Ear wax Removal
Ear wax is produced by glands in the ear canal. It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection from bacteria, fungi, insects and water. Normally, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris. Everyone makes ear wax, but the amount and type are genetically determined just like hair color or height. Smaller or oddly shaped ear canals may make it difficult for the naturally occurring wax to get out of the canal and lead to wax impactions.
Blockages in the ear canal called impactions, occur when the ear wax gets pushed too far into the ear canal. This can occur when q-tips or other objects are used to remove outer wax and push the rest of the wax deeper into the ear canal. Impactions affect about 6% of people and is the most common on ear problems.
Symptoms of an Ear Wax Impaction Include:
- Decreased hearing
- Ear pain
- Plugged or fullness sensation
- Ringing in the ear
- Itching or drainage from the ear canal
Ear Wax and Care
See your doctor if you think you may have any symptoms of an earwax impaction. Other conditions may cause these symptoms and it is important to be sure ear wax is the culprit before trying any home remedies. Ear wax blockage can be prevented by avoiding the use of cotton-tipped swabs or Q-tips and other objects that push the wax deeper into the ear canal.
Complications of Ear Wax Blockages Include:
- Perforated eardrum
- Middle-ear infection
- External-ear infection (swimmer’s ear )
- Permanent hearing loss from acoustic trauma
Ear Doctor Miami
At Fox Medical Centers we offer an ear wax removal service that removes ear wax with a small plastic spoon called a curette, or by irrigating the ear with warmed water, sodium bicarbonate, or other prescription-strength eardrops.
Our medical professionals take the time to listen, to find the answers and to provide our patients with the best care. If you would like to schedule an appointment or receive more information about this treatment, Find a location near you.