The Benefits of Professional Ear Wax Removal
Although ear wax is a very natural and normal occurrence, a build-up of wax can cause some difficulties with hearing. The removal of this ear wax can offer a sense of relief for those who feel their ears have become ‘blocked’. A small amount of wax is not a cause for concern: in fact, this is healthy for your ears. But if there is an excess build-up, professional ear wax removal by a specialist, an audiologist, who understands the ear’s structure and can remove the wax without causing damage to the eardrum or hearing, is essential. Specialist hearing loss clinics such as London Hearing Specialists have professional Audiologists to identify and assess hearing and balance functions and remove excess wax.
What is ear wax?
Ear wax is a product of the glands in the ear canals. It is produced in order to protect the ears from germs, so although you may associate it with an unclean ear, it is actually a good thing. Made up of dust, debris, dead skin cells and oils, the texture is typically sticky. To have small amounts of ear wax is very normal, this will often fall out on its own as the glands produce more wax over time. Sometimes, however, there are times when a build-up of wax may be affecting your hearing. This is when it may be time to consult an Audiologist for a professional ear wax removal.
When should you seek help?
If you are experiencing any of the following: a feeling of fullness or a blockage in your ear, itching, ringing, partial or complete hearing loss, we recommend getting in touch with your chosen Audiologist as soon as possible.
Often these concerns can be addressed with a simple wax removal using professional techniques. Your Audiologist can then advise on how best to keep your ears clear of blockages and how to manage wax to prevent a build-up.
Why you should always visit a professional
Attempting to remove your wax build-up at home could result in the wax being pushed further into the ear canal and may even cause considerable damage to your ear canal and eardrum. Tools such as cotton buds, despite the common misconception that they are safe, should not be used within your ear canals.
By visiting a trained Audiologist for a professional ear wax removal, you will avoid any damage or pain and gain a great sense of relief. An Audiologist will typically opt to remove your ear wax build-up using a technique called Microsuction. This is favoured by Audiologists for the many benefits it offers, as opposed to older more traditional methods of wax removal.
Microsuction – A Safer, Faster and Cleaner Method
The process of microsuction to remove ear wax from the ear canal uses a microscope and a medical suction device to suck out the wax. This is a preferred option of removal as it can remove both soft and hard wax, making this procedure a faster and more effective solution.
During a microsuction appointment, the Audiologist will usually carry out a video otoscopy, which is a live video showing the inside of your ear canal, so you can see the before and after of your treatment whilst also checking the general health of your ear canal at the same time.
Microsuction will usually only require one appointment, unlike irrigation or syringing, and often the wax build-up can be completely removed within 30 minutes.
The benefits of visiting a professional Audiologist for wax removal
As mentioned above, a trained Audiologist will be able to remove your wax safely. During a wax removal appointment, they will also be able to check the overall health of your ear canal, ensuring there are no concerns or damage which may also be resulting in partial/complete hearing loss. By visiting a professional you will be receiving a thorough clean of the ear canal and useful advice from a qualified professional.
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