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3 Things You Shouldn't Do When Cleaning Your Hearing Aid

by Carla Hudson

Keeping your hearing aid clean is important. If you don't clean it regularly, you could put your ear at risk of infection due to bacteria that could accumulate on your hearing device. Plus, wax can get into the receiver on your hearing aid and make it difficult for you to hear.

In fact, it is worthwhile to at least wipe down your hearing aid daily and to give it a more thorough cleaning with a cleaning brush (it should have came with one, or you can ask your hearing doctor about it) regularly. These are a few things that you should not do while cleaning your hearing aid, however.

1. Use a Wet Cloth

Even though it might seem like a wet cloth will be the best thing to use to clean your hearing aid, a dripping wet cloth can actually cause serious damage to your hearing device. Instead, use a clean, dry cloth or tissue to wipe away any wax or other debris.

2. Use a Chemical Cleaner

You may want to sanitize your hearing device by using a chemical cleaner, but the chemicals in the cleaning solution could cause your hearing aid's materials to break down. Plus, the liquid could cause moisture-related damage if it gets into the nooks and crannies of your hearing aid. If you feel that your device should be sanitized, ask your audiologist for a good cleaning solution that will clean it without damaging it.

3. Hold it with the Microphone Port Facing Up

Be careful about how you hold your hearing device when you are cleaning it. If your microphone port is facing up while you're cleaning your device, you have to worry about wax and debris falling into the holes, which could cause a clog. Instead, you'll want to hold your device so that the microphone port is facing the floor. Then, loose debris will not fall into your microphone port while you're cleaning the rest of your device, and you can even gently encourage any debris that might have gotten into the microphone port to fall out, which can help prevent problems with your device.

Different hearing devices need to be cleaned in different ways, so it's always a good idea to sit down with your audiologist if you have questions about the proper care and maintenance of your device. However, regardless of the type of device that you have, following these three rules of thumb will help you prevent damage to your hearing aid while allowing you to keep it nice, clean and free of debris and wax.