Q. My hearing center gave me some tools, parts and a lighted magnifier so I can clean my hearing aids myself. My sight is not very good, even with the magnifier. Is there some other way to know if wax is blocking my hearing aid?
A. Kudos to your hearing center for giving you some supplies and coaching so you can clean your hearing aids yourself.
If you are not able to see the wax easily, the other simple way to test if wax might be blocking the receiver is to rub on the microphone when you are wearing the hearing aid. Normally, when you rub on the microphone, you will hear a very distinct sandpapery, scratchy sound. If wax is blocking the receiver, the rubbing sound will be much duller, or you might not hear anything at all.
When in doubt, clean where sound comes out of the hearing aid. Depending on your hearing aid, you might have to remove and replace a round wax trap at the end of the speaker. Or you might need to use a wire loop tool to scoop wax out of the end of the ear mold.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
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. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.