Earwax Removal

Earwax, or cerumen, is naturally produced by our bodies in order to keep debris or dust from getting into the ear canal. Earwax typically clears itself from the ears, but in some cases, it can also build up and cause a blockage. Contact the hearing instrument specialists (HIS) at Natural Hearing Centers if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: 

  • Ear pain or discomfort
  • Tinnitus (ringing or other sounds)
  • Hearing loss
  • Feeling of ear “fullness” or blockage
  • Dizziness or balance issues

Earwax Removal

If you experience a blockage, it may need to be removed. Depending on the size and severity of the blockage, it may need to be removed by a professional. Before attempting at-home earwax removal, we advise that patients speak to a HIS to ensure that it is safe for your situation. 

Professional Earwax Removal

Significant earwax blockages may need to be removed by your hearing professional. There are several different and safe ways available to assist this remove, including: 

  • Irrigation: This is one of the most common and comfortable methods used to remove blockages. Using a bulb or similar tool, the hearing specialist will use liquid to flush the earwax impaction out of the canal. 
  • Curettage: This technique uses a curved tool that is inserted into the ear canal by a professional to remove the blockage. 
  • Suction: Microsuction involves a medical suction tube that is designed to create a vacuum that gently sucks out the earwax impaction. This is an incredibly safe, pain-free and common method for earwax removal. 

At-Home Earwax Removal

Your HIS may send you home with an earwax removal kit. These kits can also be purchased over the counter at most drug stores or pharmacies and generally contain a wax-softening liquid and a rubber bulb syringe. Review the instructions carefully before applying the liquid to your ear canals, then allow it to sit for a period of time to soften up the earwax. You may experience bubbling or fizzing sensations, which is to be expected. After the recommended time period, flush your ears with warm (not hot!) water to remove the earwax, and keep in mind that it may take several days to completely clear the blockage.    

Do not ever attempt to remove earwax build up with a cotton swab or with an ear candle! Both of these methods can push blockages further into the ear canal and cause severe injury to your eardrum.

If you’re concerned you are overproducing earwax and may have an impaction, consult a team member today at Natural Hearing Centers to learn more about how we can help you hear clearer again! 

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