A Beginner’s Guide on How to Clean a Hearing Aid

A Beginner’s Guide on How to Clean a Hearing Aid

Losing your hearing can be one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Just imagine not being able to enjoy music like you used to or have a conversation with someone sitting next to you without asking them to repeat themselves.

Thankfully, that can be remedied by using hearing aids. The down side to this is that they aren’t cheap, which is why it’s so important that you know how to clean a hearing aid.

In today’s guide, we are going to walk you through the steps for proper hearing aid cleaning, the tools you’ll need, and more.

Tools Needed For Proper Hearing Aid Cleaning

Cleaning your hearing aids isn’t like washing your glasses – you’re going to need some special tools for the job. To keep your aids in the best condition, you’ll need:

Hearing Aid Cleaning Brush

The cleaning brush is going to be useful no matter what kind of hearing aid you have. The brush features soft bristles that you’ll use to clean the body, faceplate, and/or sound port for your device.

There are some brushes that feature a magnetic battery removal tool that’ll make removing the batteries a little easier. This tool is excellent for those who have dexterity problems.

Wax Pick And Wire Loop 

These two tools will help you to get inside the hearing aid to remove debris and any wax build up.


 If you don’t want to have multiple tools laying around that could get lost, you can get a multi-tool. It combines the brush and wax loop all in one convenient tool.

Disinfecting Wipes

 Cleaning your hearing aids isn’t just about removing the wax buildup from inside the device, you’ll want to clean the outside too. The disinfecting wipes are moist enough to clean away any wax or dirt and disinfect the device without worrying about excess moisture causing damage to the hearing aid.

How To Clean Behind The Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

If you have a behind the ear hearing aids, follow these steps to clean your hearing aid properly:

  • ​Look at your hearing aid to find any debris. If there is some, use a disinfecting wipe or your hearing aid cleaning brush.
  • ​Take the earmold off of the hook so you can clean it. It’s important to note that some earmolds will discolor and even get stained over time. You can delay this from happening by soaking the soft earmolds in warm soapy water once a week. We recommend doing this right before bed so that you can allow the earmold to dry overnight.
  • Use a bulb blower to push out any excess water from the tubing. Allow it to air dry overnight before putting everything back together.lement

​​How To Clean In The Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

If you have a hearing aid that sits inside your ear, you will want to follow these steps:

  • ​Use a soft bristle brush to clean the openings of your hearing aid. This includes the microphone port. As you do this, the opening you are cleaning should be pointing downward so that any loose debris or wax will fall out of the opening.
  • ​Use your wax pick or wire loop to clear away any remaining wax from the openings.
  • ​With all the openings cleaned, you will want to use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away any lingering dust or wax particles from the case of your hearing aid.

​Tips For Caring For Your Hearing Aids

Knowing how to clean a hearing aid is only a small part of keeping your devices in proper working order. Here are some other useful tips for hearing aid users:

  • ​Clean your hearing aids over a towel or another soft surface. The soft surface will protect your hearing aid should you accidentally drop it while cleaning.
  • ​You should never use water, cleaning solutions, rubbing alcohol, or other chemicals to clean your devices because the liquid could cause some damage. Also, if you’re going to use tissues to clean your hearing aids, make sure the tissue isn’t infused with aloe or lotion.
  • ​Incorporate cleaning your hearing aids into your daily routine. We recommend doing a quick wipe down with a soft cloth at the beginning of the day and then a thorough cleaning at the end of the day so the different components have a chance to dry thoroughly.
  • When using a cloth to clean your hearing aids, make sure you wash the cloth regularly to prevent any debris, dirt, oils, and wax going back onto your device.
  • Always make sure your hands and clean and dry before doing anything with your hearing aid.
  • Always keep your hearing aid in the case the devices come in. This case will ensure your devices are safe, secure, and dust-free when the hearing aid isn’t being used.
  • You should never try to repair your hearing aid on your own because you could damage the device even further. If you think there’s something wrong with your hearing aid, take it to your hearing aid specialist.

​Final Thoughts ​On Hearing Aid Cleaning

Knowing how to clean a hearing aid is important because earwax and dust can get into the tiny openings and make it difficult to hear. When you get your first pair of hearing aids, your hearing aid specialist will go over proper hearing aid cleaning and the tools needed to do a good job.

We hope that this step by step guide was able to provide you with the necessary information that’ll keep your hearing aids in top shape.

We do recommend that you take your hearing aids to your specialist about every six months for a thorough cleaning, as they have special tools that can remove wax and debris from the harder to reach areas.

​Leave us a comment below and tell us your hearing aid cleaning routine. Do you prefer to clean them at the start of your day or is it one of the last things you do before bed? We’d love to hear from you!

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