Growing older is a fact of life, but with today’s technology, losing your hearing does not have to be. Unfortunately, the very things that make life easier, such as tractors, white noise, and the constant hum of electronics and machinery, can also cause damage to the delicate parts of your ears and your hearing.

Hearing aids and a hearing aid wax guard not only helps you hear better but can help to mitigate the damage already done.

Hearing aids are tiny marvels of engineering and a wonderful device to have when they are working properly. To keep them so, you need to perform routine maintenance on them.

This maintenance includes replacing the hearing aid wax guards on a regular basis and keeping them clean. An important part of keeping them clean is wax guard maintenance. Changing your wax guards should be part of your hearing aid maintenance routine.

What Is a Hearing Aid Wax Guard?

What Is a Hearing Aid Wax Guard

At this point you might be wondering what exactly a hearing aid wax guard is. It is a little piece of screen or plastic that sits over the sound outlet of your hearing aid. The sound outlet is the part of the hearing aid that fits in your ear. It is similar to a tiny speaker or amplifier.

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The sound outlet or speaker is one of the more important parts of the hearing aid. If you have a hearing aid, you know how expensive they are and how vital it is to protect them and keep them working.

As you might know, your body produces wax in the outer ear canal to keep dust, debris, and bacteria away from the more sensitive parts of your ears.

Since earwax provides protection for your ears, you do not want to hamper it, but it is still important to keep the wax and other particles out of the delicate machinery of the hearing aid. A hearing aid wax guard does this simply and effectively.

What Are Wax Guards Made of?

These handy wax guards are made of a variety of materials, depending on the company that makes them. Some common materials are:

  • Plastic
  • Fiberglass
  • Latex
  • Metal

WHO NEEDS HEARING AID WAX GUARDS?

HEARING AID WAX GUARDS

The answer to this is simple. Anyone who wears a hearing aid should use a hearing aid wax guard. It is a simple way to keep your hearing aid clean and wax free.

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Most of the time your audiologist will give you wax guards when you get your hearing aid. If the audiologist does not offer them to you, ask for them. It could be that your hearing aid does not require them, but this is rare.

Hearing aid wax guards are an important part of maintaining your hearing aids operation and your hearing health. Make sure you make note of the size, brand, type, and style of the wax guard so you can purchase new ones as needed.

What Are the Benefits of Hearing Aid Wax Guards?

There are a few benefits to having a wax guard. The top benefit is that it prevents wax and other materials from entering your hearing aid. When wax gets into the sound outlet, it severely damages it.

This can cost thousands of dollars to fix or replace. Not using a wax guard can also void any warranty or insurance claim you might have on your hearing aid.

1. Locate the Wax Guard

Take a quick look at the portion of your hearing aid that goes into your ear. You are looking for a white, red (right) or blue (left) tip with a hole in the center. This is located on the part of the hearing aid that is closest to your eardrum.

2. Clean the Hearing Aid

Wiping down the hearing aid as your audiologist instructed keeps wax from getting inside the hearing aid when you remove the guard. You should do this any time you remove the hearing aid or replace the wax guard. Regular cleaning will help you keep your hearing aid functioning properly.

3. Select a Wax Guard

The most common type of hearing aid guard pack has a tube or pin for each of the hearing aid guards. This tube contains your new guard and a removal tool for the old one. Be sure that you know which side is which.

The new guard will be red, blue, or white. The other side will have a small point or button that corresponds to the old guard. Match the corresponding color to your existing guard. If you are placing a guard for the first time, you will not need to remove an old one.

4. Remove the Old Wax Guard

Insert the remover into the hole in the old wax guard. Pull gently back to remove the old guard. It should remove easily. The old guard will now be stuck to the end of the tube.

You will be able to see that the old wax guard is firmly affixed to the removal tool. Do not attempt to remove a wax guard without the removal tool.

5. Flip the Tube Over

Do not mix up which side is which. The old guard will look exactly like the new one, with the exception that it might be dirty. You should rotate it 180 degrees in order to insert the new one.

Some removers and applicators are marked, and if you feel uncomfortable doing this, you should mark the applicator and removal tool yourself.

6. Insert the New Wax Guard

Place the new guard into the hearing aid and apply very gentle pressure. Make sure that you have the correct guard when you do this. It should pop off the tube easily.

7. Test the Hearing Aid

Once you have replaced the wax guard, you should always test the hearing aid to make sure it is functioning properly before you dispose of the old one. Once you test it, dispose of it in a proper container.

DO ALL WAX GUARDS FIT ALL HEARING AIDS?

No, they do not. Most companies make a variety of hearing aid guards to suit many customers but hearing aid wax guards come in different sizes. It is important that you find the right size for your hearing aid. If you have doubts as to which one will work with your hearing aid, ask your audiologist.

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Most audiologists will give you a side, brand, and type of wax guard. There are wax guards for almost every hearing aid brand and style.

All you have to do is find the one that is right for you. Most wax guards come in packs of several wax guards and removal tools. Some wax guards are blue for left and red for right while others are just white.

Where Can I Purchase Wax Guards?

PURCHASE WAX GUARDS

You can purchase wax guards from a variety of online and brick and mortar stores. You can also get them from your audiologist.

When ordering a wax guard or purchasing one, make sure you are purchasing the right wax guards for your specific hearing aid.

Most wax guards have a model number associated with them. Most wax guards are very small, so the shipping cost is not at all expensive.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE THE WAX GUARDS?

You need to change the wax guards at least once a month or whenever they are dirty. Exactly how often you change them will depend on your environment and earwax production. It is important to change your wax guards regularly.

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Most audiologists will give you a side, brand, and type of wax guard. There are wax guards for almost every hearing aid brand and style.

If you do not, wax or debris can enter the hearing aid and cause a reduction in performance, hearing, or severe damage to the hearing aid.

You should also change your hearing aid wax guards if the sound is reduced or the hearing aid does not work. Sometimes the wax guards can become blocked quickly or upon insertion of the hearing aid if your ears are dirty.

Conclusion

Hearing aids are wonderful if you suffer from hearing loss but they are small and delicate. Any moisture or wax inside a hearing aid can cause serious and costly damage.

Protect your hearing aid investment by using a hearing aid wax guard. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to replace, and keep your hearing aid working properly.