Earwax removal, also known as cerumen management, is the removal of excessive earwax that can build up over time. Normally, earwax is a good thing because it naturally protects your ear. However, in some cases your body can produce too much of it to the point that you may not be able to hear as well as you should.
While there are some do-it-yourself methods to clean your ears of earwax, like cotton swabs, bobby pins and other objects put into the ear, we generally advise against doing it yourself. These methods usually may clear a path, but doesn't actually remove the earwax. You may actually wind up compacting the earwax in a way that can lead to it drying out and not actually solving your problem. The instruments you use at home may also damage part of your inner ear, causing permanent hearing damage.
We always recommend getting professional earwax removal services from a hearing centre like ours, or your family doctor. Our hearing care professionals possess the necessary equipment and skills to safely remove your excess earwax, thanks to their specialized education, training, and professional experience. We are able to safely and painlessly clean your ears and flush out the earwax without potentially damaging your ears.
Are Your Ears Blocked by Earwax?
Some people are prone to producing excessive earwax, but it doesn’t automatically lead to blockage
. Problems may arise when people try to remove the earwax at home because do-it-yourself techniques can create a worse blockage and/or cause an injury to your ear. Here is more information on earwax blockage that you should know.