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Cleaning a hearing aid

A hearing aid is made up of several different parts, each of which will need regular cleaning to ensure a long, optimal lifespan for your device. If you need extra help feel free to contact one of our advisors, who will be happy to talk you through the process - here we'll go through each part in turn, so you can see how to keep your hearing aid in good condition.

Before cleaning your hearing aid, you should always make sure your hands are clean and dry, and carry out any maintenance over a soft surface at a table to avoid dropping it - they can be quite fiddly!

Before you get started you'll need a hearing aid toolkit. These normally contain the following:

  • Wax Removal Brush
  • Wax Removal Pick
  • Tube & Vent Cleaner
  • Battery Door Opener
  • Battery Replacement Magnet

Behind-the-ear hearing aids

Behind-the-ear hearing aids sit outside the ear, with a tube carrying signals into your ear canal.

Shell: The plastic covering for the device can simply be wiped clean with a dry cloth. Check that the microphone is not blocked, as this can cause problems.

Dome: The dome is the plug-like part of the hearing aid which sits inside your ear. This should be replaced regularly to keep your hearing aid working at optimal levels.

Mould: The ear mould should be detached from the hearing aid and washed regularly when needed with soap and lukewarm water. Rinse and dry fully, taking care to blow out any moisture inside the mould - you can purchase ear mould blowers specifically for this task. Clean the sound outlet by removing any traces of wax away from the ear mould with a wax removal brush, then clean the ventilation opening by gently pressing a brush or vent cleaner through the hole and twisting it carefully to loosen any blockages.

Tube: If your hearing aid is fitted with a thin tube you may need to refer to the manual as these often have specific manufacturer instructions but all tubing for connecting ear fittings with hearing aids are replaced by your hearing care professional when necessary.

In-ear hearing aids

In-ear hearing aids contain all parts of the device in a small shell which sits inside the ear.

Shell: The casing for the device can be wiped with a dry cloth, removing any wax or debris attached to the surface.

Keep the microphone and sound outlet clear by removing any wax away from the openings with a brush, taking care not to lodge anything further into the opening.  Most hearing aids of this type are fitted with replaceable wax guards; your hearing care professional will explain about how these can be replaced.

Vent: Clean the vent by pressing the brush or vent cleaner through the hole and twisting gently.

Sound outlet: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the maintenance of your hearing aid, Amplifon offers a free Lifetime Aftercare service to help you keep your device in top condition.