If you wear hearing aids, you have probably noticed earwax getting on the earmold of your device. While this is to be expected, it is very important that you clean your hearing aids regularly to avoid earwax buildup.
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
- Clean your hearing aids every night before bed.
- Use a soft, dry cloth or cleaning brush. If your hearing specialist recommended a hearing aid cleaning kit, follow the instructions listed on that.
- Store them in a cool, dry place. Consider a drying box or dehumidifier for extra protection from moisture buildup.
- Turn the device off when not in use.
- Open the battery door to help avoid moisture buildup on the batter
- Make regular appointments with your hearing specialist to check your device and let them know any problems you may be having with your hearing aids.
- Remove and replace wax guards regularly.
How Earwax Buildup Causes Problems with Hearing Aids
Earwax buildup can:
- Degrade parts of your hearing aid
- Block sound from the speakers
- Cause feedback and other hearing issues
- Cause the hearing aid to not fit as well
- Worsen hearing ability
Unfortunately for hearing aid users, they are at a higher risk of earwax buildup for a couple of reasons. One is that hearing aids affect the natural self-cleaning process of the ear. Earwax may not dry and slough off with hearing aids in use. Also, any foreign object in the ear tends to produce more earwax, so the problem is compounded for hearing aid users.
Should You Remove Earwax from the Ear?
You might be tempted to clean your ear frequently to rid it of earwax and help prevent buildup. However, you must be careful. Cleaning with a Q-tip or cotton swab can actually push earwax further into your ear, risking impaction. In some cases, using cotton swabs can even injure your ear.
If you’re looking for a safer at-home method to clean your ears, ask your doctor about ear wax removal kits. You can find them in pharmacies or grocery stores like Haggen.
If you’re feeling like you have earwax blockage, your best bet is to visit an ENT doctor. They can examine your ears and decide the best course of action to remove earwax.
If you have any additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment with an expert, call Hearing Advancement Center today.