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What is Ear Wax Removal?
Since your ear canal is exposed to the elements, dirt and dust make their way in there over time. Cerumen (earwax), is created by glands inside the ear canal to gather dirt, dust and dead skin cells and get them out of there; that’s why you eventually see earwax seeping out of the ear canal. In addition to keeping the ear canal free of debris, cerumen keeps the skin of your outer ear canal lubricated and maintains acidity inside the ear canal—acidity that kills bacteria.
When is Ear Wax a problem?
Cerumen defeats its purpose when the body produces too much of it, clogging the ear canal. Such clogs are usually not due to the cerumen alone, but to poor attempts at removing it. Many people, through methods such as the incorrect use of cotton swabs, push cerumen deep into the ear canal, where it becomes impacted and blocks soundwaves from clearly reaching the eardrum. Impacted cerumen is the leading cause of conductive hearing loss.
How is impacted Ear Wax Removal treated?
Getting rid of unwanted cerumen is a simple procedure, but one that should only be performed by properly trained professionals like the staff at Absolute Hearing Care. Impacted cerumen is softened with a lubricant and then removed using specialized tools and the utmost care. Attempting to perform a removal on your own can lead to further impaction as well as damage to the eardrum.
Ear Wax and hearing aids.
Since the body is designed to move cerumen out through the ear canal, it can and does easily attach to hearing aids, causing them to fit and perform poorly. We can’t stress strongly enough how important it is to have your hearing aids cleaned thoroughly, on a regular basis (please don’t apply over-the-counter earwax softening agents to your hearing aids, as such products can damage hearing devices).
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Whether you’re troubled by cerumen-related hearing loss or in need of a complete cleaning and servicing of your hearing aids, we’re standing by with all the help you need. Call us today for an appointment!