Today, not for the first time, I removed a rubber dome from a customer’s ear in my wax removal clinic. The dome is the little attachment on the end of a tube or receiver wire that channels the sound from the hearing aid to the ear drum. They are made of very soft rubber and come in a variety of sizes. If you wear this style of hearing aid it’s really important to check that the dome is still attached when you take the aids out of ears. It is very unusual for this to happen although I did remove three domes from a customer’s ear recently! Because the customer did not know it was there, he continued to wear his hearing aid which pressed the dome deeper in the ear and wax formed around it so I couldn’t see it initially. When I realised it was there I was able to gently remove it with a pair of crocodile scissors.
How to prevent this happening : the domes are held onto the tube or wire using retention so do not repeatedly remove and replace the dome as it will become loose. Try to clean the dome while it is still attached and replace regularly. Always check the dome is still there when removing aids from ears.
Always see your ear care professional if you are worried a dome is in the ear canal. Here at WaxAxe, we can help. Get in touch here.
DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF WITH TWEEZERS