Ear Wax Removal


Ear Wax Removal

What is Ear Wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that is made of old skin cells and oils from the ear canal. Excessive wax may lead to either hearing loss or distortion, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), fullness, or discomfort.  It may reduce the effectiveness of a hearing aid. A diagnosis is made by direct visualization using an ear scope or microscope to examine the ear canals in the office.It is common to have an asymmetric buildup in wax, meaning each ear canal may have a different quantity.

Who is the Typical Patient?

There are over-the-counter ear drops that may help soften or liquefy the wax so that it escapes the ear canal on its own.  However, this is more effective for small quantities of wax. Complete blockage or chronic obstruction may require additional effort.

At Century ENT, we believe that the most efficient way to remove wax is through in-office microscopic visualization. Our neuro-otolaryngologists utilize specially designed tools for wax removal, such as a curette for suction/vacuum. Our emphasis on visual-guided treatment ensures the utmost precision and care for our patients.

It is quite common to require ear cleanings multiple times a year depending on how quickly wax builds.

Treatments to Avoid

  • Ear candling – this may burn the ear canal and is not very effective.
  • Do not use an instrument from home to take into the ear canal and remove the wax.  This can lead to damaging the ear canal or eardrum.
  • Do not purchase home remedies over-the-counter that are not well studied. They may not work or may be dangerous.

For More Information on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Earwax” visit this link. 

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