Changing wax guards on Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids
Sometimes a hearing aid that doesn’t seem to be working anymore just needs a little TLC.
Hearing Solutions registered Audiology Manager takes through how to change wax guards on your BTE hearing aids in this step-by-step tutorial video.
With the help of this video that’s part of Hearing Solutions’ aural rehabilitation tutorial series, shows you how to easily and quickly get rid of wax build-up in your hearing instruments at home.
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‘How to replace wax guards on BTE hearing aids’ video transcripts
My name is Andreas Seelisch and I’m an audiologist with Hearing Solutions.
One of the main reasons that people come in to the clinic with their hearing aids is due to wax blockage.
Wax production is a normal process in our ear and it’s supposed to happen.
However, gradually over time the wax can accumulate within the device and performance can go down.
This process can be very gradual.
People don’t always even notice.
However, hearing aid manufacturers have taken this in to account and developed wax protection systems to prevent wax from damaging components.
These wax protection filters can be changed very easily by the patient in their own home.
Most filter systems come in a paper packaging.
Once removed, there will be instructions to guide the patient inside of the packaging.
Opening up the plastic package, there should be a filter of some sort, as well as a prong or tool to extract the old filter.
In a non-custom behind-the-ear device, one has to remove the rubber dome or cap first.
Underneath it there should be a little ring or plastic filter that may be accumulated with wax.
The prong is then placed within the old filter.
After poking it you should be able to pull it away and it pulls the filter out of the tip.
Flipping it over, a new filter is put in its place and it should stay behind.
The rubber cap is then just replaced and once securely in place, everything is back to normal.
My name is Andreas Seelisch and I’m an audiologist working with Hearing Solutions.
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