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Three Signs Of Damage To Look For While Changing Out Your Hearing Aid’s Wax Filter

To save as much money as you can, it’s important to deal with any emergent maintenance problems with your hearing aid as soon as possible. While it’s not always easy to notice a problem with your hearing aid’s internal electronic parts, some things can be noticed when you’re doing something as simple as changing out a wax filter. When you remove your hearing aid’s wax filter and put in a new one, look for these three signs that your hearing aid needs repair work.

You Can’t Get The Old Filter Out Without Using Your Fingernails

An old hearing aid wax filter should come out effortlessly when you use a removal tool provided in a wax filter replacement pack. Whether the tool is the other side of the stick a replacement filter is attached to or an external instrument, it’s a bad sign if you have to take the old filter out using your fingernails.

This could be a sign that the hearing aid’s structure has suffered from warping due to moisture contamination. If the passage holding the wax filter is tighter than it should be, it’s imperative that you get a professional to look at what parts of the hearing aid need to be repaired or replaced.

You Notice A Crack In The Hearing Aid’s Structure When You Remove The Old Filter

Once the old filter is removed, shine a flashlight into the hole you create. Even if the filter came out effortlessly, you should be very concerned if cracks are visible in the cavity.

A crack is a problem because it often exposes fragile electronic parts to air that it shouldn’t be exposed to. While your new wax filter will partially protect a crack from contamination, it can’t stop everything.

The New Wax Filter Slides Farther Into The Hearing Aid Than Normal

An external hearing aid passage that’s too loose is just as much of a problem as one that’s too tight. If your new filter starts creeping into the passage every time you put a little pressure on it, it’ll eventually go so far that it becomes almost impossible to remove. Additionally, you’ll unnecessarily expose the outer parts of the hearing aid passage to wax.

The hearing aid’s exterior structure needs to be strong as possible if it’s going to properly protect the fragile parts within. So even if you don’t see how a problem that primarily affects your wax filter puts your whole hearing aid in jeopardy, don’t hesitate to consult a hearing aid repair professional.