For as sophisticated as they are, hearing aids are also extremely rugged. And they require very little regular maintenance other than new batteries or overnight charges. But getting into the habit of cleaning and maintaining your hearing aid will keep them operating at peak levels and extend their life.
The inside of a human ear canal is not exactly a “clean room.” No matter how neat you are, it’s a mess in there. Of course, there’s earwax to contend with — but moisture is the bigger issue. Your hearing aid is an electronic device and they are not known for liking moisture.
Getting into an end-of-the-day routine — much like brushing teeth or dealing with dentures — is a good goal. It’s especially crucial to give hearing aids the opportunity to thoroughly dry out overnight after a long day doing their duty in your ear.
This will be easier with the right tools. There are kits with brushes and wax picks that will allow you to do a reasonable cleaning of your hearing aid. The accumulation of earwax can have a significantly negative effect on the amplifier.
There are also wire-loop cleaners, magnets for getting hard-to-grab batteries, and air blowers for clearing out debris. Dehumidifiers are also a good option, allowing your hearing aid to spend the night in an environment that will draw out any moisture that’s accumulated during the day.
Whatever you do avoid wipes or rubbing alcohol on cue-tips. Remember, moisture is bad and astringents are even worse.
And it’s good to have the occasional “deep cleaning” performed by your hearing healthcare provider.