If you use hearing aids, it’s important that you clean them regularly. Hearing aids are constantly exposed to earwax, dirt, and moisture, and regular cleaning can not only prevent ear infection but makes sure that your hearing aids are delivering the clearest sound possible.
Cleaning your hearing aids
Your hearing aids should come with a cleaning kit that is specific to the type of device you have. When you get your hearing aids, you’ll also be given advice on how to clean and maintain them at home.
What’s in my hearing aid cleaning kit?
Your hearing aid cleaning kit will generally include:
- Soft brush and dry cloth — the soft brush and dry cloth will help to remove wax from the mould, filters, and domes on your hearing aid. Some brushes have a magnetic battery removal tool as well
- Wax pick or wire loop — this helps to remove wax and debris from the vents and nooks of the hearing aid
- Multi-tool — an all-in-one cleaning tool that has a wire loop, magnet, and brush, to help you thoroughly clean your device
General hearing aid cleaning tips
Hearing aids are fairly small devices, but they contain powerful technology and can be quite sensitive, so it’s important to take care while cleaning.
Here are some general cleaning and maintenance tips for your hearing aids:
- Wash your hands first and make sure they’re dry before you start cleaning
- Wipe your hearing aids with a damp cloth or use the soft brush tool to brush off any debris that may be on the hearing aids. Do not wash your hearing aids with water
- Hearing aids are water-resistant, but they’re not usually not waterproof – so avoid submerging yours in water. Remove your device before taking a shower or going swimming
- Avoid using wipes with chemicals or alcohol
- Take out your hearing aids during your hygiene routine, for example, washing your face or applying cosmetics like sprays or gels
- Avoid using sharp objects around the microphone or receiver ports, using your wax pick instead
- If your hearing aids use batteries, leave the battery compartment open overnight (you don’t have to completely remove the battery from the aid)
- You should dock your rechargeable batteries as instructed by the manufacturer
- Avoid storing your hearing aids somewhere too warm — for example, leaving them on a windowsill on a sunny day, or too close to a radiator
- Do not use other people’s hearing aids and never share yours with others
How to clean your Specsavers hearing aids
If you bought your hearing aids from us, you’ll have received a cleaning kit and been given advice
on what you need to do to care for them. Here is a step-by-step summary of how to clean the
different types of hearing aids that we offer:
How to clean ITE (in the ear) hearing aids
- Gently brush the microphone port, receiver, and vent openings to remove any wax or debris
- Hold the device face-down to allow any loose particles to fall
- Use the wax pick to carefully dislodge any stubborn material from the vent
- Wipe the device and its case clean with a clean, dry cloth
How to clean BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids
- Clean the device’s tubing with water and leave to dry overnight
- Remove the ear mould from the hook to clean it
- Brush the ear mould clean, and then use the wax pick/wire loop to remove any stubborn debris
- Soak the ear moulds in warm, soapy water at least once a week, and leave to dry overnight
- Replace the tubing if it becomes discoloured or blocked
How to clean RIC (receiver in canal) or open ear hearing aids
- Wipe your hearing aid with a soft cloth and use the brush to remove any debris
- Gently pick any stubborn particles stuck on the dome with your thumb
- Use the soft brush to clean the battery compartment
- Replace the wax filter twice a year or when it looks worn and discoloured
Hearing aid batteries
Hearing aids have different types of batteries that come in all shapes and sizes. Battery life will depend on how long you use your hearing aids and what you use them for (for example, wireless streaming will drain batteries faster).
Smaller size 10 batteries can last between 3-5 days and size 13 batteries can last up to three weeks per cell. Some hearing aids are rechargeable, so you can charge them up overnight and they’ll be ready to use the next day.
There are four main types of hearing aid batteries which have a specific code and colour on the packaging. Find out more about hearing aid batteries including how to change your hearing aid batteries or buy online here.
How can hearing aids support me at home?
Many of our hearing aids are compatible with remote controls which will allow making adjustments to your hearing aids while you are at home and unable to come and see us for any adjustments. To find out if your hearing aid is compatible with a remote control and the solution is right for you, please contact your local store. Remote controls can be delivered to your home and we can support you on the phone to connect them to your hearing aids.
Alternatively, your hearing aid may also be smartphone compatible which means your can download a free app, this will allow you to make adjustments to the volume, change program or even switch on Bluetooth streaming if applicable. Many of our hearing aids will also stream phone calls, why not call your local store for advice on what’s available to you.
My hearing aid isn’t working
If your hearing aid isn’t working, don’t worry, we will be able to help you.
But first, you can try a few simple checks:
- Check that you have a fresh battery and the battery door is fully closed. If you have rechargeable hearing aids, then make sure they’ve got a full charge.
- Check your domes, ear moulds or sound tubes to make sure they are clear from wax or moisture blockages. If you need them, we have hearing aid drying or cleaning kits in store that we can send out to you.
- Check your hearing aid is on the correct program. You can reset this by turning it off and on again.
- If sound is distorted, try a new battery and check that there is no moisture in the tubing.
- If your hearing aid is whistling, check that the dome or mould is inserted correctly and sitting in the ear canal.
If you still need further support or your hearing aid is broken, you can call our team in store for help.
Learn more about hearing loss
Hearing loss can be a frustrating experience, but with accurate diagnosis and treatment, the majority of people are able to improve their hearing and get back to their daily lives as normal.
To learn more about hearing, ear health, and how to protect your hearing, visit our hearing loss information hub.
You can also test your hearing at home using our free online hearing test.