Reusable earplugs are designed with reuse in mind. Made from resilient materials, they clean easily and remain easy to use, insert and wear. Sometimes, though, the earplugs have a residual buildup.
Most of the residue is from wax building up in the ears and rubbing off on the earplug. However, there are some instances when the residue is from other bacteria within the ear or from where they are stored when not in use.
Thus, to prevent common bacterial and fungal infections and maintain good ear hygiene, your earplugs require regular cleaning. Further, regular cleaning and maintenance may extend your earplug’s life and keep them performing as expected.
Cleaning and care tips
Earplugs should be cleaned by removing all earwax and other contaminants prior to reinsertion. A wax pick is included with your earplugs and can be used to scoop wax and debris that enters the sound bore. It is important to keep the sound bore clear so that clarity of sound is not impacted.
To clean your earplugs use a clean microfiber cloth prior to insertion and after each wear. You may use a soft cloth along with warm water and mild soap to remove any build up. Never submerge your earplugs in water and never use any alcohol based products to clean your earplugs.
After each use, clean the earplugs with a clean microfiber cloth. Inspect each earplug visually to check that no earwax, skin debris or dirt has penetrated the sound tubes, and use a similar cloth or wipe to carefully remove anything that has attached itself to the earplug.
If you have to remove a filter for cleaning, gently squeeze the silicone til you can catch an edge of the filter and remove. It’s important that you never insert anything into the earplug to pop the filter out. The underside is made of a delicate acoustic mesh which can puncture easily.
Finally, leave your earplugs to dry naturally in the air. When they’re completely dry, they are as good as new! Before storing your earplugs in the supplied carrying case when not in use, ensure that they are clean and dry.
Regular cleaning of the earplugs helps to keep them in great condition. It is important to keep the filters dry and protected. You can expect your earplugs to fit for several years. In addition to keeping the earplugs dry and moisture free, avoid extreme cold or hot, or direct sunlight.
While some liquid can be used for cleaning, do not completely submerge the earplugs into any liquid. Remove the filters prior to cleaning, and make sure that the ear plugs are completely dried prior to re-insertion of the filters.
Even with the most meticulous of earplug maintenance programs, the materials will eventually wear out or your ears will change. The average lifespan of custom-made earplugs is between 4 and 7 years. Furthermore, since your ears keep growing and changing throughout your lifetime, it is recommended to test the earplugs every 2 to 3 years to see if they still fit properly.
On the other hand, keep in mind that foam earplugs have a very short lifespan and most are made for one-time use. Since they get dirty quickly and also are easily infected with bacteria, it is not recommended to use the same disposable earplug more than once.
The set of earplugs that you purchase should last you a good while if you maintain and clean them properly. Follow the tips above to maximize the lifespan of your earplugs but keep in mind that there is a natural time to replace them.