How to put on and remove hearing aids

How to insert hearing aids correctly?
Last update on Sep, 15, 2021

Tips before putting in

Inserting a hearing aid correctly is a matter of practice. That being said, it does not require any special equipment or preparation. The best way is to simply follow the instructions provided by your hearing care professional and repeat the process several times to familiarize yourself with the steps. 

What is the correct way to insert a hearing aid?

To ensure that the hearing aid works well and is positioned properly, it best to adjust it until the hearing aid sits comfortably in the ear. When wearing behind-the-ear hearing aids, the earmold should be positioned securely so signals can be can clearly transmitted into the ear. Alternatively, when wearing the In-the-ear and CIC (completely in your ear canal) models, the hearing aids must be placed in the ear canal so that the seal does not come loose when the head moves. To properly fit and position your hearing aids, ask your hearing care professional for help in the initial stages and then familiarize yourself at home with the insertion and removal steps.

How to insert in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids

To properly insert in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, you must: 

  • Hold the hearing aid so that the markings are facing up;
  • Gently pull the earmold outward; 
  • Insert the hearing aid into your ear canal, rotating it slightly if necessary, following the natural shape of your ear.

How to put in receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids

To properly insert the receiver-in-canal hearing aids, you must:

  • Place the connection wire between your thumb and forefinger;
  • Gently insert the receiver into the ear canal;
  • Place the device over the earcup, then tuck it behind the ear;
  • Place the receiver in the inner ear cavity.

How to put in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

To properly insert behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, you must: 

  • Hold the earmold between your thumb and forefinger;
  • Gently insert the tip of the custom-fit earmold into the ear canal;
  • Rotate the earmold;
  • Push the earmold into your ear canal until you feel it is correctly positioned; 
  • Place the hearing aid behind the earcup so that the curve rests on top of the ear.

How do I remove ITE hearing aids?


To properly remove in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, you must:

  • Place your thumb behind the earlobe and press to release the hearing aid from the canal; 
  • Grab the protruding hearing aid and remove it.

How do I remove RIC hearing aids?

To properly remove the receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids, you must:

  • Grab the cord at the ear canal opening with your thumb and forefinger.
  • Gently pull the earmold out of the ear canal;
  • Remove the hearing aid.

How do I remove BTE hearing aids?

To properly remove behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, you must:

  • Remove the behind-the-ear hearing aid from behind your ear;
  • Pull the earlobe down slightly;
  • Grab the earmold with your thumb and forefinger and gently twist it outward.

How to disinfect hearing aids

Cleaning your hearing aid periodically is a must. Proper cleaning will ensure that it functions properly. To keep your hearing instruments clean, make sure you:

  • Never use household cleaning products, oil or alcohol;
  • Remove your hearing instruments before going to bed;
  • Do not expose the hearing instrument to excessive heat;
  • Do not store it in the bathroom 
  • Do not immerse it in water;
  • Use adequate cleaning products, such as the custom-made wipes and pads recommended by your hearing care professional;
  • Dry your hearing aid after cleaning it. Every single time

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