All About Earwax
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.
If you’ve had your ears cleaned in the past, there is a chance it wasn’t the most comfortable experience. If a curette was used, it was likely uncomfortable having something placed deep in the ear, poking and pulling the wax out. If irrigation was used, the water was likely cold and the pressure caused some discomfort. These ear cleaning methods are a thing of the past!
At Allison Audiology, we offer the latest in earwax removal. At both our Houston and Lake Jackson locations, our hearing experts use the now infamous Earigator. Unlike traditional irrigation methods, the Earigator warms water to your body temperature. After allowing the wax to soften in your ear for several minutes, the warm water from the Earigator is used to gently flush the wax and debris from your ear canal.
The Earigator method allows earwax removal to be painless, quick, and efficient. You’ll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you have clean ears, free of occluding debris.
To see the Allison Audiology team and Earigator in action, visit our social media pages to see videos of wax removals. You’ll be completely familiar with the earwax removal process and feel at ease.
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.
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