In the right amounts, earwax can be good. In fact, it has lubricant and protective properties to help keep the ears and their environment healthy. However, too much of something is never good.
As earwax travels from the interior of the canal outward, the ear naturally cleans itself. Earwax picks up dead skin cells, dirt, and other foreign objects. In typical situations, extra wax naturally makes its way from the canal into the ear hole and is subsequently washed away.
Additionally, earwax shields the skin of the ear canal from irritation brought on by water, dust, foreign objects, and germs.
If you think cotton swabs can do the job of getting your ears clean, think again. Cotton buds are great if you’re just going to clean the outer part of your ear. If you intend to put it inside the ear canal, you risk pushing the earwax further into your ears which may lead to impaction.
Why does earwax build up?
When your glands overproduce, as is frequently the case in the summer when you sweat more, it can lead to excessive wax production. More wax can also be produced when people have diseases like diabetes, hypothyroidism, ear canal narrowing, and excessive hair growth in the canals.
If you wear hearing aids or frequently use earbuds, your risk of developing wax buildup increases. These devices can unintentionally obstruct the ear canals, hindering earwax from draining.
When cotton swabs or other sharp, pointed objects are used to remove earwax, you may unintentionally push the wax deeper into the canal, which can result in a blockage.
Using cotton swabs is the most frequent cause of earwax blockage. As audiologists, we discourage our patients from inserting cotton swabs in the ear canals.
How can I tell if I need professional ear cleaning?
You may need to see an audiologist for professional ear cleaning if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- A plugged-up sensation in the ears
- Ringing in the ears
- Muffled hearing
- Itchiness in the ears
- Discharge in the ear
Traditional methods of professional ear cleaning
Traditionally, excess earwax is removed using suction methods or by using a thin, curved tool referred to as a curet. An audiologist may also use a syringe loaded with warm water, saline, or diluted hydrogen peroxide to flush out the wax.
While these methods are still effective, technology and innovations have paved the way for newer and more convenient methods to clean the ears professionally.
Oracle Hearing Center uses Earigator to remove ear wax. Through this technology, earwax removal and ear cleaning are quick, painless, and efficient in our clinic.
The Earigator includes a built-in temperature control feature that consistently adjusts the water’s temperature to conform to your body temperature. Wax is irrigated rapidly and comfortably as a result, without any caloric effects or unpleasant vertigo sensations (typical side effects of conventional irrigation procedures).
With no risk to the eardrum, these precision-level pressure controls guarantee speedy, efficient clearance of even the most difficult accumulation. The process just requires 3-5 minutes per ear, which is far quicker than conventional techniques. The Earigator has no known negative side effects, unlike conventional ear wax removal procedures, which may give some lingering discomfort.
What happens if you don’t remove ear wax?
The signs of earwax blockage may worsen if excessive earwax is not treated. Hearing loss, ear discomfort, and other symptoms may be present. Additionally, an accumulation of earwax may make it challenging to see within the ear. If there is a blockage, diagnosing the root cause of your hearing problems and providing the right treatment may be hindered.
Professional ear cleaning in Lawrenceville, NJ
At Oracle Hearing Center, we take pride in our excellent care and service. If you need professional earwax removal services, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!