Cleaning equipment for hearing aids is essential to having a proper functioning hearing aid. Even though the ear canal of the hearing aid can handle its own cleaning needs, it may be essential to have a regular cleaning and maintenance service to ensure its operation for years to come.

Hearing aids use two methods of filtering sound. One method uses a highly polished microphone. The other method filters the outside noise using what is called an acoustically isolated chamber.

Depending on the type of device, filtering outside noise may be accomplished by covering the external microphone or by creating a fan of air that blows air into the outer chamber to remove any internal noise. Having noise removed from the external microphone can be accomplished by simply replacing it with another external microphone.

Many devices have two methods of filtering the external microphone. These include an electrostatic pre-filter which removes external noise and an interferometric filter which isolate the external microphone. With the exception of some devices, these two methods are not interchangeable.

Some individuals prefer to have only one method of filtering the external microphone. This allows them to eliminate external noise in their ears while filtering the inside microphone.

The only cleanliness considerations for both methods of filtering the external microphone include ensuring the following: that the outside microphone and the internal microphone are free of debris. Any debris that accumulates over time, can affect the functioning of the hearing aid.

Professional cleaning is not the only way to keep your hearing aid working properly. One of the simplest ways to clean a hearing aid is to regularly clean the outer chamber. There are several methods of cleaning equipment for hearing aids can vary in cost and difficulty of cleaning. Vacuuming the outside chamber is one of the simplest cleaning solutions. However, vacuuming too frequently can be difficult to perform at times and may leave debris on the outside chamber, thereby affecting the interior functionality of the hearing aid.

You should not have to vacuum the outside chamber for a long time. Doing so will cause a build up of debris on the outside chamber which will adversely affect the external microphone. Regular cleaning is important.

Your cleaning solution should clean the external chamber and the inside chamber. It should not touch the inside chamber which may still contain hearing aid dust, hair or foreign particles. This includes using soap and water to clean the inside chamber.

Cleaning your hearing aid can be done either manually or with the help of an automated cleaner. Manual cleaning requires that you clean the external chamber by hand. It is therefore recommended that you remove the external chamber before doing this.