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Earwax Buildup with Hearing Aids


earwax buildup

Once you are diagnosed with hearing loss, there is generally one type of treatment option available to you. You will most likely see a hearing instrument specialist who will provide you with hearing aids. Hearing aids will ensure that you can access a better quality of life which is vital. It can ensure that you don’t develop any mental issues that can be quite common due to hearing loss including depression. 

That said, it’s fair to say that hearing aids can cause a few issues. The good news is that these can be easily corrected and dealt with by you. You won’t have to worry about problems here if you take our advice. One of the most common issues with hearing aids is a buildup of earwax.

Why do you get a buildup of earwax with hearing aids? 

There are a couple of things to be aware of about earwax. First, it’s not a sign of a medical issue. Earwax develops naturally in the ear, but some people generate more of it than others. This isn’t based on how much you clean or look after your ears, it’s entirely due to differences in genetics. 

The other thing to be aware of is that your ears are self-cleaning. As such, typically excess earwax as well as other issues will be pushed to the surface of your ears. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry about problems with infections and other more severe medical issues. For this to happen, there must be an opening which there is naturally. However, when you wear hearing aids, your ears are blocked. So, there’s nowhere for the wax to go. As such, if you do have a buildup of earwax it can get trapped in your ears. 

What type of problems does this cause?

There are two main issues here to be aware of. The first is that both your ears and your hearing aids can get clogged up with earwax. This can lead to problems with your hearing as well as issues with the hearing aids themselves. You might also find that this causes you to develop hearing issues. Your hearing aids won’t work as effectively while you can have further issues with your ears as well. It’s possible to people who experience problems with irritation or even pain. You might also notice trouble with tinnitus, or your hearing could be echoed. This is usually because your earwax has become impacted. Essentially, it will have hardened and formed a wall in your ear canal. This can make it incredibly difficult to hear. 

Steps to take

The first step is to make sure that you are cleaning your hearing aids. It’s important to take care to avoid damaging the device. You cannot soak the device in water. What you can do is use a damp cloth to clean the outside as well as around the tube. This is going to get rid of most of the earwax. You can also think about using a soft brush to get rid of any earwax that might have hardened or formed a crust. 

You can also use a damp cloth to clean around the outer ear. You might have noticed a buildup of earwax around this area too. That’s quite common with hearing aids and it can be quite severe. But you’ll be able to clean it off easily just by using a damp cloth. 

It can be tempting to try and put something in your ear to clean out wax that has built up in the ear canal. A common option that people tend to favor is a cotton swab. It’s important that you don’t take this step as it can be quite dangerous. It will often lead to further damage to your ears and potentially increase issues with your hearing. You could even perforate your eardrum. 

Instead, you should make sure that you are getting your ears cleaned out professionally. This will involve squirting a liquid down your ear canal in a controlled environment. This will soften any wax that has hardened and allow it to drip out. While this can be an odd experience it certainly doesn’t hurt and won’t provide high levels of discomfort either. As such, it can be a great choice and you will see the benefits of this immediately. 

To learn more about Palmetto Hearing Healthcare Center contact Summerville at 843-571-0744, or Charleston at 866-571-0744. They will help you learn more about how to effectively take care of your hearing aids.

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