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Earwax Removal

The services at House of Hearing go beyond the hearing aid journey. Our audiologist and hearing instrument specialist are also trained in providing earwax removal services. 

Before diving into earwax removal, it’s important to understand what earwax, or cerumen, actually is. Cerumen is a naturally-occurring substance with antibacterial properties. It services as a self-defense mechanism that protects the delicate components inside our ear that help and enable us to hear. Without earwax, debris and other dirt can enter inside the ear canal and can potentially cause damage. Earwax, with its sticky surface, catches debris and other dirt. 

As we chew, talk and move our jaw, earwax is naturally pushed outwards toward the outer part of the ear. Eventually, the dried earwax, often combined with dirt or other debris, naturally falls out. Sometimes, however, that doesn’t happen like it should. 

What causes impactions?

While earwax, or cerumen, is a naturally occurring substance, sometimes people produce too much. When people produce too much earwax, some issues can begin to occur, including impaction, which can eventually lead to muffled hearing or hearing loss. Wearing hearing aids can also cause earwax to build up too often. If you find that earwax builds up on your devices often and is difficult to clean, call House of Hearing for an appointment. 

How is earwax removed?

The earwax removal services are quick, pain-free and long-lasting. During an earwax removal appointment, your hearing specialist will soften the earwax in your ear canal with glycerin or other oil drops. The HIS is trained to use the various tools needed to remove any excess or impacted earwax, including special earwax scoops, syringes and even suction tools. The process is pain-free, though could cause some pressure if earwax is severely impacted. 

Follow-up tips

By the end of the session, patients should be able to experience more clarity in hearing. If the earwax was severely impacted, the hearing specialist may recommend a follow-up appointment. The professional will also recommend self-cleaning tips to follow at home, which may include wiping the ears daily with a damp cloth after a bath or shower. In addition, those who wear hearing aids should ensure that their hearing aids and other devices are cleaned every night, free of any debris or dirt. 

To learn more about cerumen or earwax cleaning services, contact House of Hearing today.