Your Hearing Aid Wax Guard

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wax guard

Most styles of hearing aids use white wax guards to protect the receiver of the hearing aid from damage caused by earwax. Depending on the amount of earwax in an ear, the wax guard may need frequent changing. In some models of hearing aids, the wax guard is hidden underneath the dome, or even embedded inside a custom ear mold attached to the receiver wire.

Change your wax guard if your hearing aid sounds weak or dead. To Change Your Wax Guard, Follow These Simple Steps:

  1. If your device is a behind the ear style, remove the dome by pinching and wiggling it off the receiver. This will expose the white wax guard underneath.
  2. Insert the black prong end of the wax guard stick into the soiled white wax guard of your hearing aid.
  3. Pull the stick straight out of your hearing aid to remove the soiled wax guard from your device.
  4. Flip the wax guard stick around so that the end with the fresh wax guard is ready to be inserted into your hearing aid.
  5. Using the wax guard stick, insert the fresh wax guard into the receiver of your hearing aid.
  6. Pat the new wax guard in your device lightly with your finger, to ensure the wax guard is seated fully into your device.
  7. If your device is a behind the ear style, replace the dome by wiggling it back over the receiver. Check to make certain it is securely attached, to avoid it accidentally falling off your ear.

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Changing a CeruShield

Your hearing aid is a receiver-in-canal style, and has a wax filter, called a CeruShield, at the end of the receiver which will require regular cleaning and replacement as required.

The CeruShield can block up from time to time, which can make the hearing aid sound softer, or work intermittently, or not work at all, so it’s important to check that it is clear to ensure your hearing aid continues to work optimally for you. The CeruShield is the small white filter located at the end of the receiver of your hearing aid.

CeruShield

In order to access the CeruShield, you will need to remove the dome at the end of the receiver. To remove the dome, grasp the tip of the dome between your thumb and forefinger and pull it off the receiver.

CeruShieldCeruShields come in a black disk, and contain eight cerushields.

You will notice two openings in the disk, labelled ‘1’ and ‘2.’ You need to turn the top dial of the disc to access a new cerushield, which is located at opening 2. The disc itself is used to remove the existing CeruShield from your hearing aid receiver, located at opening 1 (also marked with the image of a rubbish bin).

Some tips for handling the CeruShield disk:

  • Do not press the disk when trying to turn it (this makes it harder to turn)
  • Place your fingers gently on the arrows or grooves of the disk and turn
  • Do not place your fingers on the openings of the disk to turn

To remove and replace the CeruShield in your hearing aid:

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Turn the dial clockwise to reveal a new cerushield in opening 2

 

CeruShield

Place the end of the hearing aid receiver into opening 1 and push down. You may feel or hear a light click. Remove, and you should see the old CeruShield sitting in opening 1.

 

CeruShield

Place the end of the hearing aid receiver into opening 2 and push down. You may feel or hear a light click. Remove, and you should see the new CeruShield sitting in the hearing aid receiver.

To reattach the dome, pushing it back onto the end of the receiver until it is secure.