How to Clean Hearing Aid Tubes
If you have invested in hearing aids, you will want to keep them in tip-top condition. Because they are worn inside your ear, they are exposed to earwax and moisture.
It is good for you to learn how to clean and maintain your hearing aids to keep them working well. Regular cleaning and maintenance will ensure that you get the best help with your hearing.
Failure to clean all the parts of your hearing aids can lead to dirt that will build up and be more difficult to remove. Lack of regular cleaning could mean that they are not as effective.
Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids, have a slim clear tube that can collect debris and earwax inside. It will need to be cleaned very carefully with the rest of the device.
Here is a handy guide for cleaning your BTE hearing aids, including how to clean hearing aid tubes.
Tools Required for Cleaning Hearing Aids
You will need to keep some equipment ready for cleaning your hearing aids. It’s a good idea to keep them handy to make it easier to clean your devices every day.
Try storing your cleaning tools in a pouch or box to keep them all together so they can be grabbed whenever you need them. Do not be tempted to use other cleaning materials or tools as you may cause damage to your hearing aids.
The following tools are helpful. They should have been provided with your hearing aids.
You can buy kits at a pharmacy or chemist, but it is good to contact your provider first for advice if you need replacements
- A clean, dry soft cloth: This can wipe over the surfaces to move dirt and debris.
- Hearing aid cleaning brush: The brush has a soft tip for cleaning the body, faceplate, or sound ports.
- Vent cleaner: This is a long thin wire used to clean through the holes in the hearing aid.
- Hearing aid air blower: This can help remove debris from the tubes and holes.
Wax pick or wire loop: You can use this to remove debris or wax from the outer edge of holes and crevices of the hearing aid.
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Top Tips for Cleaning your Hearing Aid
Establishing a regular cleaning routine is vital for keeping your hearing devices in the best condition as well as making them last for longer. If you follow the following tips, you will ensure that your routine is practical and easy to follow.
Hygiene: Don’t forget to wash your hands before cleaning; otherwise, you will just be transferring bacteria and more dirt onto them. Remove your hearing aids before washing your face or hair because water and soap will damage them.
Bedtime clean: Bedtime is the best time to clean your hearing aids as you can be sure they will have adequate time to air and dry before using them again.
Avoid chemicals: Don’t use any cleaning agents or chemicals on your hearing aids, and take care when applying any hair or face products while you are wearing them.
How to Clean your Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids
- Examine the entire device for debris and remove it with a dry cloth.
- Now use the brush to brush over the microphone ports on the receiver gently. You want these to be nice and clear to ensure they pick up sounds correctly.
- Gently brush the rest of the hearing aid receiver (the part that goes over your ear on the outside) to remove any dirt. Take care as the electronic components are delicate.
- You can also use the brush to go over the inner mould gently. The mould is the part that sits inside your ear, so it is more likely to get dirty or have ear wax on it. You will have a sound port and a vent in this mould. You can use the wax loop or pick to pull away any wax lodged inside these holes.
- If the wax is lodged further inside the vents, use the vent cleaner to reach carefully to dislodge any wax or dirt.
- You can keep these parts from staining or discolouring by wiping them over every day, but you will need to give them a more thorough wash every now and then.
For instructions on how to wash the mould and tube see below.
Cleaning the Hearing Aid Tubing
Hearing aid tubes connect the mould to the over-ear receiver. The tube should be changed periodically.
When in good condition, the tube will feel soft when you squeeze it. Your hearing aid provider can supply and fit a new tube if it has been damaged or gone hard.
Some dirt may be removed from the outside of the tubes with a soft brush or dry cloth. However, if there is debris inside the tube, you will need to remove it to clean it.
- First, you must remove the ear tube from the over-ear device by detaching it carefully. This action allows you to clean the tube and mould in clean soapy water. Do not use water on the over-ear device as it contains electronic components.
- It is essential to rinse the tube and mould thoroughly and leave it to dry, preferably overnight. The tube must be completely dry before reattaching it to the over-ear piece.
- To ensure that all the moisture is removed from the tube, you can use the hearing aid ear blower to blow away any droplets.
Before reattaching the tubing, wipe over with the dry cloth to check for remaining moisture. Then the tube will simply reattach to the device.
Professional Cleaning of Hearing Aids
Your Hearing care provider will recommend a schedule for professional cleaning. Even though you may take excellent care of your hearing aids, they will eventually require professional maintenance.
A provider will have access to professional equipment such as vacuums and specialist attachments to suck away wax from difficult to reach parts. They will also be able to clean the electronic components safely.
It would be best to contact your hearing care provider to ask for assistance with maintaining and cleaning your hearing aids. We are always ready to help you get the best out of your equipment.
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