The ears are considered to be one of the most delicate parts of the body, which is why it is encouraged to get your ears professionally cleaned rather than doing it on your own.
The glands in the ears naturally create earwax to lubricate the ear canals and shield them from dirt and dust. Earwax normally leaves the ear canals on its own, but occasionally it can build up and produce a blockage.
Earmold or hearing aid wearers are more prone to earwax obstruction. Professional earwax removal or ear cleaning is advised in this situation. Harbor City Hearing Solutions offers professional ear cleaning and earwax removal in Melbourne, FL, and nearby locations.
How Do You Know If You Have Too Much Ear Wax?
When should you have your ears professionally cleaned? You may experience the following symptoms if you have earwax buildup:
- Sudden or partial hearing loss
- Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
- Discomfort or pain in the ear
Why do you need to address earwax buildup and get your ears professionally cleaned?
Professional ear cleaning or earwax removal is necessary if your ears have accumulated excessive earwax to the point of impaction. The cleaning of earwax is crucial since failure to do so might result in infection and other problems.
Remember that other underlying conditions may also cause earaches, vertigo, or hearing loss. In order to find out if the issue is just the result of too much earwax or another health concern, consult an audiologist the soonest possible time.
Earwax removal at home: Is it safe?
There are several DIY kits for removing earwax; the question is, are they safe and reliable?
Earwax removal kits are often available over the counter in most pharmacies and retail establishments. Typically, these kits include a tiny rubber bulb syringe and a liquid that aids in softening ear wax. The kits provide directions on how much liquid to use and how frequently the ear canals should be cleaned. There may be bubbling or fizzing sensations.
Relief from earwax issues may take a few days. DIY earwax cleaning kits should not be used, especially if you already have ear issues. Before attempting DIY earwax removal, it is strongly advised to speak with an audiologist, especially if you have worries or concerns about the status of your auditory system.
If in doubt, or if you are concerned with your unusual symptoms, we encourage that your get your ears professionally cleaned by an audiologist.
Ear Cleaning Methods to Avoid
Most individuals try to clean their ears, eliminate earwax, or unblock their ears by using Q-tips or cotton swabs. As audiologists, we highly advise against using cotton swabs to remove wax since doing so might push the debris further deeper into the ear canal, perhaps causing severe harm to the ears.
Only wipe the outside portion of the ear using cotton swabs. To prevent damaging your inner ear or perforating your eardrum, never use cotton buds or any other pointy things within your ear canal.
Be careful not to use ear candles or cotton swabs, either. The wax melting or the flame might burn you. Candle wax can also leak into your ear canal, cause a blockage, and momentarily reduce hearing. There have been instances where eardrums have been damaged during ear candling treatments. Be aware that the FDA has not approved any ear candle medicinal methods.
If you believe that your current ear health cannot be managed by at-home earwax removal kits, contact an audiologist to get your ears professionally cleaned.
Professional Ear Cleaning in Melbourne, FL
Harbor City Hearing Solutions uses the Earigator for professional ear cleaning and earwax removal.
The Earigator levels up your experience in getting your ears professionally cleaned. This state-of-the-art cerumen management offers one of the most cutting-edge processes in the world, seamlessly combining the functions of an irrigation system with an otoscope.
Even the most difficult ear wax may be removed effectively and securely thanks to the Earigator.
The Earigator, in contrast to conventional earwax removal techniques, enables self-contained temperature control to adjust the water to body temperature, removing the possibility of caloric or vertigo adverse effects.
With its precise pressure settings, the Earigator can rapidly and safely remove cerumen that has become firmly embedded in the eardrum.