Taking care of your hearing aids: Make it a habit!

July 31, 2015 by Janie Durette

ServiLobe, VapoLobe

Properly cleaning the custom earmolds, receivers, and domes of your hearing aids as well as your custom earplugs is crucial to protect your ears from infection. Daily use and handling of these implements, as well as contact with earwax and bacteria, can irritate the outer walls of your ear canal and cause earaches. That’s why cleaning is so important. 

How to…

Clean earmolds:

Remove earwax and other debris from the hole of your earmolds using a brush and wax loop. Clean the molds by wiping them gently with VapoLobeTM or ServiLobeTM.

Clean receivers and domes:

Remove earwax and other debris from the wax guard using a wax loop. Brush the top and bottom of the dome to remove earwax and other debris. Clean domes by wiping them gently with VapoLobeTM or ServiLobeTM.

Clean custom earplugs (noise protectors and swim plugs):

Remove earwax and otherdebris from all surfaces using a brush. Clean the earplugs by wiping them gently with VapoLobeTM or ServiLobeTM.

Clean musician’s earplugs and filtered earplugs:

Remove earwax and other debris from the hole of each earplug using a wax loop. Then, brush the external surface to remove earwax and other debris. Clean earplugs by wiping gently with ServiLobeTM or VapoLobeTM. Keep fingers and cleaning products from coming into contact with earplug filters, as this could damage them.

Hearing aids should be cleaned every night, and earplugs should be cleaned after each use.

We recommend using the following products and tools:

VapoLobe TM : Spray the cleansing solution on a tissue and gently wipe the area to be cleaned.

ServiLobe TM : Ideal for travelers. Take a packet out of the box and open it. Use the towelette to gently wipe the area to be cleaned.

Wax loop: Use to remove earwax or dead skin from the hole of your earmolds and earplugs.

Brush: Use to remove debris on domes, earmolds, and earplugs.

Hearing aid users should also schedule two annual appointments to have their hearing aids checked and cleaned. During these visits, an audioprosthetist will deep clean the earmolds and earplugs using ultrasound. Parts will also be replaced as needed to ensure optimal performance.

If you have questions about cleaning your hearing aids or earplugs, consult an audioprosthetist or specialized educator.