A Guide To Be Confident Your Hearing Aid Is Fully Protected From Earwax

Earwax can be incredibly damaging to hearing aids. Cerumen is scooped into the sound outlet every time the hearing aid is inserted. This can be at the detriment of the sound quality. It may be necessary, therefore, to use a wax protection system, particularly if one is not built-in to the device. There are different protection systems out there, let’s take a look at some of the options.

The first option is the wax spring. The spring needs to be placed on the receiver tubing of the sound outlet. Be aware that this device looks like a spring, hence its name, but it isn’t actually one. Under a microscope, it actually looks like a beehive. This device is designed to stop earwax from entering the port, where it will cause untold damage. The user can then regularly remove the wax as soon as they take out their hearing aid. Because it is such a small device, it can fit inside any ear canal. Unfortunately, it does need to be cleaned very often. The second option is the flip-top wax guard. This device keeps the wax out by covering the port of the sound outlet. The sound port can be cleaned by opening the hinged door. In most cases, a hearing aid manufacturer will have to install this device. This is generally the preferred method of keeping wax out of the outlet.Additionally, it is permanently attached to the hearing aid, so doesn’t need replacing. The downside is that it requires daily cleaning, or the wax will be able to get into the receiver. Finally, users can choose the C-guard. This is a device that also has to be installed by the manufacturer. Although a highly complicated device, it essentially uses a replaceable membrane that collects the earwax. Again, this device has to be cleaned every day. However, cleaning is very easy and just requires a quick wipe. So long as manual dexterity is normal, changing the membrane is very easy. This means that it is not suitable for the majority of elderly people.

Hearing aid users must choose some form of wax protection system. More often than not, choosing the wax protection system is a personal decision. When their device is fitted, they will be provided with advice on their available choices. Since the flip-top model is the easiest to use for users across the board, this is generally the device of choice; however, the C-guard is also very popular, coming in at a close second behind the flip-top model.

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