Safe and Effective Earwax Removal
Do people’s voices seem to be far away or muffled? Are your ears feeling stuffy or achy, but you don’t have a cold?
What you’re experiencing could be linked to built-up or impacted earwax.
Although a natural cleaning process for your ears, earwax buildup can lead to temporary or sudden hearing loss, a feeling of stuffiness in your ears, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, infections, ringing in your ears, and/or pressure and pain.
Attempting to remove earwax by yourself may make things worse, so your best option is to contact a professional for safe and effective earwax removal.
Earwax: Nature’s Cleaning Service for Your Ears
Designed to lubricate and clean out dirt, fungus, bacteria, and other debris from your ear canals, the sticky, wax-like oil we call earwax is called cerumen. It is a natural substance produced by glands in your ear canals to help keep them healthy.
Earwax usually balls up around whatever it attracts and traps, and then it works its way toward the opening of your ear canals while you talk and chew. Once it reaches the opening, it falls out on its own or can be easily wiped away.
There is a delicate balance between having enough earwax and having too much, so part of keeping your ears healthy involves the proper removal of earwax by a professional.
Our Earwax Removal Process
The safest way to remove earwax is to consult with a specialist who is trained in audiology. An audiologist will use specialty tools to safely remove excessive earwax and clean your ears, ensuring your hearing is prioritized.
At Hearing & Balance Clinics, we use many procedures to remove any stubborn earwax, ensuring it is both painless and safe. On occasion, you may be sent home with an earwax softener to use prior to removal in the office.
Most importantly, our audiologists have experience dealing with all kinds of ear conditions and are aware of the ear’s delicate anatomy, making the process safe, effective, and painless.
Is it safe to remove earwax at home by using cotton swabs or ear candles?
Neither of these methods is safe. With cotton swabs, you are more apt to pack the earwax tighter or do damage to your ear canal or eardrum. The idea of putting hot wax into your ear in an attempt to remove earwax is dangerous all the way around, and you’re likely to burn your ears.
What causes earwax to get built up or impacted?
Excessive earwax buildup can be related to narrow ear canals, loss of elasticity from aging, living/working in dusty environments, and hearing aid use. However, the most common cause is the use of cotton swabs in an attempt to clean out your own earwax.
How often should I have professional earwax removal?
Those who produce excess amounts of earwax may need more frequent earwax removal. Hearing aid wearers often require frequent earwax removal because your hearing aids prevent wax from getting all the way out of your ears.
Does earwax removal hurt?
No. The most common earwax removal technique involves flushing your ear out with warm water, which feels pretty good, actually. If we have to reach some wax with a curette, we don’t have to dig around because it’s easier to see from our vantage point.
Can I schedule an earwax removal appointment at your Loganville-based audiology clinic?
Sure. You can use the contact form below to schedule your appointment at the Lavonia, Watkinsville, or Loganville clinic near you.
What are the signs and symptoms of excessive earwax buildup?
Common excessive earwax buildup symptoms are temporary or sudden hearing loss, a feeling of stuffiness in your ears, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, infections, ringing in your ears, and/or pressure and pain.
How long does an earwax removal procedure typically take?
You can figure on about 5 to 10 minutes for each ear.
Will I experience immediate relief after earwax removal?
We sure hope so. Removing impacted earwax brings immediate relief for the majority of our patients.
What if I have impacted or hard-to-reach earwax?
Impacted or hard-to-reach earwax is more of a challenge and it is apt to cause more aches and pains, but the removal process is essentially the same; it just takes a bit longer.
Can earwax removal be performed on both ears during the same appointment?
Yes. In fact, even if you are only experiencing issues with one ear, we’ll take a look at the other one and clean it while you’re here.
Is there anything I can do at home to safely remove earwax?
If you need some instant relief from impacted earwax, you can find relief at home by using a softening agent like mineral oil or olive oil and following these steps:
- Place 2-3 drops of oil in one ear.
- Lie sideways for approximately five minutes to allow for the oil to “sit and soak.”
- Wipe any excess oil from the outside of your ear with a soft cloth.
- Repeat on your other ear.
- Continue this treatment for 3-4 days.
This process will help soften the wax so that it works its way out of your ears naturally and avoids the problem of damaging your ears or making things worse.
Schedule Your Earwax Removal Appointment
Stuffiness, earaches, temporary hearing loss, tinnitus, and muffled sound can all be symptoms of built-up or impacted earwax. Since most home remedies are apt to do more harm than good, your best solution is to allow one of the professionals at Hearing & Balance Clinics to safely and effectively remove it for you.
If you submit the adjacent form, a member of our team will call you back to help you set up an appointment for professional earwax removal so you can enjoy better ear health and greater comfort.
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