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wax in In Ear monitors

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by BassAndReeds, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    Anyone know how to clean wax out of Custom In Ear monitors?

    I was supplied with a cleaning tool that is short. I'm a bit waxy, and the wax gets further than the tool can reach.

    Thank you.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2018
  2. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
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  3. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    my sentiments exactly
  4. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
    What model do you have? Can you disassemble? Isopropyl?
  5. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    Custom in-ears. The wax is getting down the hole for the driver too far.

    I think I'm going to order a Jodi-Vac.
  6. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Take them to your audiologist, they should be able to clean them.
  7. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
  8. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2016
    Do you think they'll be using a vacuum, like the Jodi Vac? (Maybe a more higher end version)
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  9. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    I had something stuck in my ear once and the audiologist indeed used a vacuum device to get it out. I don't know if they have anything small enough to get inside a custom earbud.

    FYI, My IEMs are designed to use replaceable wax guards. https://starkeypro.com/pdfs/quicktips/Hear_Clear_Receiver_Wax_Guards.pdf You can buy the Starkey wax guards in packages as small as 4...there seems to be a lot of price variation.

    Here's another with less expensive packaging. I don't know anything about cross compatibility of what's out there. Hear Clear Wax Guards (8 Pack)
  10. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Get a sewing needle and a vacuum cleaner.. You can most of it out that way.. cheaper than pro help.
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  11. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    use a hair dryer to heat the wax and gravity to help it out of the ear bud.
    if it's like mine the hole in the end of the mold is very small but the heat trick
    might get it out of there.

    then start cleaning your ears before you use the ear buds.
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  12. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    Thread in needle's eye to wick up the wax...nice! I would be concerned about damaging the driver by creating negative pressure on the ear bud with a vacuum....or worse, losing my grip and having the earbuds sucked into the vacuum. Sorry, perhaps I am a bit paranoid :nailbiting:.
  13. Seriously. Soap, warm water, Q tip. You can’t damage anything unless you keep inserting the Q tip after you feel pain.
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  14. Ha, I broke my last set of ear buds trying to clean the wax out of them. Sucked too. They were expensive, and sounded great.
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  15. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    You gotta clean the source of wax.
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  16. monkeyland


    Jul 1, 2008
    Ft Myers, Florida
    Endorsing artist: Curt Mangan Strings, JH Audio
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  17. I've used a drill bit the same diameter as the bore in the in-ears. Spin it between your thumb and first finger as you slowly insert it. The channel in the bit will pull the wax out as it goes in. Mine are clear so I can see it going in. Be careful not to remove any plastic or damage anything.
  18. wizerd


    Jan 5, 2012
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    good thing I read this, I thought it was another 'name the band' thread
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  19. toomanyslurpees


    Jan 21, 2009
    ...I tried this, as I was explaining what happened to the ER doc it dawned on me you were probably talking about the in ears, not the ears themselves...
  20. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011

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