ON AIR: Earwax Buildup & Blockage – When Does It Become A Problem?

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Patient Resources

Earwax, we all have it.

It’s a substance that is naturally produced by the body and starts from our sebaceous oil glands and slowly migrates out of the ear. While it is a natural substance that keeps your ears healthy, just like anything, when there’s too much of it, it becomes a problem.

This can cause your ears to feel full, blocked, or irritated. It can also present itself as tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears. While most people understand that earwax resides inside of the ears, few are aware of when it becomes a problem.

In this week’s episode on Talk Radio, I discussed earwax buildup and what you can do about it. 

 

Myths About Earwax

One of the biggest myths around earwax is that it can be removed using a Q-tip – this is not the case.

In fact, the use of Q-tips is the number one cause of earwax compaction, which pushes the earwax deeper into the canal.

If you are using Q-tips, I recommend that you stop today and call our office to assess what damage has been done.

Earwax Removal Best Practices  

There are many treatments online to remove earwax, however, some of them are more effective than others.

Some over-the-counter products work by softening the wax, making it easier to remove and less stubborn.

In the case of immobile wax, sometimes it can be very painful to remove since the earwax becomes a part of the ear and molds to the crevices.

In this instance, you should visit an expert to assess what treatments are going to be the most beneficial. 

Audiology Associates Earwax Removal   

The good news is that earwax doesn’t have to be permanent, and our experts can provide a safe and non-invasive procedure to provide you with some relief.

Our experts can look into your ears using a specialized otoscope to assess the earwax. Then, we either use a curvette or a syringe to remove the wax.

The curvette allows us to gently scoop the earwax out, whereas the syringe allows us to gently flush the wax out.

If you are experiencing a buildup of earwax or discomfort, then the next step is to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

We feel so grateful to be able to educate listeners on Talk Radio about the dangers of earwax build up.

Feel free to call us anytime to talk about earwax at (410) 944-3100.

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Dr. Melissa Segev Au.D, F.A.A.A.

Dr. Segev, co-owner of Audiology Associates, proudly represents the values of excellent patient care upon which her practice was established in 1977. She understands that to properly treat the patient, excellent state-of-the-art medical testing is required along with acute listening and understanding of the patient’s perceptions of how they are feeling and what their needs might be.

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