Safely Removing Earwax

Earwax provides an important function by keeping dust and dirt from entering the ear canal. Your ears are designed to regularly clean themselves by pushing earwax out. Usually, wax will eventually go away on its own. Sometimes, though, earwax can build up or get pushed back against the eardrum and need more attention.

If you want to clean out the earwax yourself, don’t use cotton swabs, as they may damage your eardrum. Over-the-counter earwax drops are available at your local pharmacy. Use as directed. If this doesn’t do the trick, consider scheduling an appointment to clear out the wax.

Will Impacted Earwax Go Away by Itself?

If you have impacted earwax, you shouldn’t try to remove it yourself because your efforts may lead to an ear infection. At Resonance Hearing Clinic in South Vancouver Island, we can help you remove the earwax safely. Call or text 778-401-3687 today for an appointment.

How Can Resonance Remove Earwax?

When it comes to the safe and effective removal of earwax, there are three methods that can be used: irrigation, curettage and microscopic suction (microsuction).

  • IRRIGATION
  • Irrigation is probably the most familiar method of wax removal to most people. It involves flushing the ears with clean, warm water to wash the earwax out. The tools used for this method of wax removal have been improved upon since the days of the big old stainless-steel syringe. Although there are better methods in most cases, irrigation is still a useful way to get the wax out, especially for deeply seated earwax that is close to the very delicate eardrum.

  • CURETTAGE
  • Curettage is the method of removing earwax using small tools specifically designed for the job. We have a variety of loops and picks that we use to gently maneuver the wax from the canal, and micro alligator forceps that we use on more stubborn earwax or foreign bodies.

  • MICROSCOPIC SUCTION
  • Microscopic suction involves suctioning “vacuuming” the ear canal while visualized under a microscope. Microsuction does not involve the use of water and therefore is less messy than irrigation. It can also be significantly quicker and more comfortable than other methods. Because the ear canal is visualized during the entire process and there is little if any contact with the ear canal, it is considered a much safer method of earwax removal. There are a couple of disadvantages of microsuction such as loudness and the inability to retrieve wax that is sitting on or near the eardrum.

At each of our Resonance Hearing Clinic locations, we have all three methods available to use. Most importantly, our clinicians have the education, experience and skill to know which particular method (or combination of methods) to use for each individual’s ear. Call or text 778-401-3687 today for an appointment.

Will Cleaning My Ears Stop the Ringing Sound?

Built-up earwax can cause and aggravate tinnitus, so it’s important to have the wax removed. This can be done by a hearing aid professional, or by yourself using over-the-counter earwax drops. If removing the wax doesn’t alleviate the ringing, visit one of our hearing aid professionals at Resonance Hearing Clinic so we can check for signs of hearing loss.

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