Managing earwax is an essential part of maintaining good ear health, yet it’s often overlooked or mishandled. At Arnold Hearing Centres, we understand the importance of effective and safe earwax removal. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you manage your ear health properly.
Understanding Earwax and Its Removal
The Do’s and Don’ts of Earwax Removal:
Avoid Cotton Swabs:
It’s a common practice to reach for a cotton swab when we feel earwax buildup. However, this can actually push the wax deeper into the ear canal and potentially cause damage. Instead of removing earwax, cotton swabs may lead to impaction or even harm the delicate structures inside the ear.
A safe alternative is using earwax removal drops available at pharmacies. These are typically composed of mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or saline solutions designed to soften the earwax. These solutions are a gentle first step in managing earwax at home.
When using these drops, tilt your head to allow the solution to reach the ear canal. Gently pull the earlobe in various directions to facilitate deeper penetration. Always follow the instructions on the product for safe and effective use.
Draining the Solution:
After letting the solution work for a few minutes, tilt your head to the opposite side to let the softened wax and solution drain out. This step is crucial in the removal process.
External Ear Cleaning:
Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe the outer ear gently and remove any residual wax. Avoid inserting the cloth or any other object into the ear canal.
When to Seek Professional Help
If you’re experiencing discomfort, hearing loss or suspect an excess buildup of earwax, it’s time to consult a professional. Audiologists and healthcare providers have the expertise and tools for safe and effective earwax removal. Remember, self-diagnosis and treatment can sometimes do more harm than good.
Next Steps for Effective Earwax Management
Consult a Specialist:
For any concerns about earwax buildup, schedule an appointment with an audiologist or ENT specialist. They can provide personalized advice and treatment.
Keep up to date with the latest guidelines on ear health by visiting reputable websites like the American Academy of Audiology.
Especially important for individuals with hearing aids, regular ear checkups help in maintaining optimal ear health and preventing complications.
What We Offer at Arnold Hearing Centres
We provide safe, in-office earwax removal services. This procedure is a quick and simple process conducted by our expert team using advanced equipment and techniques.
This common method, which is more advanced than at-home kits, involves using a stronger solution containing carbamide peroxide combined with irrigation to break up stubborn earwax effectively.
Curette and Suction:
For more challenging cases, we use a curette and suction method. This gentle technique ensures a thorough removal without damaging the ear.
Our Earwax Management Service:
For Ages 6 Years and Older – Pricing: $60 Includes:
- Otoscopy to check for earwax, infections and other ear conditions
- Earwax removal using curette, suction or irrigation
- Complimentary hearing assessment if no earwax is present
Finding the Right Support
Proper earwax management is vital for maintaining ear health.
While there are effective home remedies, it’s crucial to understand the do’s and don’ts to avoid complications.
At Arnold Hearing Centres, we are dedicated to providing professional and safe earwax removal services.
If you’re experiencing any issues or just need a routine check, our team is here to ensure your ears are healthy and your hearing is clear.