Sound Nerds Unite How to Clean In ear monitors with Jodi-Vac

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Step-by-Step Guide: Cleaning Your IEMs for Better Sound Quality

  1. Clean the shell of the IEM

    Clean the outside of ear bud using a alchohol-free cleaner such as the handy Audio-Wipes.

  2. Use the IEM cleaning tool 

    Use a simple IEM cleaning tool to remove some of the outer wax from the holes. I dip this tool/loop in a bit of the cleaning solution to loosen up the hard wax. I’ve always wanted to combine a flashlight with the traditional wax loop tool.  I developed a simple product to help see the in ear monitor ports much easier! 
    Affordable and simple! You can now order your own LED Cleaning Tool!

  3. Use Jodi-Vac to clear deeper wax in IEM

    Use an in ear vacuum like the Jodi Consumer Hearing Aid Vacuum Cleaner. Be careful to not insert the probe too far into the holes. You don’t want to push the wax deeper. Take your time here. 

  4. Test the In Ear Monitor using a IEM Listening Tube

    This tool has saved me so much troubleshooting time when an artists says something is “wrong” with their ears. You would be surprised how many IEM drivers are blown and the artist tries to compensate not knowing the failure. Buy your simple & affordable listening tube!

Other resources for how to clean your in-ear monitors (IEM’s):

JH Audio

How to clean your UE Pro IEMs

Need some help choosing the IEM model that works best for you? is a great place to start!

Futuresonics — A pioneer in the in-ear monitor development!

Big thanks to friend Steve at for the nice blog post about Sound Nerd IEM Tools!

A comprehensive guide on cleaning and maintaining your in-ear monitors (IEMs) for pristine sound quality and optimal hygiene. Whether you’re a seasoned musician, audio engineer, or simply someone who values crystal-clear sound, we’ve got you covered with expert tips and techniques.

  1. In-ear monitor cleaning tips: Unlock the secrets to keeping your IEMs in top condition with our tried-and-tested cleaning tips. From quick daily routines to deep cleaning methods, we’ll help you maintain your gear for long-lasting performance.
  2. How to clean IEMs properly: Discover the step-by-step process for properly cleaning your in-ear monitors to ensure they sound their best every time you plug in. Say goodbye to muffled sound and hello to pristine audio clarity.
  3. Cleaning earbuds for musicians: Musicians, rejoice! Our guide includes specialized tips tailored to the unique needs of performers who rely on their in-ear monitors for stage performances. Keep your gear in peak condition for every gig.
  4. Best practices for cleaning in-ear monitors: Learn the best practices endorsed by audio professionals for cleaning and maintaining your in-ear monitors. From storage tips to recommended cleaning products, we’ve got everything you need to know.
  5. Removing earwax from in-ear headphones: Say farewell to earwax buildup and hello to clean, clear sound. We’ll show you safe and effective methods for removing earwax from your in-ear headphones without damaging delicate components.
  6. Safe methods for cleaning ear monitors: Your hearing health is important to us. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of safe cleaning methods to ensure you maintain your IEMs without risking damage to your ears or equipment.
  7. DIY cleaning solutions for IEMs: Discover simple yet effective do-it-yourself cleaning solutions using household items you already have on hand. Keep your IEMs squeaky clean without breaking the bank.
  8. Professional ear monitor cleaning services: Prefer to leave it to the experts? Explore professional cleaning services tailored specifically for in-ear monitors. Sit back, relax, and let seasoned professionals handle the maintenance while you enjoy superior sound quality.
  9. Cleaning tools for in-ear monitors: Equip yourself with the right tools for the job with our curated selection of cleaning accessories designed specifically for in-ear monitors. From brushes to specialized wipes, we’ve got everything you need for a thorough clean.
  10. Preventing ear infections with clean IEMs: Clean IEMs aren’t just about sound quality—they’re also crucial for maintaining ear health. Learn how proper cleaning and maintenance can help prevent ear infections and discomfort, keeping you in top form for all your audio adventures.

Explore our comprehensive resources and take the first step towards achieving pristine sound quality and maintaining ear health with clean in-ear monitors. Your ears—and your music—will thank you.

Editors Note: This post was originally published in 2016 and I try to update as often as possible for accuracy and helpfulness.

About The Author (me!)

Hi! My name is Nicholas Radina. I’m a musician, freelance sound engineer, educator, and author proudly from Cincinnati, OH.

My 25+ year career has taken me on wonderful journeys with high-level acts, large-scale festivals, Fortune 500 corporate events, broadcast sporting events, and theater. As well as the occasional dip in large bodies of water.

You can find me stage-left as monitor engineer for the band, O.A.R  as well as stage-right smacking cowbells at Cincinnati’s Salsa on the Square  — a weekly outdoor summer latin music series I co-founded in 2008.

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