Best Practices for Hearing Aid Wearers to Manage Ear Wax Build-Up

Ear wax build up and hearing aids: Why is it common for ear wax to accumulate and cause blockages which affect hearing aid function.

Hearing aids can improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss. However, one challenge that hearing aid wearers face is the build-up of earwax. This can lead to blocked ears and interfere with the functioning of the hearing aids.

Understanding the Relationship Between Hearing Aids and Ear Wax Build-Up.

  • Stimulate cerumen ( ear wax production)
  • Blocks the ear wax’s natural migration out of the outer ear canal

Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Ear Wax Build-Up

  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Earache or pain
  • Reduced hearing or muffled sounds
  • Itching or irritation in the ear
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
  • Whistling sound when hearing aid is inside the ear canal

Methods of Ear Wax Removal

  • Softening with olive oil
  • Manual removal by a healthcare professional clinically trained in microsuction
  • Ear cleaning

Prevention of Ear Wax Build-Up

  • Twice a year ear clean to maintain ear wax build-up to help with hearing for adults and children
  • Avoidance of using cotton swabs or other objects to clean the ear


  • Microsuction is the best practice for ear wax removal and prevention
  • The Expert Ear Nurses at Crystal Clear Ears provide excellent microsuction services to help hearing aid wearers manage ear wax build-up effectively.

Cindy Morris, Registered Nurse Education Coordinator