Dealing with Ear Wax
You can’t prevent earwax. It’s there to protect your ears from dirt and germs. Nevertheless there are several reasons why you might get a build up of earwax:
- you just have more wax in your ears (some people naturally do)
- you have hairy or narrow canals (the tubes that link the eardrum and outer ear)
- your age - wax gets harder and more difficult to fall out
- hearing aids, earplugs and other things you put in your ear might be pushing the wax further in
There are several symtoms that might indicate earwax:
- difficulty hearing
- an ear infection
- sounds such as high-pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus)
Earwax may fall out of your ear over time, just through natural process, but you should never attempt to remove it by inserting anything into your ear - including and especially cotton buds. Ear wax may be induced to come out by regular use of ear wax softening products but his can take some time and if it is irritating and you would like immediate releif you can call us.
We remove earwax by microsuction. Microsuction is the safest and best technique to treat impacted ear wax. It can be used on sensitive ears and is also a great treatment for existing hearing aid users.
It is an innovative wax-removal technique using a state of the art binocular operating microscope (which allows depth-perception and magnification) to look straight into the ear canal and employs a very fine sterile suction device at safe low pressure to remove the wax buildup.
Thus, the microsuction technique for ear wax removal means that we can always see precisely what we are doing and can avoid touching the skin of the sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more comfortable, even if we occasionally need to use other instruments or techniques to remove hard wax.
Compared to traditional forms of wax removal such as ear drops and irrigation or syringing, microsuction is safer, quicker, generally better tolerated and more effective and can usually be done immediately, without having to wait weeks for drops to soften the ear wax.
Call us now if earwax is an intrusion in your life.