EAR WAX REMOVAL
What is Ear Wax?
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is completely normal and necessary. It is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to moisten the ear canals to protect the eardrum from dust and debris, even insects.
Earwax typically clears itself from the ears, but in some cases, it can buildup and cause blockages.
Symptoms of Ear Wax Blockage
What Does the Procedure Involve?
First, our Hearing Care Professional will have a look in your ear canals with an otoscope to examine the extent of earwax buildup - our location has a video otoscope which allows you to see inside your own ear canal on the screen. If the earwax buildup is significant, we will begin the removal process. At Evear Hearing we offer a full range of safe and effective ear wax removal methods including micro-suction, water irrigation, and dry removal. The specific method of removal is highly case dependent.
Methods of Removal
Water irrigation is an effective method to remove wax and/or debris when the ear canal is healthy and the eardrum is fully intact. The water irrigation unit we use has been designed specifically to remove ear wax. With irrigation, we aim low-pressure pulses of water to flush out the ear canal.
Microsuction is a system that effectively uses a vacuum to clear out any wax and/or debris from the ear canal. A fine suction tube is gently inserted into the ear canal while being viewed closely through the otoscope.
The Hal-Hen Ear Light is a curette instrument that has replaceable tips with a circular metal loop on the end. We also use similar curette instruments with various tip styles for gentle removal of ear wax and/or debris close to the entrance of the ear canal. The specific method of removal is highly case dependent.
Before Your Appointment
It is highly recommended that you soften the earwax by using drops of olive oil before your appointment. Softening the wax will create a smoother and quicker removal process. For the best removal experience, it is recommended to use the drops of olive oil for 3-5+ days before your appointment. If you are not comfortable using olive oil, we have earwax removal drops available for purchase in the clinic.
How NOT to Remove Ear Wax
People commonly use cotton swabs or hairpins to try and remove ear wax. Using cotton swabs could be doing more harm in your ear canal than you think.
NEVER attempt to try to dig out ear wax on your own.. You may unintentionally push the wax deeper into your ear canal which can cause serious damage to the lining of your ear canal or even puncture your eardrum.
Our staff performing the procedure have completed certification in wax removal and undertaken training and will use best-practice techniques.