Hearing aid wax filters are tiny parts that do a mighty job of helping you hear clearly. Learn more about what they do, how to care for them and how to change them when necessary.
Hearing aid wax filters are tiny components of your hearing aid, but they play a big role in ensuring it keeps working. These tiny filters for hearing aids do the important job of keeping out ear wax, skin oils, dirt and dust—all of which can clog up your devices. The biggest foe these filters have is the ear wax that your ears continually produce, which is why you might also hear them called “hearing aid wax filters.” While it is healthy and normal to have ear wax, it can build up quickly and stop your devices from working.
The form and kind of hearing aid you have will dictate the type of hearing aid wax filters that are used.
Most, if not all, hearing aids have wax filters that protect their delicate parts, but where they are located will vary. Because there are many types of hearing aids, it’s important that you get to know your specific model. Ask your hearing care professional to demonstrate all the hearing aid parts—including the wax filters—so you know what’s what.
The question of how often to change wax filters in hearing aids is one that has a very individual answer. For each of us, the amount of ear wax we produce is different, affecting how often the filters should be changed. On average, the recommendation is that they be changed at least every month. But, as part of your daily hearing aid cleaning and maintenance routine, you should look at the filters. If it looks like they’re plugged, it’s time to change them.
The process and tools necessary to change a hearing aid filter will depend on the type of hearing aid you own, but there are two common ways.
The first involves a small, stick-like tool—one end has a new filter (typically white), and the other end is empty.
The second involves a disc-shaped tool with two holes inside—one is empty, and the other contains a new filter.
Cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your hearing aids, and it’s recommended that you do it daily. Use tools from your hearing care provider that are specially designed for hearing aids, like brushes and picks that can get into the small nooks and crannies of the device. Only wipe your hearing aids down with soft, dry, non-abrasive cloths and always avoid getting your hearing aids wet. If the buildup on the hearing aid filter isn’t coming clean easily, it’s likely time to change it.
Part of finding the right hearing aid is determining which ones are easiest for you to handle, whether that’s putting them on, cleaning them or making adjustments during wear. Book a Miracle-Ear appointment at a location near you to talk to a hearing care professional, take a look at different models and have a discussion about your hearing health. Our HCPs will explain everything you need to know about hearing aid care and maintenance, including how to clean and change hearing aid filters.