your hearing aids.

STEP 2: Removing bacteria

Bacteria of course is a problem that you can’t see with the naked eye, but rest assured that it is present on your hearing aids. While the use of a hearing aid cleaning wipe can help tremendously, the only way to be sure that you’ve killed all of the bacteria on your hearing aids is to use a UV-C light.

Luckily, most devices that incorporate a UV-C light are also designed to remove moisture from your hearing aids, allowing you to wrap up your hearing aid maintenance routine with one final step…

STEP 3: Removing moisture

To be honest, there are an abundance of hearing aid drying products on the market. You can spend a few dollars on a drying jar all the way to a couple hundred on an electronic dryer. So, let’s explore both options as its not actually a matter of price but rather your specific need.

If you are looking for something travel friendly, a portable option to stick in your gym bag, or just a quick solution for less-humid environments, we recommend a drying jar. Simply open your hearing aid battery door, set your hearing aids in the jar overnight and make sure the cap is screwed back on.

For anyone looking for a daily solution, an electronic dryer is probably your best bet-long term as it will save you money and eliminate the frustration associated with expired desiccants.

When looking at electronic dryers, you want to consider the following:

  • Most people put their dryers on their bathroom counter or a night table. In both situations, you don’t want to monopolize all of the space with a too-large drying product. Choose one that makes the most sense for you.
  • There are several electronic dryers that still utilize a replaceable desiccant. Most of these must be replaced every 1-3 months depending on your location (aka humidity levels). Keep in mind that there ARE options that are highly effective that do NOT utilize a replaceable desiccant.
  • This matters because we’re trying to get most out of your money here. We recommend a dryer that incorporates moisture removal AND sanitizing (via UV-C lights)

One fourth consideration is that if you are using Cochlear Implants, make sure that you are buying a product that is approved for your device, as this is not the case with all dryers.

Our recommendation for the best-selling, top-performing electronic dryer is the PerfectDry Lux. Not only is the product sleek and compact (translation: less counter space), but it does not use costly replaceable desiccants and it has 360-degrees of UV-C sanitization. The fast 45-minute cycle will effectively remove all of the moisture and bacteria growing on your hearing aids well before you’re ready to get up and start the day.

If you’ve made it this far and thought to yourself “this sounds like too much to remember,” you’re not alone. There IS a product available that will clean, disinfect and dry your hearing aids at the simple push of a button. The PerfectClean Hearing Aid Cleaning System is a one-step device that will take the guesswork out of your hearing aid maintenance for optimal performance.

Regardless of whether you use the cost-effective route of simple tools, or prefer the convenience of an all-in-one system, as long as you are consistently cleaning and properly maintaining your hearing aids, you’re doing it right.

 

Still have questions?

Give us a call at 800-726-0851 or email sales@adcohearing.com – our team will walk you through the right steps, and the best products to suit your needs.