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This entry was posted on 15th June 2012 by ran.
Earwax or cerumen can be detrimental to hearing aids along with moisture and accumulated debris. To keep and preserve your hearing aid in a good condition and for longer, you need to take care of it and clean both your ears and the device regularly. However, first you need to understand fully what earwax is, what its functions are and how most effectively to clean your ears and hearing aid parts from it.
What is earwax?
Earwax secretion is the natural mechanism of the ear to protect itself from dust, insects, fungi and external particles that enter the ear canal and may damage it. Having earwax is completely normal and cleaning it should be done very carefully, mostly in the outer ear. Some people suffer from excessive earwax build-up, though, that may lead to compaction and hearing loss as well as clog a hearing aid.
How to clean ears
The most important thing to remember when cleaning your ears is to be extremely careful and never to insert any objects, such as cotton buds, bobby pins, napkin corners, etc deep into your ear canal. It is highly likely to push the earwax further in the ear canal and to cause compaction or to perforate your eardrum. Regular home cleaning of the ears should be restricted to the outer part of the ear done gently with a damp cotton bud. In case the earwax has hardened and feels uncomfortable, you can try special cleaning kits with solutions, e.g. baby oil, eardrops, carbamide peroxide that will melt the earwax and let it flow out of your ear. You can also use products like Audiclean Cleansing Ear Wash, Waxsol Ear Drops or Earpal Ear Wax Remover.
Should these methods not prove effective and there is still an obstruction, irritation or you suspect hearing loss due to earwax compaction, you should consult with a specialist to remove the earwax from your inner ear. Such procedure is recommended twice a year for those with excessive earwax or the hard of hearing wearing hearing aids.
Earwax and hearing aids
While earwax is natural and healthy for the ear, it can be damaging for hearing aids. It can compromise the quality and the power of the sound and even damage the delicate hearing aid parts and clog the tubing, domes, leave debris on the microphone, etc. That is why it is very important to clean your hearing aid thoroughly and regularly.
There are various tools to help you clean the hearing aid such as 5 in one cleaning tool, air puffers, brushes, cleaning pens. At hearingdirect.com you can find plenty of cleaning and hygiene products for hearing aids. To clean you hearing aid, you need to remove the plastic body with the electronic parts from the tubing and domes. If your hearing aid is equipped with a filter or wax guard, check for accumulated wax and whether the filter needs replacement. Use wax loops and brushes gently to remove debris. You can insert a flexible wire into the tubing to push out any dirt or wax, use an air puffer if it is dry or soak them in a cleaning solution and leave them to dry before reassembling them again.
This entry was posted in Hearing Information on 15th June 2012 by ran.
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