Hearing Aids Get Waxy

Q.  A friend of mine who has worn hearing aids for a few years says she has to watch out for them becoming blocked with wax.  I am now a likely candidate for hearing aids.  Are some hearing aids better at not becoming blocked with wax?

A.  Since hearing aids are in our ear canals, they are susceptible our ear wax.  Some styles of hearing aids are more susceptible to that wax than others.

  There are essentially two styles of hearing aids – custom and behind the ear.  Custom hearing aids fit fully within the ear canal and sometimes also take up some or all of the space just outside of the canal.  Custom hearing aids are typically more susceptible to ear wax due to their full and deep fit into the ear canal.

  Behind-the-ear hearing aids come in two general styles.  One style uses a full, custom earpiece, much like a custom hearing aids.  This version of a behind-the-ear hearing aid is just as susceptible to ear wax as a custom hearing aid. 

  The style of hearing aids that are the least susceptible to wax are behind-the-ear hearing aids that have a small speaker with a small silicon cover in the ear canal.

  All hearing aids can be cleaned at home without the need for an appointment at a hearing center. Make sure your hearing center provides you with the appropriate cleaning supplies for your style of hearing aid.

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin.  We are making appointments for new patients on a selective basis.  Get your ears checked and your hearing tested.  Then listen to some hearing aids.  We provide coaching on cleaning and make adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial for patients to fully test hearing aids before they make a final purchase.