Ear Wax Management

Earwax: everyone’s favorite topic!  What we commonly call earwax is a waxy oil called cerumen that is produced by the ear canal. This oil is beneficial for the ear, as it works to protect the ear from dust, microorganisms, water, and even detrimental particles that could be harmful to the ear.

For the most part, ear wax can be left alone, and it will find its own way out of the ear.  In some cases, though, glands can overproduce ear wax and this creates a problem.  If you notice the extra buildup of wax and attempt to clean the ear on your own, you may accidentally push the earwax further into the canal. This can result in temporary hearing loss.

You may have too much ear wax simply because of genetics, incorrect earwax removal, or even continual earbud usage.

If left untreated, the buildup can cause an infection. If you use hearing aids, it can also affect the function of your hearing aids. Keeping your ears free from excess wax is an important habit! Doing it safely is critical.

To safely remove ear wax on your own, you may use a wet washcloth to gently wash the ear. If you are worried about potential buildup, schedule an appointment with one of our providers to have it safely removed. A general rule is to visit your provider every six months for a checkup and cleaning.

Symptoms of earwax buildup include:

  • Partial or sudden hearing loss.
  • A ringing sound in the ears (also referred to as Tinnitus).
  • An odd or unusual feeling in your ear.
  • An earache.

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