PACIFIC HEARING SERVICE
Are You Experiencing Earwax Blockage?
Your body produces earwax (also called cerumen) to moisturize the ear canal, fight off infections, and shield against dirt. Although earwax helps keep your ear canals healthy, it can often block the ear canals, causing reduced hearing. Fortunately, this is one hearing problem that is easily remedied!
The audiologists at Pacific Hearing Service are experts in earwax removal. We use a range of removal techniques to safely extract a build-up of earwax and improve your hearing. These techniques may include suction, gentle use of curettes, application of ear wax softeners, and irrigation.
With just a few steps, occluding earwax can be removed, making a significant difference in your hearing.
What is Earwax?
Earwax consists of dead skin cells and secretions in the ear canal created by the ceruminous and sebaceous glands. Typically, earwax works its way along the ear canal toward the outer ear, coating the canal to collect debris.
When earwax reaches the opening of the ear it either falls out or is removed when you wash. Most of the time, you don’t even notice this.
How Does Earwax Become Impacted?
One of the main factors contributing to earwax impaction is the use of cotton swabs.
When you try to remove earwax by inserting a cotton swab in your ear, you usually make things worse.
You may get a small amount on the tip of the swab making you think you have been successful, but you have likely pushed even more wax deep into the ear canal where this excess can start accumulating. The deeper the accumulation, the more challenging it may be for your hearing care professional to remove it.
Removal may also be more uncomfortable when the buildup is deeper, in the more sensitive portions of the ear canal. Remember what your mother told you: “Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear canal!”
How Do I Know I Have a Buildup?
There are various indicators of wax buildup, but the most common include:
- Hearing loss
- Sense of ear fullness
- Itching in the ear
- Ringing in the ears
Earwax Removal Treatment
The best way to extract earwax is to consult with a specialist who can use expert tools to safely remove it and clean your ear.
At Pacific Hearing Service, we offer earwax removal by using a syringe or curette.
Our team simply fills the syringe with water and inserts it into the ear to flush out any compacted wax. For stubborn blockages, we can use a scoop tool that allows us to carve out the wax with a curette.
What we emphasize is that our team is expertly trained in earwax removal and has been practicing for many years.
Although an at-home DIY removal can be a quick band-aid to the problem, one simple mistake can be extremely detrimental to your ear health, causing further impact, infection, or even eardrum perforation.
If you’re experiencing a buildup of ear wax or any other troubles with your hearing, get in touch with a member of our team and we can assist you with your earwax removal and help you prevent any problems in the future.
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