How to Clean Your Hearing Aid Earmold
Hearing aids are essential to the daily lives of all who use them but they can suffer from maintenance issues if you don’t practice cleaning and taking care of them. Your hearing specialist will likely have recommended a few good practices that will help you keep your hearing aids cleaned, but you may eventually forget them or neglect taking care of your hearing aids. In situations like this, it’s good to remind yourself of how to clean them so that they don’t suffer from problems in the future.
One of the biggest offenders is your hearing aid mold. Since this is the part that is inserted into your ear, it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis because it can easily pick up moisture, earwax and sweat from your ears due to the material that it is made from. This creates a lot of bacteria that can stick to the hearing aid and eventually become a hygiene issue.
Establishing a routine
One of the first things to consider is that cleaning your hearing aids should become a routine. Much like cleaning glasses or brushing your teeth, it should be something that you do without much thought at the end or start of every day. Set up a routine so that once your day has finished, you clean your hearing aids in the bathroom with the right cleaning tools and then leave them to dry overnight in a clean and cool environment. Once you’ve established a routine and made it a part of your life, maintaining your hearing aids becomes much easier.
Using the right cleaning tools
You should be using a wax pick or brush to clean out any debris from your hearing aids and the mold, then you should be using a clean damp cloth to wipe off any sweat and grime. Avoid using alcohol-based cleaning solutions and wipes because they can become damaging to the mold and the device itself. Each hearing aid can be different so it’s important to ask your hearing aid specialist for advice on which kinds of wipes and solutions to use in order to give your mold a thorough clean. We recommend speaking to your hearing aid specialist first so that you don’t use something that could ultimately damage your hearing aids.
Cleaning your hearing aid mold
For cleaning your hearing aids, you should make sure to examine them thoroughly for debris and earwax before you do anything. After your visual inspection, you should clean off anything that is stuck to your hearing aid mold and then you can proceed to wipe it down with a damp cloth. If your hearing aid mold is removable, then you should consider soaking it in warm soapy water each week to help remove any smells or grime buildup that have affected it. If your hearing aid mold isn’t removable, then you will need to just use wipes that aren’t too harsh. Another tool to use is a bulb blower which can be used to shake up any dust and debris that is actually inside your hearing aid so that they can be removed.
Prevention is the best solution
Preventing grime, dirt and other issues from affecting your hearing aids is one of the best ways to take care of it. Cleaning your hearing aid mold doesn’t take much time but being able to prevent it in the first place is one of the keys to taking good care of your hearing aid mold. We would recommend that you take out your hearing aid when it’s not needed, such as removing it when you’re doing something that doesn’t require you to have your full range of hearing.
If you plan to do exercise then taking your hearing aids out is a good idea so that they don’t build up with sweat and grime. We also recommend that you do not use your hearing aids when there’s going to be a lot of dust and debris around, such as if you’re planning to use heavy machinery that can produce a lot of dust.
Contact West Family Hearing today
If you’d like to learn more about your hearing aids or would like further advice on cleaning them, then get in touch with us at (425) 245-8507.