How to clean your RIC hearing aid

Our step-by-step cleaning guide for RIC and RITE hearing devices

Your National Hearing Care Audiologist or Audiometrist will have shown you how to clean your hearing aids that have a receiver that goes in the ear or canal (RIC/RITE) - if you need a refresher, here is our guide as a reminder for your cleaning routine.

Daily RIC cleaning routine

  • Wipe down the surface of your dome and thin wire thoroughly with ampliclear cleaning wipes or with a cloth, to remove any dirt or dry wax.
  • Clean all dirt collected in the sound outlet at the end of your dome by using the brush provided.
  • If there appears to be any moisture on your hearing aid, please put it into an ampliclear dry cup.

Monthly RIC hearing aid care

  • Check the whole surface of your hearing aid and give it a thorough clean with ampliclear cleaning wipes. Pay particular attention to the microphones on the hearing aid which are two openings on the back of your aid, usually above your program button. Give these openings a gentle clean using a brush to remove any build up of dirt or dust.
  • Check the condition of the wax filter. If your filter is looking discoloured or dirty, or if there is wax in it that you cannot brush out, it is time to change the filter.
  • Your pack of new filters will include a tool to change the filter. Use one end to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and use the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place.
  • Brush away any wax from around the dome.

RIC cleaning tips on a six months basis

  • If you haven't already changed the wax filter on your hearing aid you should do so now. These filters need to be changed at least once every six months.
  • Your pack of new filters will include a tool to change the filter. Use one end to remove the old filter from the sound outlet, and use the other end to carefully push another clean filter into its place.
  • Carefully check your domes, checking for tears, hardening or severe discolouring. If you see any of these in your domes please contact your local National Hearing Care clinic to arrange a cleaning check, during which your Hearing Aid Audiologist or Audiometrist will change your domes.
  • If your hearing aid has a microphone protectors these will need to be changed at least once every six months as instructed by your Hearing Aid Audiologist or Audiometrist.
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