Professional Earwax (Cerumen) Removal In Abilene
A buildup of earwax can make your ears feel like they’re blocked or clogged up, and it can also muffle and diminish certain sounds, making you think you might have a hearing loss.
Earwax is a valuable part of hearing health because it traps small bits of dirt and dust from going farther down your ear canal to the inner ear. It also has natural antibacterial and antifungal qualities that help prevent ear infections.
However, too much earwax can start causing problems in the form of a sudden, temporary hearing loss, vertigo, ear pain, headaches, dizziness, and/or a full feeling in the affected ear(s).
The main reason earwax might become impacted in your ears is from using Q-tips. These don’t actually clean out your ears; they rather push the wax farther down your ear canal, creating a deeper blockage.
Friends, neighbors, and online friends can be quick to suggest remedies for cleaning the earwax out of your ears, but the safest way to protect your ears and prevent future damage is to have it cleaned out by a hearing professional. Come see us at Holland Hearing Center for this if you’re in Abilene or its surrounding areas.
Having taken care of people’s hearing health for about 50 years, we’ve heard it all! Some of the myths and remedies we’ve heard of are as follows:
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The Myths & Misconceptions Surrounding Earwax
Myth #1 – “I have more earwax than is normal”
This is unlikely. Most of our patients have a regular amount of earwax that does its job in keeping their ears protected, but sometimes we see patients who clean out their ears too much, and this can lead to the body making extra.
Myth Remedy #2 – “I can clean out my earwax with cotton swabs or Q-tips”
We absolutely do not recommend this. It can be so damaging to the ears because it pushes the earwax farther down your ear canal until it gets impacted near your eardrum. This can be potentially dangerous and make removal more difficult.
Myth Remedy #3 – “I can just watch a few online videos on how to clean out my ears”
Everyone is an “expert” online these days. Much of their advice is given from their own web surfing rather than from professional training, with unreliable results. Please don’t sacrifice the best care for a quick, possibly dangerous fix.
Myth Remedy #4 – “I’ll wait it out and my ears will clean themselves”
This simply won’t happen. Impacted earwax won’t clear out on its own, and if an infection has started and is untreated, you could end up with a permanent hearing loss.
What Can You Expect During An Earwax Removal Appointment At Holland Hearing
At Holland Hearing Center, we offer earwax removal appointments. Our staff here at Holland Hearing are qualified and trained to perform this service for you, so you’ll never have to wait long for an appointment.
Here’s what you can expect during your appointment:
#1 – We’ll Talk About Your Reasons For Your Visit
We’ll walk with you to one of our private rooms and once there, ask some questions to help us understand exactly what’s been bothering you about your ears and get an idea of what might be behind it. We’ll also ask you about any past problems with your ears and your hearing history.
#2 – We’ll Do A Visual Examination Of Your Ears
We will look at the visible part of your ear and then at the inner part with a professional video otoscope. You’ll be able to see on a screen what we see, which might be wax buildup or a small foreign object causing the issue. If there’s so much wax buildup that we can’t see your entire ear canal, we’ll clean that out before having a second look.
#3 – We’ll Remove Your Earwax
We’ll clean out your earwax by either irrigation, manual removal or both. We will use a syringe filled with warm water for the irrigation and a curette that scoops out the wax for the manual removal –this feels like a mild tickle in your ear for a moment or two.
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We’re here solely to help you and your loved ones have the best hearing journey possible.
If you’d like to come see us for an ear cleaning, or if you have questions about it, then we’re ready to help.
Everyone on our hearing team is trained in professional earwax removal, so you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.
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