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Hearing Aid Wax Guards: Why You Want Them and How They Work

By Kyle Kirkland
Medically Reviewed by Jordan Glicksman, MD, FRCSC, MPH on March 16, 2021
Earwax can be an issue with hearing aids. Here’s how hearing aid wax guards prevent it.

Hearing aids can be very helpful if you experience hearing loss, but they require a bit of maintenance. One potential issue to watch out for is wax or debris clogging your hearing aid. Clogs can damage your hearing aid temporarily or permanently. Hearing aid wax guards can protect your hearing aid and keep it working to its full potential.

What Do Hearing Aid Wax Guards Do?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, the most common reason a hearing aid might not be working is that it may be clogged with wax or debris. Hearing aids have become more advanced in recent years, but they are still small devices that can be damaged if not taken care of properly.

A hearing aid wax guard is a small screen that fits onto your hearing aid and protects it from becoming clogged.

“Hearing aid wax guards keep ear wax and other debris from entering the instrument and sticking to functional components, such as the receiver,” Angela Shoup, PhD, president of the American Academy of Audiology, tells WebMD Connect to Care.

The receiver, the microphone, and the amplifier are the three main parts of a hearing aid. The receiver sends sounds into your ear.

“If ear wax or other debris builds up on the receiver or other internal components, the device will require either cleaning and repair by an audiologist, or may have to be sent to the manufacturer for repair,” Shoup says. “The hearing aid wax guard serves as a preventive measure to trap the ear wax, dust or debris, allowing the hearing aid user to remove it without damaging the device. They are typically easy for the hearing aid user to change as part of routine cleaning of the device.”

According to Mayo Clinic, ear wax is a natural part of your body’s defenses against dirt and bacteria. Even with its natural benefits, ear wax can be bad for your hearing aids. Hearing aid wax guards are useful because they can easily be cleaned or changed to extend the lifespan of your hearing aids, leading to less time and money spent on ordering new hearing aids.

Hearing Loss Can Be Treated and Managed.

In many cases, hearing loss is a treatable condition. It is worth taking the time out to get the answers and treatment you or your loved one deserves. Don’t wait. Start today.