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What are ear wax guards?

Just like any other device you own, hearing aids require some basic maintenance to keep them operating at their best. The hearing aid receiver sits inside your ear, so it is exposed to ear wax and other debris on a daily basis. The receiver can get clogged and cause performance issues if you’re not properly cleaning it and replacing the wax guards when needed.

Wax guards are tiny screens on the hearing aid that prevent ear wax, dust or debris from entering and clogging the hearing aid receiver.

Ear wax plays an important role for your ear

Ear wax is usually out of sight, out of mind — a part of our bodies that we don’t often think about or discuss. But when you wear hearing aids, you have to monitor it on a regular basis. Ear wax is part of your ear’s natural defense that works to keep your ear healthy by keeping dirt and bacteria at bay. But while good for your ear, it can be bad if it’s clogging your hearing aids.

Wax guards protect your hearing aids, and your ears

Wax guards act as screens that trap ear wax, dirt and dust, keeping your hearing aids operating at top level. When the performance of your hearing aids is affected by ear wax, your hearing clarity will be, too. You want to ensure you always have a wax guard on each hearing aid and that you change them regularly in order to protect your investment and keep hearing your best.

How often to replace your wax guards

It’s important to check your hearing aids for wax every day. And while you should check your hearing aid user guide or ask your hearing specialist for the recommended schedule, most wax guards are usually changed once per month. If you notice the hearing aid isn’t performing at its best, make sure to check the wax filter to see if that could be the issue. You’ll also want to still lightly clean your devices when you remove them each night, according to your hearing aid instructions.

Wax guards are easy to change, as your hearing aid kit should come with easy-to-use tools to help you remove the old filter and add the new one. See your hearing aid user guide or ask your hearing specialist for help on how to change your wax guards.

How to change hearing aid wax guards

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Dr. Emily Smith

Dr. Emily Smith is a lead audiologist at, a global leader in hearing care and the largest online retailer of medical-grade hearing aids. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and has performed hundreds of Teleaudiology appointments to help people find greater access to hearing healthcare. Outside of audiology, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, and traveling with her friends and family, and has two dogs, Baxter and Piper.

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