Earwax Removal: An Essential Guide

by | Feb 12, 2024 | Ear Wax

We understand that managing earwax is a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of maintaining optimal ear health.

With over 25 years of experience in hearing healthcare, we have developed a comprehensive approach to earwax removal, ensuring both effectiveness and safety. This guide aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to manage your ear health properly.

Understanding Earwax and Its Importance

Earwax, or cerumen, plays a significant role in protecting the ear canal from dust, bacteria, and other foreign particles. While it is a natural and beneficial substance, excessive earwax buildup can lead to discomfort, hearing loss, and other complications.

Recognizing the correct methods for earwax removal is essential for preventing potential issues.

The Dos and Don’ts of Earwax Removal

Avoid Cotton Swabs:

It’s tempting to use cotton swabs to clean the ear canal, but this practice can push wax deeper into the ear, leading to impaction or damage to the ear’s delicate structures. Instead, focus on cleaning the outer ear gently with a damp cloth.

Consider Over-the-Counter Solutions:

Earwax removal drops from your local pharmacy can safely soften and remove excessive earwax. These solutions typically contain ingredients like mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or saline, designed to gently dissolve the wax.

Correct Application:

For effective use of earwax removal drops, tilt your head to ensure the solution fully enters the ear canal. Gently pulling the earlobe in different directions can help the solution penetrate deeper. Always adhere to the product’s instructions for safe application.

Draining the Solution:

After allowing the solution to work, tilt your head to the opposite side to let the wax and solution drain out. This step is key to removing softened earwax effectively.

Professional Earwax Removal:

If you experience significant discomfort or hearing loss, or you believe there’s an excessive buildup of earwax, it’s crucial to seek professional help. Audiologists and healthcare professionals have the necessary tools and expertise to remove earwax safely and effectively.

Our Approach to Earwax Management

We offer professional in-office earwax removal services, employing advanced equipment and techniques to ensure a safe and thorough cleaning. Our methods include:


Utilizing a solution with carbamide peroxide, combined with irrigation, we can effectively break up and remove stubborn earwax.

Curette and Suction:

For more challenging cases, we employ a combination of curette and suction methods to ensure comprehensive removal without causing damage to the ear.

Our Earwax Management Service:

Designed for individuals aged six years and older, our service includes an otoscopy to check for earwax, infections, and other conditions, followed by earwax removal using the most appropriate method. We also offer a complimentary hearing assessment if no earwax is present.

Take the Right Step Toward Ear Health

Proper earwax management is vital for maintaining good ear health and preventing complications. While there are effective at-home remedies, knowing when to seek professional help is crucial.

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of earwax removal services. If you’re facing any earwax-related issues or need a routine checkup, we’re here to ensure your ears remain healthy and your hearing clear.

Houston’s Trusted Experts in Earwax Removal

For personalized advice and professional earwax removal services, contact Allison Audiology today. Let Houston’s leading hearing healthcare experts take care of your ear health.

Don’t let earwax buildup affect your hearing and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with us and experience the difference professional care makes.

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Jana Emola-Austin, Au.D.

Raised in Bryan, Texas, Jana completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before attending the University of North Texas with an ambition to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology. However, a required audiology class soon set her on a new career path. She became enthralled with the subject and says audiology resonated with her because it involved everything she enjoys – helping people to improve their lives and relationships with others and using technology to make positive impacts. Following this revelation, Jana went on to graduate with her Doctor of Audiology degree. After many years of assisting patients in the clinic on a daily basis, Jana’s main responsibilities at Allison Audiology have shifted to a management role. She now works behind the scenes focusing on administrative, management, and marketing responsibilities.