How to change the wax guard on your hearing aid

The How to change the wax guard on your hearing aid Honiton Hearing Centre, Devon video demonstrates how easy it is to replace wax guards on in-the-ear and receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids. The disposable wax guard, in the hearing aid, stops all the wax going into the hearing aid and killing it. The wax guard should be changed on a regular basis.

In the ear hearing aid

Changing the wax guard on the in the ear hearing aid

Hello, it’s Colin Eaton the audiologist here at Honiton Hearing Centre and I thought I would talk to you today about changing wax guards on hearing aids. It’s a question I am often asked.

You’ve got two types of hearing aids mainly available. One is in the ear hearing aid, and the little wax guard is just there, and that stops all the wax going into the hearing aid and killing it. These are meant to be disposable items. So it’s quite important, not only to keep them clean, but to actually take them out and change them on a fairly regular basis.Similarly, on a more complex receiver in the canal product like this one, there is a wax guard behind the dome, and I’ll show you how to move that one in a minute. I’ve got here, on the bench, 3 just different types of generic wax guards that are available from most of the manufacturers in the UK. Here we have one that is made by a company called Oticon. This one is a wax changing tool made by Phonak and Unitron and Widex. And similarly we’ve got one here made by Starkey. Bearing in mind they are all based on the same thing, I’ll take the Starkey stick and I’ll show you how to change one on the in the ear hearing aid.

Let’s just show you how to remove it. What we do is we look at the stick, we find the threaded end, we screw the threaded end into the end of the wax guard until it locks. And then we pull. That’s taken the old wax guard out. Now we turn the stick around, because we have a new wax guard on the end, and we push that into the bushing on the bottom of the hearing instrument. That’s one changed wax guard now. We can wipe that off with an antiseptic wet wipe and it’s ready to go back in your ear. And that is deposited in the bin.

Similarly with the receiver in the canal, just let me move this one out the way. Receiver in the canal instruments we take the dome off. So grip the dome fairly strongly in your fingers and pull gently. Then it will come off. And there we can see clearly that there’s a wax guard just in the end. And we’re going to do exactly the same as we’ve done with the in the ear hearing aid. Take one of the sticks out of the pack, screw our wax guard in, until it locks, and then pull. And it should come out. Turn it around. Click on your wax guard in and then discard the soiled wax guard. Make sure that’s nicely seated. Check the dome, make sure the dome’s nice and clean. This one is as it happens to be a new one. And then just push it back on again until it clicks on the cleats, folding the right way. And then that’s ready to go back in your ear again.

So that’s how you change the wax guards on most modern hearing instruments. Be they either receiver in the canal or in the ear. And this one if it was an Oticon aid, instead of using an orange stick you would just click into that and pull it out and then click the new guard in.
That’s it, your turn now.

The receiver in the canal hearing aid with the dome removed

Removing the wax guard from the in the canal hearing aid

Hearing aid wax guard replacement at the Honiton Hearing Centre

Wax guards are meant to be disposable items, so it’s quite important, not only to keep them clean, but to actually take them out and change them regularly.

Colin Eaton, the audiologist at the Honiton Hearing Centre has produced a video showing you how to go about replacing the wax guards on the in-the-ear-hearing aids and the receiver-in-the-canal hearing aids.

If you live in Devon, Exeter, Wellington or any where close to Honiton we can arrange to do this for you.