Nobody wants to talk about it, or even think of it: however excessive ear wax is an issue that some people face, and Dunn Audiology is happy to help. While we are all tempted to remove it on our own with a cotton swab, the truth is, ear wax plays an important role in how our ear functions.
Clinically referred to as cerumen, ear wax is that yellowish waxy substance within your ear canal. While it also appears in other mammals, ear wax protects the skin of your ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi, insects, and water. Excess or compacted cerumen can block the external auditory canal or hearing aid, which will ultimately affect your hearing.
While built up ear wax is annoying, here are three important things to remember about removal:
1. As mentioned above, ear wax plays an important role in protecting your ear. Wax will come out naturally in the shower, or while you are sleeping.
2. Step away from the cotton swab! You should actually never put anything in your ear, or your child’s ear to remove ear wax. A simple wipe of the outer ear with a clean cloth after a shower and bath, and you are good to go!
3. If excessive ear wax has built up, and is trapped or lodged in your ear; visit your audiologist. While this type of build-up can be uncomfortable, and affect your hearing - the safest way to remove the excess wax, and prevent any additional lodging or build up is by visiting a qualified professional. While it may seem unnecessary, your ear canal and eardrum are delicate, and can be damaged easily: therefore don't try to remove ear wax yourself with any device placed into your ear canal.
At Dunn Audiology, they pride themselves on providing you with exceptional hearing care services to meet and exceed the expectations of their valued patients. Their mission is to provide all patients with a comfortable hearing clinic experience in a locally owned practice, by delivering quality products and services in a friendly, affordable, and educational environment. For more information, visit their website.