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Earwax is actually a very important part of your ear health. Essentially, it’s your ear’s natural self-cleaning service, helping to keep them in tip-top condition.
Your body normally produces enough earwax to maintain health on its own, but sometimes this wax can become hard and impacted, which can lead to problems like hearing loss, or discomfort.
Earwax is probably something you would never think about, but it’s actually a very important element of your ear health. Essentially, earwax is an efficient self-cleaning service for your ears, and helps to protect the sensitive ear canal from things like bacteria and debris that can cause infections.
Produced naturally by glands in the ear canal, you’ll recognise earwax as any colour from yellow, to bright orange, to dark brown. Your body will normally produce enough earwax to maintain health on its own, but sometimes this wax can become hard and impacted, which can lead to problems like hearing loss, or discomfort.
Benefits of earwax
Earwax is a good thing to have in your ears, that’s why your body naturally produces it.
Its sticky texture prevents bacteria and germs from moving further into the ear, which could cause infections.
Its sticky texture prevents bacteria and germs from moving further into the ear, where they can cause infections.
In-built cleaning service
Any earwax containing trapped dirt or bacteria will simply fall out without you noticing, cleaning as it goes.
Eventually, the earwax containing any trapped dirt or bacteria will simply fall out without you noticing, cleaning as it goes.
The ear’s natural pH balance prevents irritation and dryness, as well as preserving overall ear health. It’s also slightly acidic, which is hostile to bacteria.
Earwax lubricates the skin and helps to maintain the ear’s natural pH balance, which prevents irritation and dryness, as well as preserving overall ear health. Its slightly acidic pH is hostile to bacteria, stopping growth and possible infection.
Keeps out unwelcome guests
It’s also a natural insect repellent. So if you’ve ever felt a tickling sensation in your ear – there won’t be anything creepy nor crawly.
Earwax is also a natural insect repellent – so if you’ve ever felt a tickling sensation in your ear, you don’t need to worry about anything creepy nor crawly.
Problems caused by earwax
An earwax build-up can cause:
- Itchy ears
- Discomfort, or earache
- Hearing loss
And for hearing aid wearers it can:
- Cause damage or a need for frequent cleaning of the hearing aid
- Cause the hearing aids to make a whistling noise
- Cause discomfort or poor fitting of a hearing aid and its day-to-day wearing
Earwax and hearing tests
It’s difficult to perform a full hearing test when there is a build-up of wax in the ears.
It can produce inaccurate test results and obstructs the view to the eardrum in order for your hearing care professional to accurately assess your hearing.
It also creates issues when you need to have an ear mould impression taken, or have hearing aids fitted.
- Produces inaccurate test results
- Obstructs view to the eardrum needed to accurately assess hearing
- Prevents an ear mould impression being taken
- Prevents fitting of a hearing aid
How to clean your ears
How you should clean your ears
Your ears will normally produce enough earwax to prevent problems, and make its way out of the ear on its own.
Many people use cotton buds to ‘clean’ their ears, but you’re actually more likely to cause issues. Rather than removing the earwax, it instead pushes it further into the ear, which leads to a build-up of wax.
Your ears are designed to be self-cleaning and will normally produce enough earwax to prevent problems occurring, and make its way out of the ear, completely on its own.
Many people use cotton buds in an effort to ‘clean’ their ears from excess wax, but you’re actually more likely to cause earwax blockage and further issues. Rather than removing the earwax, it instead pushes it further into the ear, which leads to a buildup, or impacted wax.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need to have the earwax build-up removed. If not removed, impacted earwax can lead to infection, which will need to be treated by a doctor.
Common causes of impacted wax:
- Cotton buds
- Hearing aids
- Earbud earphones
Symptoms of impacted earwax:
- Sudden, or impartial hearing loss
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
If you experience any of these symptoms, the build-up will need to be removed. If not removed, it can lead to infection, which will need to be treated by a doctor.
Safe methods for removing earwax
We avoid traditional methods such as irrigation, syringing, and candling as they can cause complications such as infections, tinnitus, and eardrum damage.
Instead we offer:
Traditionally, medical professionals would use methods such as irrigation, ear syringing, or candling to remove an earwax build-up. We avoid these methods as they can cause additional complications to your ear health, such as infections, tinnitus, and damage to the eardrum.
This is the quickest and safest method of earwax removal. A suction device quickly and carefully removes the earwax, constantly maintaining vision of the ear canal using a microscope. This ensures wax is removed quickly, comfortably, and with minimal risk of complications.
Ear microsuction is the quickest and safest method of earwax removal, including hard or impacted wax. The process is much more comfortable as it avoids touching the sensitive skin of the ear canal, and has no contact with the eardrum.
The medical suction device will quickly and carefully remove the earwax, whilst constantly maintaining vision of the ear canal using a microscope. So we’ll be able to ensure wax removal quickly, comfortably, and with minimal risk of further complications.
This method uses tiny specialist tools to gently tease out the wax from the ear canal (usually in minor cases, with soft wax). Impacted or hard wax would require softening with drops beforehand.
This method of earwax removal is performed with the use of tiny specialist tools to gently tease out the wax from the ear canal.
This would usually be used in minor cases, with soft wax. For cases of impacted or hard wax, the wax would require softening over a few days with drops beforehand.
Your hearing care professional will advise the best method for you.
A hearing care professional will assess the extent of the build-up to decide which method is suitable for you.