Ear Wax Removal

When is it Time for Professional Ear Wax Removal?
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What is Ear Wax?

Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a natural substance produced by glands in the ear canal. It serves several important functions, including:

  • Protecting the ear from dust, foreign particles, and microorganisms.
  • Lubricating the ear canal, preventing dryness and itching.
  • Serving as a barrier against water and trapping small insects.

Ear wax naturally moves out of the ear canal, carrying debris and particles with it. However, sometimes it can build up and cause issues.

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Common Ear Wax Removal Myths

There are many misconceptions about ear wax and its removal. Here are a few common myths:

  • Myth: Ear wax should be removed regularly.
    • Fact: Ear wax is essential for ear health and generally doesn’t need to be removed unless it causes symptoms.
  • Myth: Cotton swabs are safe for ear wax removal.
    • Fact: Cotton swabs can push wax deeper into the ear canal, potentially causing impaction and damage.
  • Myth: Ear candles are effective for removing ear wax.
    • Fact: Ear candles are not only ineffective but can also be dangerous, posing risks of burns and ear canal damage.
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When is it Time for Professional Ear Wax Removal?

While ear wax usually doesn’t cause problems, there are times when professional removal is necessary. Consider seeing a professional if you experience:

  • Earache or a feeling of fullness in the ear.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus).
  • Dizziness or vertigo.
  • Persistent itching in the ear.

If you’re unsure, it’s always best to consult a healthcare provider.

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Removing Ear Wax

Professional ear wax removal can be performed in several ways:

  • Microsuction: A gentle suction device is used to remove the wax under a microscope, ensuring precision and safety.
  • Irrigation: A controlled flow of water is used to flush out the wax.
  • Manual removal: Special instruments are used to carefully extract the wax.

It’s important to avoid DIY removal methods and seek professional help to prevent damage to the ear canal and eardrum.

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Why Knox Audiology?

At Knox Audiology, we provide expert ear wax removal services with a focus on patient comfort and safety. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Expert Care: Our audiologists specialise in effective and gentle microsuction ear wax removal techniques.
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment: We use the latest technology to ensure effective and gentle wax removal.
  • Patient-Centered Care: We prioritise your comfort and provide personalised care tailored to your needs.
  • Immediate Relief: Following treatment, patients generally experience improved hearing and comfort right away.
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