Earwax Removal Services In Maryland and DC
Earwax (cerumen) is the yellow-colored substance that lives inside your ears.
It has several important jobs, including protecting and moisturizing the ear canal and preventing dry, itchy ears.
Produced in the outer ear canal, it is made up of dead skin cells and hairs that it picks up as it makes its way to the entrance of the ear.
While it usually falls out in your sleep, sometimes a buildup can occur, causing temporary hearing loss and discomfort.
As it is completely self-regulating, it’s best to leave it alone instead of poking around with Q-tips. This can actually make your ears produce more earwax!
The best thing you can do is visit a medical professional who can effectively extract your earwax and look at it with a professional set of eyes.
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What Causes An Earwax Buildup?
An earwax buildup occurs when your ears produce an excess of earwax.
This could be due to a number of reasons, including health conditions or injury. The most common cause of earwax compaction is due to inserting Q-tips inside of your ears.
By inserting Q-tips inside your ears, it actually pushes the earwax further into the ear canal, which can cause impaction or even a rupture in the eardrum.
As more earwax is produced, it will make the earwax less mobile or more stubborn, causing ear fullness and itchiness.
Naturally, earwax becomes drier with age, so it is more common among the elderly.
What To Do If You Think Your Ear Is Blocked
Earwax fullness isn’t fun, so you’re bound to want some relief from it.
Rule number 1, you should never try to remove earwax yourself with your fingernails or any foreign objects such as bobby pins. Your ears are a very delicate organ, and one small mistake can be detrimental to the health of your ears.
If earwax is only a minor problem, you can use over-the-counter solutions to soften the wax. This encourages the earwax to fall out naturally.
In cases where the earwax is more severe, you must get in touch with a medical professional, and they will be able to safely extract the earwax.
Audiology Associates Earwax Removal Services
Some people are prone to producing more earwax than others.
The good news is that a buildup of earwax doesn’t have to be permanent, as there are treatments to provide you with some relief.
Our experts can look into your ears using a specialized otoscope to assess the earwax and see if there is a buildup.
Using a curvette, we can gently scoop out the earwax, ensuring it is a painless and efficient procedure.
To help get rid of stubborn wax, we can fill up a syringe with water and gently insert it inside of your ears. This helps to flush out any wax that may be causing you discomfort.
While we can remove earwax in all of our locations, in our Easton, Wilkens Avenue, Glen Burnie, Ellicott City, Timonium and Carney offices, we use state-of-the-art technology – the “Earigator” – to remove earwax. This machine provides us with better control over the pressure and temperature of the water going into the ear, allowing us to do a more thorough job!
The next time you’re in the office, we will take a further look into your ears to see if earwax is still a problem.
Before and After The Removal of Earwax
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Earwax doesn’t have to prevent you from living your life.
If you or a loved one is experiencing frequent discomfort or a buildup of earwax, then the next step is to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
With a team of 11 experienced and professional doctors of audiology, we have been recognized as a leading provider across 12 Maryland and DC locations.
Whether you’d like relief from earwax, would like a chat with one of our experts, or simply want to know more about earwax maintenance, then our team will be happy to help.