Hearing Aid Maintenance

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Have you ever noticed that your hearing device is getting dirty or smelly and you can’t use it? Well, you have to clean your hearing about once a week to keep it in good condition.

While these small devices are workhorses and don’t require much maintenance, it’s important you do the routine cleaning and maintenance required for your type of device. The frequency of maintenance will depend on the type of hearing aid you are using.

It is important to maintain your hearing aid regularly because without cleaning, it will become very difficult to use. Without the aid of your hearing device you may miss out on important moments with your loved ones, or hearing important information at work.

There are various types of hearing aids and each one has its own cleaning procedures. Let’s take a look at the various types of hearing aids and their cleaning procedures.

In order to clean your hearing devices you need to gather a few tools. You will need a soft cloth, cotton swabs, and a soft bristled brush (such as a soft toothbrush).

Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid

RIC hearing aids are very common. The main advantage of this type of hearing aid is that it is less expensive than others and it is also easy to adjust.

The cleaning procedure of this type of hearing aid is quite simple. Simply use a soft cloth or cotton swabs to remove any visible dirt or wax build up. You can gently use a soft bristled brush to remove any other debris. Clean your RIC hearing devices once a week and keep any scheduled routine maintenance appointments with your local hearing specialist.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid

This is a very popular type of hearing aid and it is quite easy to use. You can easily adjust the volume and the tone of the hearing aid. You can also adjust the gain of the hearing aid and it is very comfortable to wear.

Cleaning this type of device is similar to the other devices, be mindful of the small parts. Gently remove wax build up with your soft brush. Wipe the hearing devices with the soft cloth.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid

This type of hearing aid is used in the case of people who have a small external ear canal. It will help you to hear better in the surroundings. In the canal hearing aids and even smaller devices are being implanted in the ear canal and controlled via smartphone.

It’s important to read the manufacturers instructions for cleaning these devices and follow those procedures.


The cleaning process of hearing aids is very simple and it is necessary to perform it regularly to keep your hearing device in good condition. You can visit your local hearing care specialist, and they will guide you on how to clean your hearing aid.


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