Hearing aids are wonderful tools that allow a very common problem, that a person's hearing gets worse over time or is damaged, to be corrected with minimal invasion. However, because a hearing aid is placed near or directly in your ear, you want to make sure that you keep it as clean as possible in order to avoid allowing germs to invade your body. Follow these steps to clean your hearing aid.
1. Get Rid of Any Wax in the Holes
The first thing that you need to do is remove all of the earwax that might be on your hearing aid. It's recommended that you use a delicate, pointy object that is specifically designed for the task. These wax picks can be purchased at your local pharmacy or supermarket. To get the earwax out of any small, enclosed areas, simply insert the wax pick into that area and scoop out the wax. Each time you remove any wax, rub it on a paper towel. When you're done using the wax pick, rinse it so that it's clean for the next time.
2. Get Rid of Any Wax on the Surface
Next, you will want to make sure that you remove any wax that might have gotten onto the surface of the hearing aid. Sometimes, wax will build up on the hearing aid so that it's very difficult to remove by merely wiping it with a paper towel. To get rid of more stubborn wax, use a dry brush such as a nail brush or an old tooth brush. Rapidly rub the brush on the surface of the hearing aid until everything has been dislodged. You might want to consider doing this over a trashcan in order to make sure that all of the wax that's dislodged is neatly deposited in the proper receptacle once it's fallen off.
3. Do One Final Wipe Down
Finally, wipe down the hearing aid with a soft cloth. This will remove any particles that are still there and ensure that your hearing aid is smooth and dry when you put it back in. Consider purchasing a cloth that is used to polish eyeglasses if you're worried about accidentally scuffing the hearing aid or scratching it so that it's uncomfortable to wear.
For more cleaning tips, talk to your doctor or a distributor of hearing aids, like Bentley Hearing Services. They might have special cleaning solutions that they will want you to use.