Earwax might seem unpleasant, but it performs an important job in keeping your inner ears healthy. If you have a buildup of earwax that's affecting your hearing, experienced ENT specialist Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, at Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, provides ear cleaning services. The team offers earwax removal using safe, gentle methods to extract earwax without damaging your delicate inner ears. Call the office to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.
Earwax removal is a safe way of relieving a blockage in your ear when there's a buildup of wax.
Earwax (cerumen) is a natural secretion that helps to clean, lubricate, and protect your ear canal. It traps dirt and slows bacterial growth, then gradually moves out of your ear. If the earwax hardens or stops moving, it can create a blockage that affects your hearing.
The Cedar Crest ENT Associates team provides expert ear cleaning services to unblock your ears safely and eliminate ear pain and pressure.
The symptoms that indicate you might need to undergo earwax removal include:
These symptoms could indicate a different problem altogether, so don't assume it's an earwax blockage. You need an expert like your provider at Cedar Crest ENT Associates to look into your ear to know for sure.
It might sound like an easy enough job to just remove the earwax yourself. Unfortunately, this could cause even more problems. In fact, most earwax blockages start because people try to clean their ears but end up pushing the wax deeper and causing an impaction.
It's not just the blockage you could make worse, either. Your ear canal and eardrum are easy to damage if you insert a device into your ear to remove wax.
Your provider uses an instrument called a curet to remove wax, or they may use a specially designed suction device. They might flush out the wax with warm water. When performing earwax removal, your provider can see down your ear and take precautions to protect the delicate structures, which you can't achieve on your own.
If you have recurring problems with blockages that require earwax removal, your provider might suggest using a specialist wax-removal medication.. This medication comes in drops and must be used as directed, or the fluid might irritate the skin inside your ear.
If you're having trouble with blocked ears, call Cedar Crest ENT Associates for ear cleaning services, or book an appointment online.