To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your hearing aids, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential.

Earwax and Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know About Cleaning and Maintenance

by | May 30, 2023 | Earwax, Patient Resources

Hearing aids are a valuable investment for individuals with hearing loss, providing improved hearing and overall quality of life. To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your hearing aids, proper cleaning and maintenance are essential. One of the most common issues that can affect hearing aid performance is the buildup of earwax.

In this article, we will discuss the importance of cleaning and maintaining your hearing aids and share some practical tips to help you get started.

The Impact of Earwax on Hearing Aids

While earwax serves a vital function in protecting our ears from dirt, dust, and bacteria, it can also cause problems for hearing aid users. Earwax can accumulate on the hearing aid’s components, potentially leading to reduced sound quality, volume fluctuations, or even temporary device malfunction.

Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent these issues and ensure your hearing aids remain in excellent working condition.

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Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Hearing Aids

1. Establish a Daily Cleaning Routine

To keep your hearing aids functioning at their best, establish a daily cleaning routine. Use a soft, dry cloth or a specialized cleaning tool to gently wipe away any earwax, dirt, or debris from the device. Be sure to clean the microphone, receiver, and earpiece thoroughly but carefully, as these are the parts most likely to be affected by earwax buildup.

2. Clean Your Earmolds

If your hearing aids have earmolds, it's crucial to clean them regularly as well. Remove the earmolds from the hearing aid and clean them with a mild soap solution. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry before reattaching them to your hearing aids. Be sure not to use alcohol or other strong chemicals, as they can damage the material.

3. Use a Wax Removal Tool

Some hearing aids come with a wax removal tool, which can be helpful in removing earwax from hard-to-reach areas. Use this tool to gently remove any accumulated wax from the hearing aid's components. If your hearing aid did not come with a wax removal tool, consult your audiologist for guidance on alternative methods.

4. Replace Wax Guards or Filters

Many hearing aids are equipped with wax guards or filters to help prevent earwax from entering the device's internal components. These guards or filters should be replaced regularly, as instructed by your audiologist or the manufacturer's guidelines. Replacing them can help maintain your hearing aid's performance and prevent potential damage.

5. Store Your Hearing Aids Properly

When you're not wearing your hearing aids, be sure to store them in a safe, dry place. Use a protective case to minimize the risk of damage, and consider investing in a hearing aid dehumidifier to remove any residual moisture that could affect the device's performance.

6. Schedule Regular Checkups With Your Audiologist

In addition to following these cleaning and maintenance tips, it's essential to schedule regular checkups with your audiologist. They can professionally clean your hearing aids, inspect them for any signs of wear or damage, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they're functioning optimally.

Keep Your Hearing Aids in Top Condition

Proper cleaning and maintenance of your hearing aids are crucial for ensuring their longevity and performance. By following these tips and working closely with your audiologist, you can enjoy the benefits of your hearing aids for years to come.

At ZN Audiology, we’re committed to helping our patients get the most out of their hearing aids. If you have any concerns about cleaning, maintenance, or the performance of your hearing aids, reach out to our team of expert audiologists for assistance today!

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Zarina Naizam, AuD, CCC-A

Zarina Naizam, AuD, CCC-A, is a licensed clinical audiologist practicing in New York State. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in pre-med from Long Island University and a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University, Dr. Naizam specializes in adult and pediatric hearing testing, as well as the fitting, programming, and repairing of all makes and models of hearing aids. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Driven by personal experience, witnessing the impact of hearing impairment on her mother's life, Dr. Naizam became inspired to improve the lives of others through better hearing. Her passion lies in helping patients restore their ability to connect with their loved ones, recognizing the emotional impact of hearing loss on individuals and their families. To stay up-to-date with advancements in technology, she regularly attends seminars and workshops.