Earwax is a perfectly healthy substance your body produces and actually plays an important role in keeping your ears clean. However, if that wax becomes compacted, you may need to seek the help of an audiologist to have it professionally removed. At Allison Audiology, we understand the importance hearing plays in your day-to-day life, which is why we offer earwax removal services to ensure you hear clearly and easily.
What is earwax?
Earwax is the substance your body produces to help protect your ear canal. It is developed in the inner ear and then coats the canal to collect any debris or foreign particles that enter your ear. As you talk, chew and yawn, this wax and the debris it has gathered works its way through your canal and to the outside of your ear.
How does earwax become impacted?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to an earwax impaction. In fact, cleaning your ears with cotton swabs is one of the leading causes of compacted wax. When you use a cotton swab in your ear, you are actually more likely to push that wax deeper into the canal, leading to a buildup or blockage. Your ears typically produce the right amount of wax to keep your ears debris-free, but if you clean them too much, your body will make more and this can also lead to a blockage.
What are the symptoms of earwax compaction?
There are several signs you have a build-up of earwax, but the most common include:
- Temporary or sudden hearing loss
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
- Balance issues
- Pain in the ear
- Ringing in the ears
Can an audiologist perform earwax removal?
If you observe any of the symptoms above you should schedule an appointment to see an audiologist. Professional earwax removal is the safest way to eliminate your compaction. At Allison Audiology, we offer earwax removal using the syringe or curette. To remove ear wax with a syringe we fill it with water and then gently insert it into the ear to flush out the compacted wax. For tougher-to-reach blockages, we can also use a curette, which is a skinny, scoop-like tool that allows us to carefully remove the wax. These methods should be performed by an audiologist as at-home treatments can cause further impaction, infection or even eardrum perforation.
If you’re located near the Houston or Lake Jackson area and are experiencing frequent blockages, contact our office to learn more about how we can assist you with earwax removal and help you prevent further problems in the future.