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Can hearing aids cause an ear infection?

Question

Taking hearing aids in and out on a daily basis seems like it could cause ear infections if you’re not careful. As an elderly person I try to minimise contact with germs, which is why I made the decision a long time ago to use glasses instead of contacts. I’m sure you have to keep them clean just like everything else, but can hearing aids cause an ear infection even if you take the necessary precautions?

Answer

Hearing aids in themselves cannot cause an ear infection. However, if the hearing aids are not clean when inserted then it is possible to cause an ear infection. It therefore goes without saying that you should follow the advice of your hearing aid audiologist about the specific cleaning of your hearing aids as they do differ from aid to aid. 

Author: Paul Harrison

Date: Friday 1st March, 2013

Published in: Hearing Aid Questions

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