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  • What you need to know about ear wax removal

    What you need to know about ear wax removal

    Ear wax is a natural part of ear health. We all have ear wax, it’s just that some people produce more wax than others. Below we explore what you need to know about ear wax removal – what ear wax is comprised of, its protective role, and ear wax removal methods.

    What is ear wax?

    Ear wax is a combination of dead skin cells, secretions and dust. This gradually builds up over time in the ear canal. The consistency and amount will vary between individuals and there is no way of stopping it from producing.

    The role of ear wax

    Although often viewed as a nuisance, ear wax does have an important role to play. It helps to lubricate the ear canal and protects foreign objects from entering the ear canal such as dirt, bacteria and dust.

    Signs that your ears are blocked with wax

    There are a number of signs that can indicate your ears are blocked with wax. These include difficulty hearing, tinnitus, earache, dizziness and recurring ear infections.

    Self-wax removal warning

    It’s important that you don’t insert cotton buds into your ear canal, as this can push the wax further into the ear and cause damage to the ear canal.  

    Ear wax microsuction

    Ear wax microsuction is a procedure which uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. It is performed with the aid of a surgical microscope and a calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids. Ear wax microsuction is one of the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable methods of removing ear wax. 

    What you need to know about ear wax removal – where to find out more

    Help in Hearing offers hearing health advice via our independent audiologists. Visit our ear wax removal services and microsuction page to learn more.

    Or please do get in touch with us today to book an appointment for ear wax removal.

  • Is ear wax causing hearing loss?

    Is ear wax causing hearing loss?

    There is nothing worse than having to get people to repeat themselves over and over because you are finding it difficult to hear. If you are struggling with your hearing then there may be a number of reasons for this and you should always seek the advice of an independent audiologist. Ear wax can be the cause of hearing loss and if this is the case then this is the most treatable problem that there is. Hearing loss from ear wax occurs because of a build-up of wax in the ear or when it has been compacted against the eardrum. In this article, we discuss “is ear wax causing hearing loss?”

    What is ear wax?

    Ear wax is a mix of skin cells and oil, which combine to trap incoming dust, dirt and bacteria. When your body makes the right amount of earwax you should never have to remove it and never have to put anything in your ear.

    Excess ear wax production

    Excess ear wax may be produced because you are removing it with earbuds or your body may simply produce too much. In this case, you will need to see an independent audiologist to get the ear wax removed safely. The use of cotton buds simply compacts the wax and will make it more likely that you will experience hearing loss.

    When to get a hearing health check

    It can be difficult to know when to get a hearing health check because the loss of hearing can be gradual. If you begin to notice a loss of hearing quality, however, then you should certainly see an independent audiologist to get advice. Ear wax build-ups may also cause the ear canal to become itchy and irritated. If you are regularly tempted to stick a finger in your ear then you should resist this and seek hearing testing to determine whether a build-up of ear wax may be occurring. As a simple rule, if you have any doubt about your ears then you should seek advice. After all, hearing is one of your most important senses and it is extremely important to protect it.

    Ear wax causing hearing loss – where to find out more

    Ear wax can cause the loss of hearing, but this is thankfully the easiest cause to treat. If you’re worried about hearing loss then contact an independent audiologist today. If you would like to learn more about hearing problems and ear wax build-up, then contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

    You can read about ear wax removal and microsuction, the latest gentle, safe and pain free method for removing ear wax here.

  • What is earwax?

    What is earwax? And how not to clean your ears

    What is earwax? We all have it, but nobody really wants to talk about it. Ear wax.

    Ear wax is the everyday name for the waxy yellow substance in your ear canals. It’s medical term is cerumen, and believe it or not, it does actually have a function. Produced by the sebum glands under the hair follicles at the entrance of the ear canal, cerumen not only protects the sensitive skin lining your ear canals, but it also helps to keep your ear canals clean, lubricated, free from bacteria and fungus, and most importantly, keeps foreign objects and substances like excess water from entering the canal.

    Never put anything in your ears

    Never put cotton buds in your ears

    This seems simple enough, but this is the number one mistake people make when cleaning their ears or trying to clean an obstruction. If you think your ears are obstructed, contact a specialist and do not try to remove it yourself!

    How NOT to clean your ears

    The ears are an amazing part of our anatomy and are fairly self-sufficient. Your ears do a great job of keeping themselves clean and functioning properly, so there should rarely be a need for human intervention.

    However, things happen and sometimes we must step in. Just remember – as tempting as it may be – don’t stick anything in your ear canals! This includes cotton buds. These are great for applying make-up or small cleaning projects around the house, but NEVER PUT THEM IN YOUR EARS.

    1. Don’t go in after the wax yourself

    The best way to clean excess earwax is to gently wipe the visible earwax from the entrance of the ear canal using a moist flannel or tissue. Do not put anything into the ear canal!

    2. Don’t use ear candles

    Ear candle

    The theory behind the ear candle treatment is that the heat creates a vacuum that pulls out ear wax (think sucking oxygen out of a bottle). The only problem with this treatment is that there is little evidence that a strong enough vacuum (if any) is created and also, there is a big risk for injury from the flame or hot wax.

    When to clean the ears and consult a specialist

    Some symptoms may seem more obvious than others, however these are all signs that your earwax should be removed or you should go to see a specialist audiologist.

    • Trouble hearing or sudden loss of hearing
    • Pain
    • Itching
    • Feeling that your ear canals are blocked
    • Dizziness
    • Ringing
    • Problem with balance *seek medical attention immediately

    Excess ear wax

    Excessive ear wax can be caused by a number of factors, and normally happens when the ear canal narrows. This narrowing of the canal can be the result of infection, certain skin disorders, or the body’s response to blockage. Indicators that your earwax production may be high include a ringing in the ears (tinnitus), trouble hearing, itching or pain in the ear canal.

    The best way to clean excess earwax is to gently wipe the visible earwax from the outer ear. Do not put anything in your ear!

    Ear blockage

    The most common reason to have your ears checked and earwax removed is blockage. Some of the main reasons for blockage are caused by bad habits, such as:

    • Pushing ear wax in with cotton buds
    • Frequent use of ear bud headphones, noise blockers or ear plugs
    • Hearing aid devices
    • Or one could just naturally be prone to earwax over-production

    If you have any problems with your ears, you should consult a specialist.

    Earwax – how we can help

    Here at Help in Hearing we offer an earwax microsuction service. Earwax microsuction is a procedure which uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. It is performed with the aid of a surgical microscope and a calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids. Ear wax microsuction is one of the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable methods of removing ear wax.

    We are now able to offer ear wax microsuction in the Bucks and Berks area. Find out more on our Ear Wax Microsuction page.

    If you have concerns about ear wax, please call 0845 222 0579 to book an appointment at the Farnham Common or Marlow practice.