As we all know, our ears can be a relatively waxy place. You're probably even more aware of this if you have a hearing aid, and sometimes, taking it out at the end of the night may come with an unpleasant surprise. Of course, having excess wax is completely normal, but you want to keep your hearing solution as clean as possible so it functions properly. However, because these systems can be fairly delicate, you might be asking yourself what the best method of cleaning is.
Don't stress about it any more. We'll answer that question right here, right now!
Basic cleaning advice
Before you do any type of cleaning, be sure to wash your hands. otherwise you could just transfer more dirt on the device. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals or rubbing alcohol to clean your hearing aids as these substances could damage the delicate internal parts. Make sure your device is completely turned off by taking out the battery, and don't put it back in until the device is completely dry after cleaning.
Cleaning in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
Let's begin with cleaning ITE hearing aids. Once you take your hearing aid out, take either a soft-bristle toothbrush or gentle cloth and lightly brush at the openings of the device, such as the microphone. Be sure to hold the device so the openings are facing downwards, this way dirty will fall out and not back into the device. Next, use a wax pick to delicately remove anything from the holes that brushing did not. Finally, use the cloth to give it a last sweep and rub out any dirt on the surface of the device.
Cleaning behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTE hearing aids will follow a similar process as ITE devices. Begin by using the brush to remove loose debris. Once you're done with this, remove the earmould and soak it in warm, soapy water – be sure that it is completely dry before putting it back on, especially if your earmould is made of a softer material. Ideally, this should be done at least once a week to keep it from discolouring. However, if you notice some staining or even an odour on your device, you might want to make an appointment with your doctor, as you might have an infection.
If you think you need more tips on how to clean your specific hearing solution, just get in contact with our friendly team! Come in for a no cost* hearing consultation, click here to make a booking, or give us a call on 1800 646 168.