Have you experienced earache? Slight hearing loss? These are some of the most common symptoms of earwax buildup. If that sounds familiar, our friendly professional team can help you with our earwax removal service. Using the latest technology combined with our expertise, here at Hear Right, we ensure you get the best treatment possible to ensure your comfort and have you hearing clearly once again.
What is earwax?
Earwax (or cerumen) is an important part of normal ear function which helps to protect your ears from dirt and germs. Produced by cells in the outer ear canal, it is usually a yellowish-brown colour and has a soft, waxy texture.
When and why does earwax build up?
Earwax usually makes its way out of our ears on its own and is relatively unnoticeable. However, it does occasionally build up, causing discomfort, itchiness, and even hearing loss.
There are many reasons why you may have a buildup of earwax, and some people are more susceptible to earwax buildup than others. People with narrow or damaged ear canals, hair in their ears or skin conditions affecting their scalp and around their ears will be more likely to get buildups. Older people experience earwax buildup more often too. As we age, the glands that produce earwax weaken and produce drier, more slow-moving earwax.
Another possible reason for buildup may result from a foreign object entering your ear. This could include things like earplugs, hearing aids or cotton swabs, which may irritate the outer ear or push earwax deeper into the ear canal, causing it to harden and build up.
How should you clean your ears?
Your ears clean themselves and don’t usually need any extra care. When you move your lower jaw by speaking or chewing, earwax naturally shifts slowly outwards and then falls out. In addition, when you take a shower, some water enters your ears and helps to clear out any accumulated wax. However, earwax may still build up, becoming visible on our outer ears, prompting us to clean them ourselves.
So, what’s the best way to get rid of this excess earwax? We’ve got a few suggestions:
- Gently wiping your outer ear with a warm, soft cloth.
- Using medical-grade olive or almond oil ear drops.
- Irrigating your ear at home using a dropper.
There are some methods we strongly recommend against, such as using ear candles, cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear. These can cause injuries such as eardrum perforations and lead to irreversible hearing loss.
In any case, if you’re worried about earwax buildup or the problem is persistent, you should consult a medical professional to check you over.
Earwax removal near you
- Toronto, Hamilton and 30 other locations in Ontario.
- Calgary, Edmonton and 8 other locations in Alberta.
- Musquodoboit Harbour and Dartmouth in Nova Scotia.
- Mt. Pearl and Clarenville in Newfoundland.
- And we even have a centre in Miami, FL, USA.
What are the most effective earwax removal techniques?
If your earwax buildup is becoming a problem, then our professional team are here to help. At Hear Right Canada, we provide a range of treatments to ensure you get the best possible solution for you. Firstly, you’ll be assessed by one of our hearing experts. They’ll ask you some questions and examine your ears. Then, you’ll be given the personalized professional solution to best fit you.
Here are the three main methods of earwax removal we use;
- Wax softeners. These are used in drop-form to soften hardened wax and ease it out.
- Electronically controlled irrigation. This is done by flushing out the wax using warm water and a syringe.
- Microsuction. This method uses a small handheld vacuum which gently dislodges earwax and sucks it out.
These procedures are quick and relatively painless. Our professionals can also advise you on earwax removal management if you have a more persistent issue.
Choosing Hear Right for your earwax removal
Earwax buildup doesn’t need to cause you discomfort any longer. Our experienced, friendly staff are on hand to assess your case and offer the best possible treatment for you and your hearing.