Did you know that hearing instruments are a potential breeding ground for germs? Research has found many different microorganisms residing on hearing aid surfaces that are not necessarily part of the normal ear canal flora. From this perspective, it is important to properly care for hearing instruments on a daily basis. Simply wiping them with a tissue or using a brush to clean the surface is not enough. The ear is a dark, warm, moist place where bacteria and other germs, some good and some bad, like to grow. These organisms get on hearing instrument and/or earmold surfaces where they can easily multiply if not properly cleaned and disinfected.
Using alcohol wipes is NOT a good idea either! Alcohol wipes or any other product using alcohol as the main ingredient chemically denatures or weakens various hearing instrument surfaces (including ear domes) relatively quickly. It is critical to wipe surfaces with a non-alcohol based wipe specifically designed to clean hearing instruments such as AudioWipes once hearing instruments are removed from the ear and to then place them in the hearing aid dehumidifier or a designated carrying case. Remember, just because you can’t see anything growing on your hearing instruments doesn’t mean that the germs are not there. Be sure to use AudioWipes for anything you intend to stick in your ears.