Ear Drainage and Hearing Aids

Q:  During spring hay fever season, my ears experience a lot of drainage down both of my ear canals.  Will that drainage damage my hearing aids?

A:  The drainage down your ear canals can reach your hearing aids and block them up, but the drainage will not physically harm the hearing aids.  Make sure you check and clean your hearing aids daily when you experience allergy drainage. 

  Over time, the drainage can infiltrate the aid’s tiny wax guard where the sound leaves the hearing aid and enters your ear canal.  Your hearing center can give you a tool that contains extra wax guards.  The wax guard tool allows you to replace the wax guards on your own as needed.

  During days when you are aware of your ears draining, consider using a folded tissue or a cotton swab to gently clean out the drainage in your canals before putting your hearing aids on.  This will prevent the hearing aids from doing the cleaning for you, and potentially becoming blocked up in the process.

  Even without drainage in your ear canals, it is a good idea to check and clean your hearing aids every week or two.  This will help ensure your hearing aids are able to function as well as possible for you to hear better.

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the newest Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.