How to Clean Hearing Aid Accessories

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At Audi Hearing Clinic, understanding the maintenance of your hearing aid accessories is crucial for optimal performance and longevity. This guide provides comprehensive instructions to ensure your devices remain in excellent condition.

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Key Takeaways

  • Consistent Cleaning Enhances Performance: Regular cleaning of hearing aids not only maintains hygiene but also ensures optimal sound quality and functionality, preventing blockages that can impair performance.
  • Specialised Tools Are Crucial: Utilising tools specifically designed for hearing aid maintenance, like soft brushes and wax pickers, can significantly extend the life and efficiency of the devices without risking damage.
  • Professional Check-Ups Are Essential: Annual servicing by professionals can address deep cleaning needs, software updates, and component checks that are not manageable at home, ensuring your hearing aids operate perfectly.
  • Preventative Measures Save Costs: Simple preventative steps such as using a dehumidifier, avoiding direct heat, and handling hearing aids over soft surfaces can prevent damage and save on costly repairs or replacements. 

Cleaning Procedures

Hearing aid accessories require meticulous care to function properly. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to keep these delicate devices clean.

Daily Cleaning

  1. Wipe the Surface: Using a soft, dry cloth, gently wipe the surface of your hearing aids and accessories every night to remove earwax and debris.
  2. Brush Off: Clean the area surrounding the microphone ports and other apertures with a soft-bristled brush designed exclusively for hearing aids.

Weekly Deep Cleaning

  1. Damp Cloth: Once a week, use a slightly damp cloth with mild soap to cleanse the body of the hearing aids, avoiding any openings to prevent water damage.
  2. Dry Thoroughly: After cleaning, ensure all components are completely dry before reassembling or inserting batteries. 

Safe Handling Practices

  • Avoid Water: Never submerge your hearing aids or their accessories in water. If exposed to moisture, use a drying kit or dehumidifier designed for hearing aids.
  • Storage: When not in use, store your hearing aids in a dry, cool storage case to avoid damage from humidity and temperature fluctuations.

Continuing from the concise guidelines on maintaining and cleaning hearing aids and their accessories, here’s a deeper dive into preserving the functionality and hygiene of these critical devices.

Understanding the Importance of Regular Maintenance

The Connection Between Cleanliness and Performance

Keeping your hearing aids clean isn’t just about hygiene; it directly impacts your performance and your hearing experience. Earwax, dust, and moisture can clog the microphone and receiver, causing poor voice quality and even temporary malfunction. Regular cleaning ensures that your hearing aids provide excellent sound clarity and prevent unnecessary repairs.

Enhancing the Lifespan of Your Hearing Aids

With proper care, hearing aids can last much longer. By following the recommended cleaning routines and handling practices, you can safeguard your investment from common hazards such as moisture, earwax buildup, and accidental drops.

Detailed Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Monthly Check-Ups

Take at least once a month to complete a comprehensive check-up of your hearing aids.

  1. Earwax Buildup: Ensure that any accumulated wax is removed from the sound outlet and vent.
  2. Filter Replacement: Depending on your model, replace the wax filter or consult with Audi Hearing Clinic on how often your specific model needs this change.

Annual Professional Servicing

While daily and monthly maintenance can be done at home, an annual check-up is advisable. During this visit, a professional can:

  • Deep clean parts that are hard to reach or delicate to handle.
  • Check for any internal issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
  • Update software and make adjustments to ensure the hearing aids are optimised for your current hearing needs.

The Role of Professional Cleaning Tools

It is important to invest in a specific hearing aid cleaning kit. These kits typically include tools specifically designed to clean hearing aids without damaging them:

  • Soft Brush: Used to gently clean debris from the microphone and speaker.
  • Wax Picker/Loop: To carefully remove stubborn wax build-up.
  • Vent Cleaner: To clear any blockages in the vent.

Using these tools as part of your routine maintenance can significantly extend the functionality and hygiene of your hearing aids.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Despite regular maintenance, you might encounter some issues with your hearing aids. Here are some common concerns and how to solve them:

  • Feedback or Whistling: This often indicates that the hearing aid is not inserted properly or that there is too much earwax blocking the ear canal.
  • Muffled Sound: This could be due to a blocked sound outlet or microphone port. Check and clean these areas carefully.
  • Dead Sound: First, check the battery. If a new battery doesn’t resolve the issue, the hearing aid might need professional repair.

Tips for Specific Types of Hearing Aids

Different types of hearing aids might require slightly different care. For instance:

  • Behind-The-Ear (BTE) Models: Pay special attention to the tubing. Before reattaching the tube to the earmold, remove it and wash it with soapy water.
  • In-The-Ear (ITE) Models: Focus on cleaning the microphone and speaker openings with your brush and wax loop, as these are integral to the device’s functionality.


Maintaining your hearing aids through regular cleaning and careful handling is paramount for their longevity and your auditory experience.  Audi Hearing Clinic is here to assist with comprehensive support and professional services. Contact us for personalised care and expert advice on maintaining your hearing aid accessories.


Use a soft, dry brush to gently remove earwax accumulation daily. For stubborn residues, consider a wax pick or loop, ensuring you are gentle to avoid damage.

Replace filters monthly or when they appear clogged or dirty to ensure clear sound quality.

Avoid alcohol-based cleaners as they can damage the hearing aids' delicate components. Instead, use wipes specifically designed for hearing aid cleaning.

Remove the battery immediately and place the hearing aid in a drying container or dehumidifier. Do not attempt to dry it with a heat source like a hairdryer.

It is recommended to remove hearing aids while sleeping to prevent damage and to allow the ear canals to air out.

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