Like every technological device in your home, your hearing aids need a bit of TLC to ensure they’re working at peak performance for you. The only difference is, this TLC needs to happen quite frequently, as dirt builds up quicker than you’d expect.

To give you a helping hand, we have put together 7 of the best cleaning tips to ensure that your hearing aids are properly cared for.

#1 Gather The Proper Tools

Have you ever tried cooking a new recipe before checking to see if you have everything you need, only to discover halfway through you’re missing the key ingredient? Think of your hearing aid cleaning routine as just that: it’s always best to gather the proper tools ahead of time.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Soft, dry cloth
  • Soft bristle brush
  • A wax pick
  • A special drying area and/or ball blower

#2 Don’t Be Aggressive!

When cleaning your hearing aids, try not to be aggressive and apply too much pressure, as this can easily damage your device.

#3 Avoid Cleaning Solvents

Any kind of cleaning solvent could potentially damage your hearing aids, as the chemicals may overpower the tiny mechanisms within.

#4 Clean Your Device(s) Every Day

It’s time to get yourself into a nice little routine. Whether you choose to do this at the beginning of the day or the end, making a habit of cleaning your devices every 24 hours will significantly improve their quality and lifespan.

#5 Avoid Moisture

Removing your hearing aids during your hygiene routine avoids moisture and the degrading solvents found in hair products. Also, it goes without saying that you should remember to take them out before going into a pool, hot tub, steam room, or sauna.

#6 Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Without you even realizing it, there will be places you might leave your hearing aids that won’t do them any good, such as a windowsill or even the dashboard in your car.

This is because extreme heat and UV rays can seriously impair your devices’ tiny internal mechanisms. The same also goes for extreme cold, so, a word of warning, best remove your hearing aids while shoveling snow from the sidewalk, as this exposes them to condensation.

#7 Schedule Regular Professional Cleaning And Maintenance

Just as an oil change and frequent tune-ups are necessary for your car, so is regular professional maintenance and cleaning for your hearing devices.

We recommend professional cleaning and maintenance quarterly, as we believe each season brings unique challenges to your devices or whenever you notice the slightest damage or performance changes to your device. We offer this service here at Duncan Hearing Healthcare.

So, now you know how best to look after your hearing aids, you’re good to go forth and enjoy the wonders of hearing they provide.

If you do find yourself stuck, or you need any help with cleaning, maintaining, or even repairing them, then you’re welcome to call us at one of our offices: Fall River (508) 674-3334, Hyannis (508) 862-0255, or Dartmouth (508) 910-2221, or click here to check out our hearing aid repairs service.

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Nancy Duncan, Au.D.

Dr. Duncan’s Southcoast roots run deep, establishing a special connection to the community where she practices. A homegrown product, she graduated from Somerset High, just across the Taunton from Fall River, and received her B.S. in communication disorders and psychology from Worcester State College. Her master of science in audiology was awarded at the University of Arkansas in 1997, after which she worked for several private audiology practices in Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.