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If you have a behind the ear type of hearing aid, then you may notice that the device builds with debris over time. You do not want this debris interfering with the function of the unit, so it is best to learn how to remove it properly. Keep reading to learn how while maintaining hearing aid function.
Wash The Ear Mold
You obviously do not want the electronic parts of the hearing aid to come into contact with water of any kind. This is one reason why it is wise to use a clean cloth to gently wipe the microphone and amplifier part of the unit that sits behind the ear. A microfiber cloth works well for this. When it comes to the silicone mold that sits inside your ear, you likely need a bit more cleaning power, and since the mold is waterproof and contains no electronics, you can use water to complete your cleaning.
You need to remove the ear mold from the unit first. Consider removing one mold at a time, so you do not get them confused. Release the mold from the top hook part first by releasing the tube. Use mild dish soap to remove debris and then rinse the entire mold and tube portion of the unit with warm water. Use a cloth to dry the mold and tube completely before reconnecting these parts.
You also may want to make sure that no water remains in the tube, so gently blow through it to force the fluid out.
Clean The Tube
If the tube itself is congested with debris, then you may need to clean this part of the aid separately. This tube does release from the behind the ear base and from the ear mold. You can gently pull the tube away from both of these parts. You will need to purchase a special cleaning tool at this time that is made to clear out the tube. A hearing aid cleaning wire, or a polyetylene tube declogger tool will work for this. Keep in mind that the cleaning wire will often have tufts on the end to help with the removal of debris, much like a pipe cleaner, so this tool may be best if there is a noticeable amount of material in each tube.
Gently work the cleaning through the small tube. When you get to the end of the tube, use a clean cloth to wipe debris from the exposed end of the device. Pull the tool back through, clean the instrument, and reattach your tube to the main hearing aid.Share