Ear Wax Removal
We Provide Safer Earwax Removal and Ear Cleaning
Earwax or cerumen is a sticky, wax-like oil produced by glands in your ears for lubrication as well as cleaning out dirt and debris. Because of the natural benefits it provides and the potential damage you can cause to your ears, it is better to avoid digging earwax our of your ears or applying OTC earwax remedies. Inland Hearing Aids, Inc. provides safer earwax removal and ear cleaning for patients who produce excessive earwax.
Symptoms of Earwax Buildup
Normally, earwax typically clears itself from your ears, but it can accumulate and cause blockage and irritation. Accumulated earwax often produces symptoms like:
- Earaches or itching
- Tinnitus (unexplained ringing or noise in the ear)
- Conductive hearing loss
- Excessive eardrum pressure
Removal is usually a simple, in-office procedure that can be safely performed in a few minutes by someone who has the right tools and expertise. If the production of excessive earwax is an ongoing issue, we can recommend specific products designed to reduce earwax production without interrupting or upsetting the delicate balance of necessary earwax production.
What NOT to Do When You Experience Earwax
Cotton swabs are the most common instruments used by people to remove earwax buildup. They usually just make things worse by pushing the blockage further down the canal, risking damage to the ear. Potential harm to your eardrum by accidentally pushing the cotton swab too far is one of the most common risks of attempting to remove earwax yourself. Reserve cotton swabs to clean the outer portion of your ear canal rather than going too deep.
At-Home Earwax Removal
There are plenty of at-home earwax removal kits available in your local drugstore. However, not all of them are both safe and effective. Earwax removal kits typically include a liquid designed to soften the earwax and a small rubber bulb syringe. The liquid is applied into your ear canal, allowed to sit for a period of time, and then you use the bulb syringe to gently flush your ears and the earwax from your ears. Before using an at-home kit, you should speak with a hearing care professional because not all formulas provide the proper chemical balance to help remove earwax without doing damage to your ear canal, and at-home removal might not be the right choice for individuals with certain types of conditions.
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Safe In-Office Earwax Removal
Two methods are used to safely remove earwax in our office. The most common method involves irrigation similar to at-home earwax removal kits. However, we have access to a stronger earwax removal formula with carbamide peroxide, which we use in combination with irrigation to break up stubborn buildup more effectively. A less common method makes use of a curette and suction to gently scrape and remove earwax blockage from your ear canal. Because we are better able to see what we are doing along with knowledge and experience, we are able to use this technique without causing damage to your ears.