Update on use of Jodi-Vac.
I’ve been a Jod-Vac user for over 2 years now. It’s great for vacuuming lint off microphone openings, cleaning ear wax out of receiver openings and off mold surfaces.
When I got mine in December, 2018, the vac just came with a narrow blunt-ended PINK needle. Now, in addition, other needle sizes are available. A much bigger bore BLACK needle and a much narrower bore BLUE needle.
With the pink needle, I have enough wax on the outside of my molds that the syringe needle would clog at least several times in vacuuming each mold (same when I wore domes). The bore of the black needle is big enough it can suck up all the wax off a mold without clogging once while still having excellent suction. I highly recommend getting the black needle if you haven’t tried it already (someone else has already mentioned the black needle in passing in another thread on cleaning HA’s but I thought I’d second the finding and put the news out front and center in a thread devoted to the Jodi-Vac).
The blue needle is much narrower and could conceivably be inserted into a microphone opening (the pink needle can’t). When buying supplies from Jodi-Vac, I suggested that blue needle might be better than the pink needle if used very carefully to clean microphone openings. Kat read me the riot act. DON’T EVER DO THAT! (or something like that, in all purple caps at a very LARGE font size!). The official use of the blue needle is: “for Thin Tube (Open Ear).”
The descriptions of currently available Jodi-Vac supplies is on the following web page. When I got my Jodi-Vac, the Jodi-Vac itself was cheaper on Amazon than direct from Jodi-Vac but at least some of the supplies have to be ordered directly from the company. Jodi-Vac - Jodi-Consumer - Consumer Hearing Aid Vacuum Product Details The company service is great and very prompt!
I do wonder, since I use my Jodi-Vac every day, whether the modest vibrations transmitted down the vacuum tubing to the needle tip from the device pump might have something to do with the several HA body failures I’ve had. I used to press the needle tip hard against the microphone openings the better to make sure I was sucking air through the microphone openings to clean them out. Kat took a dim view of the vibration hypothesis (I suggested better insulating the tubing from the pump movement). So now I’m skimming the surface of my HA body as lightly as possible with the needle tip. It does seem as the Jodi-Vac wax filter on the pump gets filled up, the pump labors more so maybe I should just be changing out the wax filter on the pump a bit more frequently rather than letting it fill completely up (~1 year between changes for me, heretofore).