Earwax is a natural cleanser and lubricant produced in the ear canal. It moves dirt in the ear canals outwards while gathering any dead skin and hair cells. However, when earwax builds up, it can cause more harm than good. Excessive earwax can block your ears, causing a wide array of issues such as infections and even loss of hearing.
What is an earwax blockage?
Earwax blockage occurs when earwax build-up becomes too hard to wash away naturally. For a complete diagnosis, your doctor will use an otoscope, a special instrument that lights and magnifies your inner ear, to look at your ear.
How do you know if you have earwax blockage?
The most common symptoms for earwax blockage include:
These symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have wax build-up. The only way to know if you have earwax blockage is if a doctor looked in your ears, so you should visit a doctor once you start experiencing any of the signs mentioned above for a proper diagnosis.
Can I remove my own ear wax at home?
This isn’t recommended, as you can severely damage your ears. An attempt to remove your own wax at home can make the situation worse. Using small objects such as bobby pins, pen caps, and cotton swabs can further push the earwax into the ear canal. Also, avoid using ear candles as they can cause burns and punctured eardrums.
What is the safest way to remove ear wax?
Microsuction the safest and most effective way to get rid of excess earwax. The doctor uses a high-powered microscope and a tiny steel wand attached to a suction pipe to carefully remove the wax. Since this procedure does not use any liquid, the risk of infection is significantly reduced.
Get any over-the-counter eardrops to soften your earwax. If you have a perforated eardrum, steer clear of ear drops. As always, ensure that you use the eardrops as instructed by your doctor to avoid irritation.
How much does earwax removal cost?
At Ear Care Lab, we offer a wide array of earwax treatments. Contact us today to book a medical consultation.