When fitting hearing aids, the dispenser will inquire about various physical conditions and lifestyle habits of individuals with hearing loss. One question that often leaves people puzzled is: Are you prone to 'oil ear'?
But what exactly is 'oil ear,' and can you wear hearing aids with it? Today, we'll answer these questions one by one.
What's in Your Ear?
Earwax, colloquially known as earwax, is the normal yellowish, viscous secretion in the ear canal. Its purpose is to protect the ear canal's epithelium and prevent dust, insects, and other particles from entering the ear canal, thus safeguarding the eardrum.
'Oil ear' is not a medical condition; rather, it's another oily and viscous form of earwax, commonly referred to as 'oil ear' when it accumulates in the external ear canal without drying out.
I am an 'oil ear' person.
Can You Use Hearing Aids?
Absolutely! However, considering that oily earwax is more prone to dirtying and blocking hearing aids, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when choosing hearing aids.
Prioritize Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Models: Custom-fit hearing aids and Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids have receivers that penetrate deeper into the ear canal, making them more susceptible to blockage by oily earwax, resulting in reduced or muted sound. If a user insists on choosing these models, they should be more diligent in cleaning both the ear canal and the hearing aids.
Choose Earwax Protection Devices Wisely: Oily earwax can easily clog the receiver. When selecting hearing aids, it's crucial to choose devices equipped with earwax-resistant protection, ensuring both the microphone and sound outlet are safeguarded.
Include Drying Functionality: Since the ear canal of oily ears tends to be more moist, hearing aid drying functionality is essential. When selecting hearing aids, consider the accessory's drying capabilities, or invest in a dedicated drying box.
I am an 'oil ear' person.
What to Consider When Wearing Hearing Aids
Regular Ear Cleaning: It is recommended to use disinfectant cotton swabs daily to gently clean the ear and avoid accumulation of secretions in the ear canal.
Thorough Hearing Aid Cleaning: During daily use, regularly use specialized tools to clean the earwax protection devices of the hearing aids. Pay special attention to cleaning the earwax guards of custom-fit and externally worn receiver-in-canal hearing aids to prevent earwax blockage of the sound outlet (Note: When cleaning the earwax guards, ensure that the sound outlet is facing downward), and replace the devices regularly.
Ensure Dryness and Dehumidification: When not in use, promptly wipe the hearing aids dry and open the battery compartment door to place them in a drying box. Use an electronic dehumidifier every 4-5 days for moisture removal and germ disinfection. It's advisable to seek maintenance from a professional hearing aid dispensary every 3 months to half a year.
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