<< Back to All Articles

Avoid Ear Infections: Disinfect Your Hearing Aids

Oct 09, 2015 Avoid Ear Infections: Disinfect Your Hearing Aids

Do you remember to disinfect your hearing aids every day? Keeping your hearing aids clean and dry will help them stay in good working order for years to come. Correctly disinfecting your hearing aids also helps prevent ear infections, so make sure you’re doing it right.

Your hearing aids sit in your ears all day – a place that is dark and moist, and a perfect breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Some of the bacteria that can grow on a hearing aid can cause irritation in the lining of your ear canal. This irritation can lead to redness, itching, swelling, pain, and an unpleasant odor.

Use The Right Cleaning Tools

Cleaning your ​​hearing aids with a cloth isn’t enough to get rid of all the germs and bacteria. Alcohol pads will ruin the surface of your hearing aids, so it’s best to use non-alcohol based disinfectant wipes or spray using a clean cloth. Ask your audiologist to recommend their preferred brand.

How To Disinfect Your Hearing Aids

To properly clean your hearing aids, follow these simple steps every night:

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before removing your hearing aids.
  2. Wipe your hearing aids with a clean, dry tissue.
  3. Disinfect the surfaces of your hearing aids with a non-alcohol based disinfectant towelette.

Keep Your Hearing Aids Safe

When you take your hearing aids out, always clean and disinfect them, and store them in their case. Never put them in your purse or pocket, or leave them on the counter top. Not only will they just get dirty again, but they could easily be damaged or broken, or get into the hands of a small child or the mouth of a pet.

Additional Use & Care Tips

Disinfecting your hearing aids is only one part of the care they need. Use these hearing aid maintenance tips for a more complete use and care strategy.

Spending a little time taking care of your hearing aids each day will keep them working their best for years to come, and help prevent infections and irritation. Speak to your audiologist about the best way to care for your specific type of hearing aids, and enjoy a lifetime of healthy hearing.

<< Back to All Articles


Are you (or a loved one) having difficulty hearing?

Schedule an appointment for a FREE Hearing Screening & Consultation*


  • Find out if you have hearing loss and what you can do about it
  • If you wear hearing aids, we'll check your prescription and adjust if necessary
  • Hear ALL the sounds of life! Why wait another day?

Schedule Your Appointment Online
Or call (703) 962-6139
* Applicable to new patients 18 years of age or older.

5 convenient locations in the Washington, DC Metro Area:
VA: McLean ● Cascades ● Fairfax ● Falls Church ● MD: Rockville

A+ Accredited - Better Business BureauWe're DC Metro's highest rated audiology practice, with over 1,500 5-star reviews.

 


About Hearing Doctors

Personal Care & Custom Solutions

soundlens cropOur team of experienced, professional and caring audiologists uses the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat hearing loss and disorders. Our services include testing & diagnosis, expert hearing aid fitting, treatment for tinnitus (ringing in the ears), pediatric audiology services for children aged 3-18 years, hearing aid repairs, hearing protection and custom earmolds.


Helpful Links

<< Back to All Articles


Join our mailing list today!   Subscribe

Ascent Audiology & Hearing in VA, MD and DC

QUICK NAVIGATION

Copyright © 2020 HearingDoctors.com

View Desktop Version View Mobile Version