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Hearing Aids and Earwax

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An Ear Impacted by Wax

Did you know that wax buildup can pose problems for hearing aid wearers? If you’re having trouble with too much earwax, it’s time to kick things up a notch in the hygiene department. People who wear hearing aids are more prone to earwax buildup. So it’s important that you practice earwax removal on a regular basis.

This will ensure that your hearing aids function at their very best while promoting better hearing at the same time. When removing earwax, you can’t have too much of a good thing. The better you become at making it a regular habit, the less you’ll have to worry about hearing aid issues and associated hearing loss.

Does wearing hearing aids cause more earwax?

Many people who wear hearing aids are likely to notice increased conditions of earwax buildup. This is because hearing aids cause your ears to produce cerumen, or earwax. When this happens, your ear canals can become blocked with the excessive earwax buildup.

Not only can your ear canals become blocked, but your hearing aids can experience blockages, as well. The best way to alleviate these issues is to practice regular wax removal. If you neglect to safely remove the earwax inside your ears, you could experience head and neck pain, earaches, ear or skin infections, or other health risks.

Your hearing aids are only capable of providing so much improvement in your hearing. If your ears become too clogged with cerumen, you can’t expect to get relief from your hearing aids. Hearing loss is likely to occur when there is a lot of earwax in your outer ear, so use the necessary items and solutions to remove the excess buildup from your affected ear canal.

How do you remove earwax from hearing aids?

Let’s be clear, cerumen is good to have in your ear canal. Earwax is responsible for catching debris and preventing it from reaching your eardrum. However, too much earwax can lead to health complications. Any time you chew food or open your mouth to talk, you are naturally working to clean earwax out of your ear canal.

This effectively prevents unnecessary accumulation from occurring. Of course, there are certain issues that arise that interfere with this natural process. When this happens, it becomes easier for debris to enter your ear canal and reach your eardrum.

Many times, the hearing center that you got your hearing aids from will give you a special cleaning kit that is designed specifically for removing earwax and other debris. If, however, you did not receive one, you can pick up these kits from most retail stores.

These kits come with several helpful tools that make cleaning your hearing aids a breeze. If earwax has impacted your hearing aids for too long, it could damage your hearing devices and cause problems. If that’s the case, we offer replacement ear domes and sound tubes.

You might also want to invest in a hearing aid dryer to protect them from moisture. These handy tools help keep your hearing aids dry and prevent the risk of damage. Using a hearing aid dryer every day will help to prolong the life of your hearing devices while reducing the risk of medical complications.

What dissolves earwax fast?

Hydrogen peroxide has long been used by many people to naturally keep their ears dry. By using peroxide in your ear cleaning regimen, you will find that it is one of the easiest methods for earwax removal.

When using this solution for wax removal, you want to lay on your side and administer drops into the ear facing up. Stay still for about 5 minutes so that you give enough time for the peroxide to dissolve any earwax inside your ear.

Afterward, get up and repeat this cleaning process on the other ear. Make sure that you get both ears so you can be sure to get the best results from your hearing aids.

You may use tissue or cotton swabs to soak up any peroxide that seeps out of your ears. Be sure to clean your ears regularly to ensure that each ear canal is free of dirt and buildup.

It’s important to note that using cotton swabs inside of your ears is strongly advised against. Sticking anything into your canals to clean the wax from your ears can lead to health complications. If this happens, you should contact your doctor right away.

Stick with over-the-counter kits that are naturally designed to clean the wax from your ears. Just be sure to follow the directions closely to ensure that you get the best results. In doing so, you shouldn’t have to worry about any complications affecting your hearing or hearing aids. If you have health concerns, it’s best to contact your medical provider so they can help clean your ears.

Can ear wax make you deaf?

If your ears produce too much earwax and you’re experiencing difficulty hearing, you should contact your doctor to have a hearing test administered. A hearing test may help identify any issues related to your hearing loss.

It’s possible that your hearing aid just needs a good cleaning. However, if there is a lot of earwax in the way, you may require more extensive care to resolve your concerns. While hearing loss is certainly possible, it is unlikely to be permanent.

The better care you give your ears, the better each hearing aid is likely to work. You can avoid health complications by thoroughly cleaning each hearing aid on a regular basis. Dirt in your hearing aid is often related to hearing issues. So it’s important to be diligent in how regularly you clean your hearing devices and any accumulated wax.

You may want to set a schedule so you remember to clean the wax from your ears on a regular basis. This will go a long way in ensuring your health and safety. Also, find a safe and effective cleaning kit to remove the wax. By following a strict schedule, you can look forward to getting better performance from your hearing aids.

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