Hearing aids vs. ear wax.

Q.  My ears produce an uncommon amount of wax.  Are there some hearing aid models that are more resistant to wax?

A.  All hearing aids are equally susceptible to being blocked by wax.  The good news is there are some basic steps you can easily take to reduce the wax in your ears and to keep your hearing aids clean and working clearly.

Use a Q-Tip to remove the wax from the outer portion of your canal.  Doing this every day is fine.  Use a dry Q-Tip.  Do no plunge the Q-Tip into your ear.  Gently twirl it into the outer portion of your canal where the hearing aid fits.  If it is uncomfortable, go no further.

You can also clean your hearing aids to remove accumulated wax.  We recommend you clean your hearing aids once a week.  It only takes a minute to remove and clean the speaker cover, and then check and clean or replace the speaker wax guard.

Do not be intimidated.  You can do it.  And your hearing aid specialist can show you how easy it is to clean your hearing aids.  Or we can.  Just give us a call.

If you are ready to hear better with the best hearing aids, call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a complete and thorough appointment.  We put hearing aids on our patients immediately after their hearing test.  We also provide 4-week hearing aid trials so patients can fully test out hearing aids before a purchase.  When you come back for weekly follow-ups during the trial, we provide detailed coaching and support.

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.